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Old 27th March 2020, 14:29   #331
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Raghav,

Thanks for the update. What was the work done in detailing. Was it just polish. How much was the charges. Will they do interior as well. I have few marks of idol pasted kept on the dashboard, now removed. Want to get rid off and looks to be as new !! This is for my Baleno '05 model.

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Hello Everyone,

My Duster is about 3.5 years old now. I thought it's high time to get it detailed once. I have visited FAYNLAB in HSR Layout, Bangalore earlier this month to get the exterior detailing done. Attaching couple of pics that was taken after the work is completed. Overall happy with the service. Friendly staff and excellent work quality. Highly recommend this studio.

This is just before the virus outbreak / lockdowns started in India. It would have been impossible now since things have changed dramatically now. Not using the car since last week. Car washing guys are not allowed inside the apartment complex due to obvious reasons. So planning to wash it myself and turn it ON once a week to keep it healthy.

Stay Home, Stay Safe & Take Care!

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Old 27th March 2020, 16:10   #332
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Raghav,

Thanks for the update. What was the work done in detailing. Was it just polish. How much was the charges. Will they do interior as well. I have few marks of idol pasted kept on the dashboard, now removed. Want to get rid off and looks to be as new !! This is for my Baleno '05 model.

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Hello!

I have opted for complete exterior detailing which included many things. It came to around 12K. Yes, they do all kinds of detailing. You can call them up and confirm once.

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Guidelines from the Toyota dealer.

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Old 27th March 2020, 20:47   #334
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I am on Toyota's side this time, user manuals also do not suggest leaving the car unattended for such long periods of time.

Considering alternator charges the battery at idle, I think this should be okay unless your battery is old and showing signs of wear.
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From a cousin's KIA dealer. Starting every 2/3 days is overkill!
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I've done this personally and also made a video guide of it. I did it when I left my car for job and was parked in my garage for almost 3 months.
Things that are a must to consider:
1. Bump up the tire pressure to 40 psi irrespective of manufacturer recommendation. This should be sufficient for 5 months easily.
2. Indian fuels are more stable(the BS4 one) than available internationally because international fuels are mostly flex fuels with ethanol blends. Hence our fuel is good for storing easily for 6 months. However to be on the safer side, keep the fuel level low(below 10 litres in a tank), so that the next time you drive, you can have fresh fuel pumped in. However keep some fuel in the tank for emergencies.
Note: Don't drain fuel tank in modern cars to protect them. This is because fuel still would be present in fuel lines and cylinders. Unless you can get rid of it, don't try this
3. Don't apply handbrake. Because the brake pads might fuse with the rotors if kept for very extended periods. However if you intend to do so, make sure you release the handbrake and reapply it again after every few weeks.
4. Clean the interiors thoroughly. It is more important than you think. Molds might form in a few weeks time in a damp car if left unattended and breathing in such a car is very unhealthy.
5. Clean the exteriors and cover the car, even if it is garage kept. Additionally add rat poison on the perimeters.
6. More importantly open the negative terminal or both the terminals of the battery to prevent drainage of battery. If you don't, start your car and keep it running for 10-15 mins at least once every week. Additionally you might want to refer your owner manual/ service adviser for this step.
Remember while disconnecting, disconnect negative first and while reconnecting, connect positive first. This is important.
7. Cover intake and exhaust with some plastic to prevent entry of rats/pests.

Here's the link to the video in detail. The audio in the first minute is low.
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Old 1st April 2020, 12:01   #337
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There are certain precautions that needs to be taken depending on the age and stage of the car.

I have a Brio Petrol Automatic which I covered to avoid dust to accumulate on it. After a week on last Sunday, took it out to get some supplies and again covered it back. A picture :
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Took up the job of cleaning the BMC Air Filter in both the cars and also cleaned the Jopasu Dusters. Essentials were the rejuvenating Kits :
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Also, took up the agenda to give the Endeavour a DIY Waterless Wash and Wax Shine. Some pictures :
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It is a 15 year old machine and I am making it a point to start it every 3rd day and move it back and forth a little. Yesterday, took it out for getting some medicines. Felt awesome to be back behind the wheel.

And Yes, the Handbrake is not put to use in both the Cars. However, since the Automatic cannot be left in N Mode, it is kept in P Mode and parked. That's a few bits from my side.
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@Smiline : They all work.

@ Scorpian : I'll try this tomorrow. Just a little rocking ? 1-2 feet fwd and back is fine ? I don't think it will move much in gear.
Did you manage? Yes just a little rocking.
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Did you manage? Yes just a little rocking.
Hi sorry for the lack of updates. The rocking didn't help. In fact I could hear some servo motor whining type noise from the engine bay so I didn't try again.

Anyways after that I was like might as well try a push start and it worked easily on the first try !
After that I idled the engine for 10 mins and took a couple of rounds of the society. Then idled for a couple of minutes again with engine at 2000rpm and shut it off. It restarted easily again after 3 days so I'm unsure what the issue was. The symptoms seem mixed. Let's see how it goes later on

Thanks for the advice
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Due to the nationwide lockdown, my Scorpio has been sitting idle for quite some time. To be honest she has only been driven on weekends for the month before the lockdown.

Recently when I started the car to take it to a wash it would refuse to move forward or would move just a bit before stalling. It would have no problem in reverse gear though. Another thing I noticed was that the brakes were making a screeching sound and were overly sensitive(just a tap would lock the wheels). Slowly after reversing and inching forward, it cleared up even though there was some kind of resistance. This happened at least three times this week. She has never been parked with the handbrake but only in first gear.
I was thinking that the wheels got locked but like I said the car was parked in gear. Another thing was that in reverse gear the car moves freely but not in first gear. Could this have something with gears getting stuck? Or have the wheels locked?

Any help would be appreciated!
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A question to the experts here, does the advisory to keep the parking brake disengaged during long periods of inactivity applicable to cars equipped with rear disc brakes? I understand that in case of drum brakes there is a chance of rubber melting and sticking to the drum. Aren't the brake pads of a disc brake designed to withstand very high temperatures? Does this make them immune to this particular problem?
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