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Old 8th November 2016, 10:01   #46
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I have driven about a 100 kms after the service and lower arm change. Initial reactions are:

- RoadRunner feels tighter and sure-footed around corners. I know people will laugh at me for using WagonR and corners in the same sentence, but it feels much better now

- Airflow from the AC has increased significantly and is more than sufficient for the summers. My benchmark was my friend's Baleno Alpha which is why I felt the airflow to be low. May be I check another WagonR to be double sure. The cabin filter was removed rather than being replaced. I am undecided whether to put a new one (and reduce the airflow slightly).

- Brake bite is back. I'm going easy on the new pads for a few hundred kms.

- I filled nitrogen in my tyres while getting the alignment done. 33 psi in all four. I feel the comfort levels are same as I get with 32 psi of normal air. A run on the ORR is pending to test the overall alignment work.

RoadRunner completed 1 year 1 month with me in Hyderabad and has run ~16.5 kms in this time. It includes 3 long highway trips:

1. BBSR-HYD: 1200 kms (in 1 day)
2. HYD-BLR-HYD: 1200 kms (over 2 days)
3. HYD-BLR-HYD: 1350 kms (over 2.5 days)

The remaining ~13k kms have been covered in the city or on the ORR runs.
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Finally, the RoadRunner breached the 39k kms mark on Saturday. Minor rattles are irritating, bass thump from the stock head-unit helps ignore the rattles. FE has been 14.7 kmpl with 50% AC use, 100% city.

The ticking sound from the brake caliper pin is back. I went to the FNG and he suggested to replace the caliper whenever possible. He assured me, apart from the irritating sound, that caliper would pose no problem even if I drove it for 25k kms. I will replace in the next couple of weeks when time permits. The car has to be left with the FNG where he will note down the part number and place order. It will take one day to arrive and then will be fitted.

The stock battery soldiers on. I haven't got time to replace it and it hasn't thrown any tantrums.
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The RoadRunner ran past the 40k mark on 21st Dec. During the last 14.5 months, RoadRunner has seen 18k kms of tarmac. Majority of it is Hyderabad city roads. The last alignment has been good, 90-100 kmph on the ORR has been like 'meh'. Even higher speeds (for trial run) were stable for the brief distance I checked. Work has kept me very busy through December and I haven't had time to order the brake caliper and get the replacement done. I guess it will be half past Jan before I can devote time to the RoadRunner. Till then, fill it shut it and forget it.
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Tanked up the RoadRunner. Got a very good range and FE as, about 70% of the run was on the ORR at sub-three digit speeds.

Distance: 496 kms
Fuel: 27.43 lts
Price: 73.81 INR/lt
FE: 18.08 kmpl
Usage: 70% ORR, 30% city (60% AC)
Price: 4.09 INR/km
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RoadRunner crossed the 41k mark on 25th Jan '17. I got the front LHS brake caliper replaced and the sound is now gone. Total bill came to 3250 INR. including full washing and interior cleaning of the car. The new caliper also came with new brake pads along with it. I had replaced the front brake pads during my last service (2.5k kms since service). So now I have a relatively new set of front brake pads with me, along with a damaged caliper.

I went on a 500 km round trip to Hyd-Srisailam-Hyd on 28th. Started from Hyd by 8:30am and were back by 7pm. We were 4 of us and the trip was relaxed and enjoyable. RoadRunner handled the ghats pretty well, aided by the relatively new Earth-1s. Poor low end torque meant some slipping of clutch/revving while starting from standstill. The FE was 15.5 kmpl with 100% AC and speeds maintained sub-110 kmph.

On the return leg, I could hear a slight screeching sound from the new set of brake pads, could feel minor vibrations of the screeching while driving in the ghats (I used lower gears/engine braking wherever required). The sound came mostly when the car was slow/about to stop. I haven't encountered it after I returned and while driving in the city.

Summer is slowly making its presence felt here. Come March and I plan to get the AC system cleaned. While the cooling was adequate through rest of the year, I feel it will be inadequate during summers. I also miss the quick chilling effect of the AC which was once there and a simple cleaning should solve the issue. Any pointers for a good AC mechanic in Hyderabad?

Odo stands at 41.5k kms and the OE battery is still holding on. Work load means I still fill it and forget it.
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And the RoadRunner ran past the 42k mark over the last weekend and currently stands at 422xx kms. Rattles galore and AC seems loud with reduced air throw, though cooling is good. Need to get them checked some time. The Earth-1s have covered 6k kms and are doing a good job. Which reminds me, I need them rotated as well. Hopefully, I will be able to devote a weekend in March to take care of the above issues.

The last tankful returned 16.66 kmpl (436.6 kms in 26.2 litres). This was 50% ORR, 50% City and 80% AC.
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