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Old 15th May 2016, 09:54   #121
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The CPL costs a bomb too.
True. I almost ordered the CPL, but decided it was too expensive at $40!
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Had been to the TeamBHP drive to Ooty (Team-BHP Meet @ Ooty : 9th-10th July, 2016) with the Polo GT TSi. Came across all sorts of roads - smooth 2 lane village roads, rough roads that were a test to the suspension, non-existent roads that were a test for ground clearance, 60+ hairpin bends, and smooth winding hill roads which were a joy to drive. Except for the rough roads where there were some irritating rattles, the car performed very well and was fun to drive. And on the non-existent roads there was no under body scraping (maybe because of the low weight as I was the only one in the car).

I have compiled a short video of the drive through these roads.

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The price in Amazon right now is INR2600.
Hey graaja, try now. Its showing as INR1600 + Delivery.

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Hi Graaja, just went through your thread & was very impressed by all your DIY projects. I don't know how I have missed on this lovely thread. For your information even I am from Coimbatore. How was your experience at the 3M outlet in R.S. puram. I have been planning to try the services of 3M but for some reason or the other have not been able to.
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Hey graaja, try now. Its showing as INR1600 + Delivery.

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Thanks a lot for pointing this out. I have placed the order

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Hi Graaja, just went through your thread & was very impressed by all your DIY projects. I don't know how I have missed on this lovely thread. For your information even I am from Coimbatore. How was your experience at the 3M outlet in R.S. puram. I have been planning to try the services of 3M but for some reason or the other have not been able to.
Thank you for the kind words.

I have got an annual package for the GT TSi and have also done one full exterior and interior treatment for the Jetta and found the results to be excellent. Based on my experience so far, I would definitely recommend this outlet.

Good to know that you are from Coimbatore too. Maybe we can have a small meet of Coimbatore TBHP members.
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Based on my experience so far, I would definitely recommend this outlet.Good to know that you are from Coimbatore too. Maybe we can have a small meet of Coimbatore TBHP members.
I second that graaja. Have been there on couple of occasions and the RS Puram outlet is highly recommended for their excellent service. Mr.Sudan who is the franchise owner takes personal care in ensuring the same.
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Good to know that you are from Coimbatore too. Maybe we can have a small meet of Coimbatore TBHP members.
I regularly spot both of your cars near my home!! I guess we are from the same place!!!

Have noticed that the light from the projectors in the left headlight is a dull when compared to that of the right headlight in your GT!!!

It maybe me but I felt like pointing that out might help you!!

And yes, lets have a meet. I am dying to meet fellow tbhp-ians.
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I regularly spot both of your cars near my home!! I guess we are from the same place!!!



Have noticed that the light from the projectors in the left headlight is a dull when compared to that of the right headlight in your GT!!!



It maybe me but I felt like pointing that out might help you!!



And yes, lets have a meet. I am dying to meet fellow tbhp-ians.

Actually, the left projector has slightly better performance than the right. If you had seen the projectors while driving in your car in the opposite direction, then you may have felt the left to be dull due to the viewing angle. The projectors are quite sharply focussed and from the sides, they do not look bright at all.

Wow another TBHP member closeby! Member batterylow also stays very close. I stay on Thondamuthur road, a couple of kilometers from Vadavalli. Where do you stay?
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Wow another TBHP member closeby! Member batterylow also stays very close. I stay on Thondamuthur road, a couple of kilometers from Vadavalli. Where do you stay?
Yeah, I have seen your car while driving. Then it me only!!

Thats good to know!!! I am from Maruthamalai, some 5 kms away from Vadavalli!!! Should meet up sometime!! I am always free, my nature of work allows me to be so. Kindly let e know whenever you are free and lets meet up. looking forward.
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Battery Scare

Last Saturday, the GT gave me a scare. When my wife tried to start the car in the morning, all lights in the instrument cluster flickered and the car would not start - symptom that the battery is dead. I measured the battery voltage and it was about 11.75V, not fully drained, but not enough charge for starting the car.

I thought this was one more incident of VW battery failure and was preparing my mind to face the warranty claim situation for the battery. I then wanted to make sure that the drain was not because of the HU, BiXenons, auto dimming IRVM or the dash cam. I used a clamp meter and checked the current.

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The current was just 0.03A which was quite normal and should not have resulted in a battery drain.

Then I thought about another possibility. In my car, the supply to the IRVM and the dashcam are from the "Car Unlocked" signal. When the car is unlocked, these get powered up. If I had forgotten to lock the car, then the IRVM and dashcam would have been continuously on which could have resulted in battery drain (the drain from IRVM would have been negligible, but the dash cam could have caused significant drain).

I took the SD card out of the dashcam and as expected, the card was filled with video clips of my portico. I also unlocked the car and checked the battery drain. It was 0.25A. As the car was left unused for close to 3 days, this could definitely have drained the battery.

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This was a relief to me as this ruled out a defective battery and hence the need for warranty claim. I called VW breakdown service, and the guy came within an hour and jump started the car. I ran the car in idle for a couple of hours and all is well now. I may have to take the car to VW workshop and get a full charging done on the battery.

The solution to this problem is to take the supply to the IRVM and dashcam from the "ACC" signal that will go off when the key is removed. After a4anurag's suggestion a few months back, I had bought fuse taps and power supply for the dashcam, but due to laziness I had not installed this. I will now install this ASAP.

Problem In Jump Starting The Car

There was another problem with the technician who came to jump start the car. Instead of connecting his battery to my car using the jump start cables, he removed the battery from my car and connected his battery and started the car. When I asked him what he was doing, he said he is going to now disconnect his battery as the car is running and put my battery back, so that it can charge. I was shocked. To my knowledge, if the battery is removed from a running car, in the absence of the battery to regulate the voltage, the voltage at the battery terminals could be as high as 17V which could potentially fry every electronic circuit. I asked him if he as trained in Pune and if the trainer mentioned this and he said yes, the trainer had mentioned not to remove the battery from a running car, and here he was, doing exactly what he was not supposed to do. I then insisted he turn off the car, connect my battery back and do a jump start using the cable. I also told him to never do this in another car.

I have a question. Am I correct in belief that without the battery the alternator voltage could go very high and could damage the electronics or is there any other protection built in for this situation?

DS-611

On another news, after lots of hesitation, have ordered the DS-611 from audiosources.net. This unit has in built navigation, reverse camera and OPS display, TPMS, plays audio from SD card, USB and CD, has MirrorLink and also displays many car parameters (like temperature fuel quantity, battery voltage etc) on the screen.

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The Android HU has been working very well. Because of some practical issues like longer startup time of about 1 minute, and the need to lock out everything before giving for service etc., I was looking for a HU that integrates well into the car. After fellow TBHPian VW2010's mention of this system in the Jetta thread (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review), I was considering this unit for a long time. Finally, bit the bullet and ordered. Special thanks to fellow Jetta owner Tanveer_2558 for negotiating a good deal!

Expected to receive it in a week. Online reviews and videos mention that the features and performance are awesome. A couple of reviews have mentioned there were some initial problems and the support from the vendor in solving the problems has been very good. I have requested the seller to thoroughly test the unit before shipping. Fingers crossed. Will do a full review once I have it installed in a couple of weeks.
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I googled for "remove battery after car starts?" and this may answer your question:

Source: http://www.troubleshooters.com/dont_...ct_battery.htm

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Some day a well meaning mechanic or naive jump start specialist will attempt to disconnect your battery with the engine running. If you value your car and your money, don't let him!

The man from the road service thinks he's being helpful. After he can't jump start your car, he puts in his own known good battery and starts your car. So far so good -- your battery was definitely either run down or bad, and he's proven it.

Now he decides to "test" your alternator by disconnecting the battery. After all, the car's ignition should be able to run on just the alternator's power alone.

Wrong!

The moment he disconnects either lead from your battery, it's entirely possible he caused thousands of dollars in damage. Here's why...

Your battery does more than just provide electricity. It also shorts AC, spikes and transients to ground. Removing the battery from the circuit allows those spikes and transients to travel around, endangering every semiconductor circuit in your car. The ECU, the speed sensitive steering, the memory seat adjustments, the cruise control, and even the car's stereo.

Even if your computers and stereo remain intact, in a great many cases removing the battery burns out the diodes in the alternator, necessitating a new alternator. If disconnecting the battery interferes with the voltage regulator's control voltage input, it's possible for the alternator voltage to go way over the top (I've heard some say hundreds of volts), frying everything.

Even the initial premise was wrong. If you disconnect the battery and the car conks out, you don't know if it conked out due to insufficient alternator current, or whether the resulting transients caused your ECU (the car's computer, which controls fuel mixture, timing, and much more) to spit out bad data, shutting down the car.

Nobody should EVER run your engine without a battery.
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To my knowledge, if the battery is removed from a running car, in the absence of the battery to regulate the voltage, the voltage at the battery terminals could be as high as 17V which could potentially fry every electronic circuit.

I have a question. Am I correct in belief that without the battery the alternator voltage could go very high and could damage the electronics or is there any other protection built in for this situation?
Naive question, but wouldn't the fuses prevent that? Worst case, you'd need to reset a fuse.

The way you did it is perfectly safe but I'm not sure if it would have been a problem if the technician had done what he was about to. The internet abounds with old wives tales so disproving/proving this may be a little hard.

Any electricians out here with expert knowledge?
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I googled for "remove battery after car starts?" and this may answer your question:

Source: http://www.troubleshooters.com/dont_...ct_battery.htm
Thanks. This is exactly the reason why I was worried and did not allow the technician to remove the battery from the car when it was running.

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Naive question, but wouldn't the fuses prevent that? Worst case, you'd need to reset a fuse.

The way you did it is perfectly safe but I'm not sure if it would have been a problem if the technician had done what he was about to. The internet abounds with old wives tales so disproving/proving this may be a little hard.

Any electricians out here with expert knowledge?
The fuse protects when a part of circuit draws over current due to short circuit etc. But it does not prevent from a failure due to over-voltage situation. All electronics in the car have semiconductor circuit which have a maximum voltage rating. If this voltage rating is exceeded, they could fail and become short. If they short due to failure, the fuse will blow to protect any further serious damage.

If the battery charging circuit after the alternator has some voltage regulating mechanism which does not allow the voltage to go beyond a safe level, then there is no danger of frying the electronics. It is quite possible that modern cars with so much of electronics have this safety built in. In that case, it would have been perfectly safe if the technician had removed the battery with engine running. I just did not want to take the risk.

If someone can confirm that such a safety circuit exists, that would clear the doubt.
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The Android HU has been working very well. Because of some practical issues like longer startup time of about 1 minute, and the need to lock out everything before giving for service etc., I was looking for a HU that integrates well into the car. After fellow TBHPian VW2010's mention of this system in the Jetta thread (Volkswagen Jetta : Test Drive & Review), I was considering this unit for a long time. Finally, bit the bullet and ordered. Special thanks to fellow Jetta owner Tanveer_2558 for negotiating a good deal!
Man! I am excited, I am sure all the research that we have done will be well worth it, Some features are really drool worthy and i had to really control myself from not ordering as well, Specially at that price point.
Do keep us posted, And a full review is awaited! Ping me once you get it delivered please.
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Man! I am excited, I am sure all the research that we have done will be well worth it, Some features are really drool worthy and i had to really control myself from not ordering as well, Specially at that price point.
Do keep us posted, And a full review is awaited! Ping me once you get it delivered please.
I checked the website, but could not find the price.
Can you please let me know what it costs including shipping ?

Would I need any extra cables to fit this to my Vento TSI 2016 model ?
I am aware that I would need the Park module to activate optical parking.

Also, what are the advantages/dis-advantages of this unit over the Android ones ?

Thanks in advance.
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