Ever since the last service, I have been getting a burnt smell around the front of the GV whenever I stop after a long drive. But I couldn't figure out any obvious reason. Since it is not a Jeep, I didn't open the hood to check.
Today morning when I started the GV, got a big shock. The dash lights started flicking, and engine refused to start. This has never happened to me before. First I wondered about the battery, but all the battery operated functions were working, even the stereo. Then I opened the hood and saw oil stains all over the engine bay. I quickly checked the engine oil and it was below the minimum mark.
This was the first ever break down of my GV. And it thankfully chose to breakdown at my house. My mind was full of wild theories now.
I quickly called the DGM of Abharan Motors (Udupi) and explained the problem. He said he will send somebody right away. I took an auto to work while waiting for them. An hour later the service WagonR showed up with all the tools for an emergency repair. Now I had to drive the Jeep to take them home, the very Jeep which is still having the FIP problem.
They too had suspected the battery and brought along a battery for jump start. They had also brought engine oil. The mechanic quickly established that the oil had leaked through a dip stick hole. All the leak was from the top and not from the bottom. Then I recalled that the dip stick was not fully in when I first removed it. I never knew oil can leak from the dip stick hole. The oil was filled until the max level of dip stick was reached and the dip stick was properly put back.
Then he checked the battery using the specific gravity testing meter.
One cell was very weak and another cell was halfway there, rest were fine. That explained the weak battery. We jump started it using another battery and the car started smoothly. Then we kept the car on for 20 minutes to charge it.
The burning smell was finally explained. It was leaking oil on the hot engine body that was giving out the smell.
While I was wondering how the GV battery could die in just short of 3 years, the mechanic quietly tells me that their CEO's GV too underwent battery change 2 months back. That GV is the twin of my GV, they both came off the same ship. Their CEO doesn't use the GV all the time, it has long periods of non-use. Then it struck me that my GV too is undergoing the same treatment. Every time I drive to Bangalore, I leave it untouched for 7-10 days at a stretch, this has been going on since April now. No wonder the battery is kaput.
So, I need a new battery for the GV. I will get Amaron, but what model? What capacity?
Originally Posted by acidkill
Just one question: Even though this is a Maruti, Are parts for this car cheap and easily available? Just curious cause Im sure that the parts for this car are imported first and then airlifted from some central warehouse to your local service station to meet any requirements.
It is available, but takes time. I am still waiting for the parts to arrive and meanwhile I completed one more trip to Bangalore and back.
Originally Posted by cool_dube
Samurai - I did Madikeri - Siddapura - Ammathi - Pollibetta - Titimati - Hunsur last weekend. As you said, the GPS was clueless most of the way after Ammathi. I believe the culprit to be SatNav maps!!
BTW, I guess we chose the exact same location to click
This is the Pollibetta - Titimati stretch.
Yeah, looks like the same place. That road is really heavenly.