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Old 22nd September 2023, 11:03   #706
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Re: Tallboy welcomes longer companion | Maruti Ertiga VDi | 241,500 km

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He enjoys riding shotgun as much as I do driving and he is not just a co-passenger. He is remarkable when it comes to roads and driving rules and also guides like a champ, better than some of my own roadie friends.
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Parag, your long-term ownership threads of your Ertiga and WagonR are gold

So much useful information and a wonderful testament of your love for your cars & travel. Your DIY tasks are also delightful to read. Hats off.

I'm posting a query here in this thread since you have sold your WagonR. I read in the other ownership thread that you cleaned your throttle body yourself. After taking inspiration from you I'm planning to try the same in my Zest (Petrol). The first impediment that stands in the way are the removal of spring-band clamp that are attaching the hoses to pipes. Man! I never knew they can be so stubborn to remove and put back. How did you manage to do it? Some special type of pliers, I presume? Can you point me to where I can get a decent/rugged one?
{Expectedly, my engine bay has many such clamps, and I presume that having this plier may come in handy more than once. What has been your experience on these clamps, in both Waggie and Ertiga?}

Thanks in advance

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Old 22nd September 2023, 12:16   #707
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Re: Tallboy welcomes longer companion | Maruti Ertiga VDi | 241,500 km

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The first impediment that stands in the way are the removal of spring-band clamp that are attaching the hoses to pipes. Man! I never knew they can be so stubborn to remove and put back. How did you manage to do it? Some special type of pliers, I presume? Can you point me to where I can get a decent/rugged one?
You get special tools for the hose clamps. However, I use a pair of nose pliers and cutting pliers and they very well do the job when it comes to removing and reinstalling these clips in both the cars.

WagonR has more of the spring loaded clips while Ertiga has clamps with screws.

Ensure that the pliers are neither too large nor small. Large pliers will make it difficult to reach tight spots. Small pliers will require too much effort due to shorter handles. A regular sized plier will do the job perfectly.

More than the pliers, when you attempt to clean the throttle body, please have a good quality star screw driver as you will have to loosen quite a few to open it up and clean.
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Re: Tallboy welcomes longer companion | Maruti Ertiga VDi | 241,500 km

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You get special tools for the hose clamps. However, I use a pair of nose pliers and cutting pliers and they very well do the job when it comes to removing and reinstalling these clips in both the cars.

WagonR has more of the spring loaded clips while Ertiga has clamps with screws.
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Thanks a lot, Parag.
Did not want to just thank your post, wanted to post an update as well. As a follow up to your post, I ordered a Plier tool and 3M Throttle plate cleaner from Amazon (link here and here).

Could easily remove the spring band clamps using the tool. Removed the air inlet hose connecting to throttle body. Did not remove throttle body from its mount since it meant removing 4 nos. of M6 bolts with very little space to use the wrench. Used the 3M throttle plate cleaner directly and followed the instructions given on it. Cleaned with a soft cloth. Lot of dirt removed to my satisfaction (my car odo is 74700km and this is the first time I'm cleaning throttle body).

Now the idling rpm is stable and throttle response is also sharper/better . Have been asking TASS & my FNG for throttle body cleaning in the last 2 services. Both did not show any interest in doing it. Finally, Rs.760 for aforementioned 2 items and 20 minutes of my time was enough to get this done. BIG thanks to you Parag .

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Re: Tallboy welcomes longer companion: Maruti Ertiga VDi - 196,000 Kms up & a lot of DIYs!

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Periodic Servicing and other updates:
While I have been visiting the ASC for the 20K Interval service, I have otherwise visited FNG for the 10K interval service mainly because it would involve just the Engine oil and filter changes. There have been no issues so far with the mechanicals or electrical of the car and the ownership till date has been reliable to say the least. Here is a pictorial summary of some updates related to servicing and issues that were faced.
Hello Mr.Parag
If i am not wrong, of all the maintenace costs you incurred only the suspension replacement costs havent been shared by you.
Can i get to know the same please.

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