As we all know 2020 has been the most eventful year in our lifetime and same goes with my little Beaty too.
There was 2 issues I was prolonging since early 2018
- AC Gas leak
- Coolant leak
For AC gas leak the Service Centre was asking 11,600/- for Cooling Coil change since none of the other parts was showing any leak.
For coolant leak the same Service Centre was asking 22,500/- for changing Water Pump, Hose, Elbow & Thermostat.
Hearing all this I was like
I had decided that I will never spend these kind of crazy amount for an 8-year-old car which is no more in production. From that month onward I started topping Gas and Coolant religiously. Gas once a year and Coolant 200 ml for every 500 Kms.
Fast forward to 2020 March 1st week. I was driving down South-X flyover and a slipping sound started. Immediately engine went off. Since it was slope and speed was 40 Kms I could manage to restart the engine by disengaging clutch. But immediately engine went off with slipping sound. Again I restarted but this time turned the AC off and voila the engine start running and no more slipping. Called Babloo Bhai (AC Expert) at Kishangarh and explained the scenario and fixed an appointment for next day. He changed the Cooling coil and issue was sorted for the time being.
Since day 1 (May 2010) I am doing all my regular services at the Service Centre hence lots of Mechanics turned my acquaintance. They always helped me out with small issues. Likewise, they were holding a brand-new compressor for me which was taken out from an almost new Beat under warranty. (The problem with that Beat was Cooling coil and under warranty company changed the entire AC system. Hence almost new compressor landed with them) But changing cooling coil solved my issue and I updated them to hand over the Compressor to the next guy in waiting. My big mistake. The cost for that compressor was 4500/-. From March 20th WFH started and Beat was not running (weekly starting and idling) till May 25th.
Come July last week I was driving towards Chirag Dilli suddenly the slipping sound started and I suddenly switched off the AC. To my mistake I switched on the AC since it was too hot to sit inside. Immediately I heard a small thud sound. Car was under the flyover and tuning towards Nehru Place. Stopped the car to the left and inspected under the hood. Belt got snapped. There was a roadside Bike repair guy. He went and came with a Mechanic and within 30 mins car was ready to go. Switched on and slipping sound started. Now came to the shocking conclusion that Compressor is dead stuck. Fortunately, it was Saturday and planned to sort out all the mess by next day. AC guys opened the compressor and more surprises were awaiting. The compressor shred aluminum into fine particles and pumped into the entire system. Now I must change Condenser too since flushing the same will not give good result and can damage a new compressor in short time. Ordered OEM Compressor & Condenser from Lajpat Nagar, Thoroughly flushed the Cooling Coil and Pipes with Petrol and compressed air. Now AC part is finally sorted.
Last 2 weeks I was noticing lots of dripping of Coolant from front right underside and thought of repairing it before something worst happening. Talked to the said known mechanics and they were ready to repair for ¼ amount the Service Center quoted. So yesterday the same was done. But Coolant leak was just a tip of iceberg. I just jokingly pointing the coolant drips under the car. He identified few drops as coolant and other as Engine Oil. What???
They lifted the car and there was lot of oil covering the Oil sump. My heart start sinking. The guy with initial observation updated me that the sump should be opened and resealed with some paste kind of thing and we fixed to do it after Coolant issue. Coolant parts was replaced with around 4 hours work and the Mechanic after close inspection updated me that the oil leak is from Oil pressure switch and we replaced it. Now the entire leak scenario of Beat is done and dusted. Now come the oil level in the engine. Since the engine was running for some time and hot, the correct level of oil was not able to pinpoint. So he requested me to check the Coolant & Engine Oil level today morning after 10 hours of overnight rest.
Today morning coolant level was fine but shocked to find that engine oil level at the bottom of the dipstick. Reached service center and topped the engine oil. It swallowed 2.5L oil. Just my luck that I decided to work on the coolant leak issue yesterday else this week I would have posting about a seized engine issue. Thank god!
So the 2020 repair cost till date:-
March: Cooling Coil – 5100/-
July: Belt – 750/-
July: Compressor, Condenser, Coil & Pipe Flushing – 17500/-*
October: Water Pump housing, Hose Big & 2 x small, Oil pressure switch – 4700/-
October: Engine Oil – 1102/- Total – 29,152/- *13,000/-
wasted due to not replacing the compressor on March.
Now just finger tightly crossed for next 4.5 years.