Owning Nissan Terrano 85 ps

deepam

Super User
Last Thursday, I refuelled my car at the regular COCO IOC Pump @ Begumpet [near old Airport]. Within 50 m of driving suddenly my car engine was rough. Never I expected an Adulterated Diesel.
I complained to IOC and visited COCO outlet; they declined to conduct test on the Diesel from car tank. It is against the Oil Marketing Company to test Fuel from Car Tanks.
I did meet the Manager from IOC and he co-operated in conducting the standard allowed check. He showed me it was added with water the impact.
Then I took the car to Service station and mechanic pulled out diesel in water bottle and concluded the fuel is adulterated.

As I am already carrying Fuel of 35 litres plus; the Service Station gave clearance to drive in city and observe. Then another Mechanic gave me a Jugaad I am yet to implement it.

NGT panel is blaming the that Diesel is causing pollution. Agreed. Isn't it responsibility of Government to provide clean fuel and prevent Adulteration?
Some of the observations which came to my notice after interacting with many people:
  1. Diesel consumption has increased compared to Petrol; thanks to popular engines Fiat 1.3 MJD [Now Fiat 2.0 MJD], Renault K9K and Ford Diesel.
  2. Adulteration in Petrol has reduced; thanks to rampant complaints in the past. So there is strict vigilance; atleast for fuel supplied in city.
  3. Diesel is on, irrespective of Fuel Pumps.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

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Last Thursday, I refuelled my car at the regular COCO IOC Pump @ Begumpet [near old Airport]. Within 50 m of driving suddenly my car engine was rough. Never I expected an Adulterated Diesel.
I complained to IOC and visited COCO outlet; they declined to conduct test on the Diesel from car tank. It is against the Oil Marketing Company to test Fuel from Car Tanks.
I did meet the Manager from IOC and he co-operated in conducting the standard allowed check. He showed me it was added with water the impact.
Then I took the car to Service station and mechanic pulled out diesel in water bottle and concluded the fuel is adulterated.

As I am already carrying Fuel of 35 litres plus; the Service Station gave clearance to drive in city and observe. Then another Mechanic gave me a Jugaad I am yet to implement it.

NGT panel is blaming the that Diesel is causing pollution. Agreed. Isn't it responsibility of Government to provide clean fuel and prevent Adulteration?
Some of the observations which came to my notice after interacting with many people:
  1. Diesel consumption has increased compared to Petrol; thanks to popular engines Fiat 1.3 MJD [Now Fiat 2.0 MJD], Renault K9K and Ford Diesel.
  2. Adulteration in Petrol has reduced; thanks to rampant complaints in the past. So there is strict vigilance; atleast for fuel supplied in city.
  3. Diesel is on, irrespective of Fuel Pumps.
Common man is responsible for pollution, so he is the one who has to buy new vehicles, ensure he does not fill adulterated fuel, does not ends up getting bad service from service centers and then pay for pollution controlling measures. Companies and businesses are not at all responsible, their corporate responsibility is in making sure their coffers are full.
 

deepam

Super User
Common man is responsible for pollution, so he is the one who has to buy new vehicles, ensure he does not fill adulterated fuel, does not ends up getting bad service from service centers and then pay for pollution controlling measures. Companies and businesses are not at all responsible, their corporate responsibility is in making sure their coffers are full.
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Nicely summarized.
 

deepam

Super User
One of the frustrating point I have in Car ownership is the Wheel alignment machines. I have not found a good Wheel alignment center in Hyderabad.
Finally I decided to do it in Nissan Service Center.
Last May 2018; the wheel alignment machine was calibrated and the readings were perfect.
Dec 2018; it was slowly showing to drift but it was within calibration.
Last month when I went; the Front Camber readings were way out. I do not recollect having hit my car anywhere to disturb it. On closer observation, I found that between left and right there is an offset of 25-30'. I proved it and finally service center agreed to get the alignment machine calibration done. After 2 weeks of follow up the alignment calibration, need to re-check and I have been called tomorrow for checking.
 
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deepam

Super User
Finally after 2 -3 weeks of follow up, got confirmation from service centre that Wheel alignment machine was calibrated and wheel alignment equipment engineer was also present.
Camber reading was Front left and right -0.05' and -0.25'.
 

deepam

Super User
Reporting my thread after 3 months, was super busy at work.
This time I decided to pull on the miles before I changed the engine oil, last servicing was done ~ 113.5k km reading.
I crossed 120k km and I thought let me change the Engine oil close to 121k km.
Last week, when I was accelerating hard; I saw black smoke coming from my exhaust. I was bit surprised. I thought it was one of instance and ignored. After 2 days it was the same story.
120k km servicing for Terrano / Duster is major one.
This caused me an alarm, I was scheduled to go to Gulbarga, Karnataka over the weekend. I decided not to wait to complete the trip for changing engine oil. So I rushed to the Service center, to do the following:
  1. Replace Engine oil and filter. Mind you Engine under normal acceleration is smooth at this phase and you don't get a doubt while driving the car.
  2. I got a doubt on Tyre thread and decided to do the Wheel rotation, balancing and alignment.

I got this done and then headed to Gulbarga. Post Oil change, I simulated the same hard acceleration and the smoke did not come out of the exhaust [like it did before the oil change].
This lead me to get convinced that condition of Engine oil plays some role. Mine is a mix of City and highway driving.
  • City average km/h varies between 15-25 km/h
  • Highway average km/h varies between 45-65 km/h.

Always we look at the Ownership manual and ignore some facts. Thanks to Renault / Nissan; they have clearly provided that if the car speed is < 30 kmph; the engine oil has to be replaced at 5000 km interval and not 10000km interval. Not many pay attention to this!! I concluded we cannot take chances post this incident.

So coming weekend, planned to complete the complete Service of 120 k km including EGR valve and Engine manifold cleaining, I shall keep you posted.
 

deepam

Super User
Last month end; did the following as part of 120k km service:
  1. Drive Belt & Tensioner replacement
  2. Timing Belt replacement.
My mechanic at service center was saying the belt was really in good condition and can run easily for 20 k km. I said forget it, let us not take any chances.
All oils are to be replaced:
  1. Gear Box
  2. Brake / Clutch
  3. Engine oil

Also Coolant was to be replaced.

The Nissan on complaint of early wearout of Brake pads at ~ 20k km, claimed to provide a better brake pads which lasted more and was also charged double. I had replaced Brake pads at 89k km. Surprisingly the Brake pads did not last as expected and were due for replacement.
Unfortunately the spare pads were not available in stock.

Start of this month I had to drive long distance and luckily I was able to replace the pads before the start of the trips.
 
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