Originally Posted by DriveTrain
Was saving the masterpiece for a lazy Sunday afternoon read !
Thanks a ton dada. Your Duster tales are always an inspiration.
Originally Posted by GhostRider28
Winter Spiti has been on my bucket list; no idea if the Duster will be around by the time when it happens!
Thanks a lot. The NGT ban in the NCR region will definitely be a deterrent for you to take your Duster after a year or two. But you have enjoyed your Duster a lot, and you have taken it to paces. Most probably your are going to enjoy your Winter Spiti drive in your new car!
Originally Posted by arun_josie
Awesome travelogue Samba!
It felt like I was traveling with you guys with snow all around
. Lot of lovely pics of cars and you guys in snow. A wonderful treat for the readers.
Thanks a lot. Hope to see your gorgeous Compass AWD soon on a snow drive.
Originally Posted by Potenza
Good washrooms, especially for women are very difficult to find at more “normal” places. On holidays like yours its even more difficult. And for this reason a special mention for all the women in your group. Their commitment to this holiday is very very commendable
I do agree with you. Plus getting a good, clean and attached washroom at Kaza was one of our primary concern. I had to do quite a bit of hunting to get hold of this home-stay with attached washrooms.
Originally Posted by haisaikat
Reading through this I realized in such extreme conditions anticipating what all things can go wrong is a mammoth feat. Suddenly one car out of a convoy of identical cars failing to crank up and whose troubleshooting involves deciphering OBD error codes is in itself a feat. Then next day you guys keeping the car engine idling overnight or be it turning around over black ice, the list seems to be long.
Thanks Saikat da.
Anticipating what can go wrong was very tricky. We guessed what can go wrong in a Duster and we prepared ourselves on that basis. Every cars have it's own strong and weak points. Knowing that helps.
Same applies with the humans too! Some are susceptible to cough and cold, whereas some has a weak digestive system! So carrying medicines accordingly was equally important.
Originally Posted by tacho9000
One question though, since you were travelling with diesel vehicles, did you face any starting problem with temperatures plummetting well into the minus territories. Or just keeping the car running through the night got you through. Also, how did the tyres grip over the snow. I know those Wrangler AT's are good all round tyre but would love to know if you had any issue with them over the snowy roads.
Originally Posted by ABHI_1512
You probably were too engrossed with the lucid writing that you missed that Samba clearly mentioned the whole cranking issue he faced and that he had to keep the car running through the night to avoid the same problem !!
The tyres performed well. There was absolutely no issues with the tyres.
Coming to the cold start issue-
As Abhi1512 said, I have already mentioned about it. But still let me write it again in a more detailed way. Hope this will help others too.
The other two Dusters started without any issues. Mine had a faulty glow plug, so had to pour hot water on the diesel filter and prime the diesel filter valve to start the car. At Kalpa it was -9 C. At the first crank my Duster refused to start. I didn't even try for the 2nd time. I primed the diesel filter valve and then cranked. It started without any fuss. Now let me share few pointers on how to start the car in freezing temperature-
Diesel freezes below -20c.
In BS6 cars you can't keep the engine on for the whole night. It will choke the DPF.
If it's a BS4 car, keep the engine running from 11 pm to 7 am, or if you want to keep the car off, do the following-
I am not a fan of using antifreeze. A lot of research revealed, many cars had injector issues after pouring antifreeze and the BS6 cars had issues with DPF.
Put 100 ml alcohol inside the wiper washer fluid container.
While parked at night, seal the openings of the air-intake pipe and the silencer by a cloth.
Park the car away from the wind.
Put an old blanket kind of material above the engine, after warming it for 15 to 20 mins before going to sleep. In the morning do the followings-
Check the coolant, whether it got frozen or not. If yes, pour hot water over the container, with the lid tightly closed.
Put the ignition on and let the glow plugs heat the cylinders for 30 secs.
Repeat this for 3-4 times.
Crank the engine. If it starts, then fine. If not try for 2 more times. If still the engine do not respond, leave it.
Open the bonnet, and pour hot water on the diesel filter.
Put hot steam on the diesel tank and diesel lines.
Prime the diesel filter valve by hand, till it gets hard.
Keep an OBD scanner attached and monitor the rpm.
If the rpm goes above 400, be sure the car will start. If it's between 250 to 350 you need to wait.
Do not keep cranking, it will drain the battery.
In case you have already cranked for 8-10 times. Use a jump start cable and rev the other car till 2500 rpm and try cranking.
One last juggad. Do it, if all other theories fails. Take 3 to 4 L diesel. Heat it to 50-60 degree C. Pour it on the tank.
Still, if all the above fails, take professional help!
Once the car starts, idle it for 5 to 10 mins, before driving.
Originally Posted by H0RSEPOWER
Absolutely splendid trip report with some mind blowing photos! Great planning + driving + photographs! Kudos to you & the others in the trip for making it successful!
Thanks a lot. It feels great to get appreciation from someone like you, who have a lot of experience on snow driving.
Originally Posted by turboNath
I think your timing was spot on for the true flavour of a Winter Spiti trip. The vivid narration along with the fantastic set of pictures have managed to take your readers on a joyride !
Thanks Turbo. We both did Winter Spiti in a gap of 10 days. I still cherish our late night phone calls to plan this trip! Eagerly waiting for your Winter Spiti travelogue to come up.
Originally Posted by Travelmania
Though the other dusters are looking amazing but should mention the red one with snow drops on it. Specially the backside view with lights on is just awesome.
Thanks a lot dada. Hope to do a similar trip together in the future.