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Old 4th January 2018, 11:21   #301
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Are the brakes running hot? E.g. how do you brake, decelerate and downshift first?

Are the brake pads in acceptable condition, the discs ok and free of rust / dirt?
Everything is 'fine' according to the service centres. The issue creeped up a few months after we got the car and it has been that way ever since (it will be six years at the end of January). The car is almost exclusively used on the highway, usually brake, decelerate and downshift.
Unfortunately I was not there for most of the services because the car is always hopping from place to place, the brake pads will need replacement in the next service and I will make sure to be there and get this sorted out.
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Looks like a common issue in all the cars, even mine has the vibrations while braking from speeds of greater than 100 kmph, I am on new brake pads and new tyres and the issue persists, the intensity have reduced a lot now with the changes. Honestly I don't think it bothers me.
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Looks like a common issue in all the cars, even mine has the vibrations while braking from speeds of greater than 100 kmph, I am on new brake pads and new tyres and the issue persists, the intensity have reduced a lot now with the changes. Honestly I don't think it bothers me.
No car should vibrate or shudder at all during braking. No matter how hard you brake, period! If it does something is amiss. If it’s not too bad and doesn’t bother you that’s fine, but it is unlikely to go away by itself and is likely to get worse over time. So if your car mechanic tells you all it’s fine, look for a different mechanic!

Normal Rust/oxidisation on the discs is no problem. The second you apply the brakes that will be gone. I would say that in 90-95% of the cases where a car vibrates during braking it’s down to a warped disc. Easy to check and easy to fix.

The other 10% could be all sorts of stuff, problems in the suspension set up, rubbers worn, steering alignment, callipers stuck etc etc.

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No car should vibrate or shudder at all during braking. No matter how hard you brake, period! If it does something is amiss. If it’s not too bad and doesn’t bother you that’s fine, but it is unlikely to go away by itself and is likely to get worse over time. So if your car mechanic tells you all it’s fine, look for a different mechanic!
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Exactly, it is not normal in the least and ruins the whole driving experience. Multiple service centres in different cities have said everything is fine
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Cannot get Fomoco brake pads from the dealer, they got only Motorcraft - for both cars in and out of warranty. And that is really sad! Might have to look at aftermarket options I guess.


Made use of the rear flip seat of the Fiesta for the first time when I had to transport my daughter's bicycle.
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I tried and the cycle wouldn't fit inside the boot. The opening is a bit narrow and this is when you miss a hatchback or SUV.
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The seats are very easy to flip though. Just press these buttons on both sides at the top and the seat will unlock. The button stays down and reveals a red shade in that open position. It is all black when the seat is locked in place. Love these small details.
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Did they check the brake rotors for wear and tear?

That is the only other thing left I would say. If so get them turned and check if that helps, replacing them is a rather expensive proposition.

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Everything is 'fine' according to the service centres. The issue creeped up a few months after we got the car and it has been that way ever since (it will be six years at the end of January). The car is almost exclusively used on the highway, usually brake, decelerate and downshift.
Unfortunately I was not there for most of the services because the car is always hopping from place to place, the brake pads will need replacement in the next service and I will make sure to be there and get this sorted out.
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Made use of the rear flip seat of the Fiesta for the first time when I had to transport my daughter's bicycle.
One thing that will help you fit a cycle inside a sedan's boot is to always buy cycles whose wheels can be easily removed ( the decathlon ones have such options. I'm sure that most other brands will have that as well ).

Or get a bike carrier
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Or get a bike carrier.
That bike carrier will look too clumsy on a sedan. Like I said, bikes and its assorted bits go well with hatchbacks or UVs.

And there is no way I am buying more accessories for that bike from Decathlon. You have no idea what all I had to buy extra to get that bike in that shape. The options list is like that of a Porsche! So much so that I told them I don't need mudguards. Thank God the pedals are part of the standard equipment.

Jokes aside, there is an easy way to get this one inside the boot. Just remove one of the support wheels and use an allen key to get the handle aligned with the front wheel. That will make it fit. And its not like I have to carry this every now and then.
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So, I got the rotors skimmed by the service centre last week. The brake pads were sanded down and the rear drums were also thoroughly cleaned. The skimming work is outsourced and the total bill came to around 1500.

The vibration is completely gone but for the first few days, there was a noise when I disengaged the brakes and the car started moving. Then, I did a 300KM highway run over the weekend and couldn't notice it afterwards. The braking felt fine even from good speeds. And I do see a lot of brake dust on the front wheels now. This used to happen in the initial months and then kind of stopped. Hope this fix works as intended. Anyways, I am open to installing aftermarket rotors and pads for next change.

And this is how the rotors looked right after skimming.
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So, I got the rotors skimmed by the service centre last week. The brake pads were sanded down and the rear drums were also thoroughly cleaned. The skimming work is outsourced and the total bill came to around 1500.
Yeah just as I thought. They’re fine now and the brake dust is from the skimming - this should have stabilised now.

You won’t need aftermarket now - not for a good while.
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Completed 3 years today.

That went really fast and these were the numbers that greeted me today morning.

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You won’t need aftermarket now - not for a good while.
While I understand the need for having cheaper consumables in our market, wish Ford gave options to the customer to choose from atleast. Say better quality parts for a higher price.

One example will be Fomoco brake pads which are softer, emit a bit of dust and will not last that long, but give a much better braking experience. Another one will be the availablity of fully synthetic engine oil. I needn't stick to the current 5k replacement interval if that was the case.

And I am quite sure there will be a small customer base who would appreciate such things. Especially for a car like the Fiesta.
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Another one will be the availablity of fully synthetic engine oil. I needn't stick to the current 5k replacement interval if that was the case.
Congratulations on 3 years - many more ahead.

Ford claim 10k for their OEM semi synthetic 5w30 oil and it lasted me 7500 km is all, which is what I expect from a semi synthetic oil in Indian conditions.

Lucky a bit of research and a quick trip to my usual lube and oil shop at GP Road got me this Mobil 1 5w30 (see pics) which is Ford certified and fully synthetic. Filled this at 27500 km and I’m now near 30,500. The engine feels smooth as silk on this oil + Shell V Power diesel which is what I always tank up with on highway trips.

Note - Mobil are very clever and only sell this in 3.5 litre cans. The Fiesta needs 3.8 litres which means you need to buy two cans and save the remainder from the second can for a topup say after 6 months / 5000 km whichever is earlier. And the rest of it for your next oil change.

The cost was roughly 1800 a can which is dirt cheap for fully synthetic but I guess this is because of the oil being manufactured in India rather than imported and packaged like Shell is.
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Lucky a bit of research and a quick trip to my usual lube and oil shop at GP Road got me this Mobil 1 5w30 (see pics) which is Ford certified and fully synthetic. Filled this at 27500 km and I’m now near 30,500. The engine feels smooth as silk on this oil + Shell V Power diesel which is what I always tank up with on highway trips.
How do you propose to use it? I have a 2015 Ecosport (TDCi) and FASS refused to use any outsourced engine oil.
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How do you propose to use it? I have a 2015 Ecosport (TDCi) and FASS refused to use any outsourced engine oil.
In my case, I showed them the Mobil can with the Ford spec on it, and they agreed to fill it - with a note that it was done on my request.

If not, well, Ford spares are available over the counter, including oil filters, and you can easily get your oil changed at any roadside mechanic's shop no issues.

Note - you have to reset the oil change sensor when oil is filled. Procedure as described in this video.

The Ford ASS that refilled my oil forgot to reset it, and I had an oil reminder light flash when I was driving from Bangalore - Chennai today. I knew the oil was changed very recently, and to make sure, I stopped for breakfast to let the engine cool down and checked the dipstick, all good. So drove another 75 km to a Ford service center where after two hours of lifting my ride up on a ramp to check for a busted oil sump or cut O ring in the oil filter, and ECU scanning, it occurred to them that the dealer who did my oil change might have forgotten to perform this reset procedure.

They did it - the problem was solved and I was out of there ASAP. Total damage - Rs. 156 labor costs and 2 hours time wasted because of a lapse by my usual ASS.

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Had a fun drive to Kuttikanam and back with a bunch of friends on Saturday.

Traffic was relatively light and we reached Muvattupuzha in no time. On great roads, the live location sharing on WhatsApp is a real life saver when you constantly better the ETA.
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To the relief of restaurant and coffee shop owners en route, not everyone who came took their steeds for the drive and we had a shotgun for each car.
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Came back via the brilliant Poonjar roads and it really turned out to be a hidden gem. It was a fast, twisty, well paved road with a lot of tree cover and big elevation changes. And with a bunch of hairpins thrown in for good measure. I had a lot of FUN.
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And saw this amusing sight near the town. The Mahindra pickup was overloaded with a busted right rear leaf and the loading bay was resting on the tyre. It came from that sharp incline and a bunch of folks were sitting on the front bumper so that the truck didn't pull a wheelie. Looks-like the suspension snapped right when it joined the main road. Had to wait till they emptied the truck and moved it to the side.
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The Fiesta is doing well except for that light screech from the brake pads while disengaging. Skimming the rotors hasn't helped solve the problem completely.

When I got back, the odometer was exactly at 53,000 and the MID was showing an average of 20 KMPL. This was despite us having fun and it is all thanks to the brilliant roads around Pala. The range was constantly climbing enroute and almost reached 800. Its a regular affair on the Fiesta, the car clearly showing its preference for the fast and open roads.
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This is the Pala Thodupuzha road - as open and clear as it gets in Kerala.
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