Saturday, February 11, 2012

40,000 km maintenance routines on my Swift VDi

With the odometer at 39,950 km, I got 40,000 km routines carried out today. Following important routines were done in addition to checking fasteners, greasing / oiling, washing and cleaning :

  1. Engine oil, filter and oil drain plug change
  2. Fuel filter change
  3. Transmission oil change
  4. Coolant change
  5. 5-tyre rotation

New transmission oil being put with a syringe with car hoisted

Additionally, both (left and right) front suspension strut bushes were changed. The struts were found loose due to compression of top rubber-metallic bushes.

Coil spring of strut assembly being compressed using special tools

New rubber-metallic top bush being fitted

I also had both wiper blades replaced as they had become hard.

Total expenses : Rs 6188 [parts and consumables : Rs 5006; Labour : Rs 1182 (with Rs 175 discount)].

The replacement of the strut top bushes cost Rs 850 (Rs 400 for 2 nos. bushes + Rs 450 labour). The set of two wipers cost Rs 490. These costs are included in the abovementioned total expenses (Rs 6188).

Maintenance issues over the last 4 years / 40,000 km

Requirement of maintenance has been minimal. In addition to scheduled maintenance routines (at 1,000km, 5,000 km, 10,000 km, 20,000 km, 30,000 km and 40,000 km) only the following needed to be done over the last 4 years and 4 months :

  1. EGR valve had to be cleaned at 19,800 km.
  2. Battery had to be changed at 34,600 km (after 3 ½ years)
  3. Front suspension strut top bushes had to be replaced at 40,000 km.
  4. Wipers were replaced at 40,000 km.

It is relevant to mention that not a single light bulb needed to be replaced so far!

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