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Driving Tips
How to stop the car when at high speed?

Stopping distance progressively increases with vehicle speed. Apply the brakes far before of the stopping point to allow for the extra stopping distance. At high speed, the vehicle may be affected by side winds. Therefore, reduce speed and be prepared for unexpected buffeting, which can occur at the exits of tunnels, when passing by a cut of a hill, or when being overtaken by large vehicles, etc.

How do I know if gas is less than normal in the AC system?

If the cooling efficiency of AC is less than satisfactory, do check for gas leakage. There are various methods to check whether the quantity of gas is adequate. However, it is best that you rely on the AC maintenance experts at Maruti authorized workshops to do the checking. They will have the right instruments and expertise to assess if gas in the AC system of your vehicle is below norms. Get your car's AC serviced every year and do it around Feb - March so that you may enjoy best cooling during summer. Gas checking and topping is part of the service.

In the AC system, what are the functions of coil, condenser, and blower?

The cooling coil performs the function of evaporation of the refrigerant inside the coil. The air blows over these coils and emerges cooled. The condenser does the reverse work of the cooling unit, i.e. the condensation of the refrigerant and its cooling. The blower works like a fan by drawing in the air and circulating it inside the cabin.

What should I do when the car overheats?

If the High Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light (if equipped) on instrument panel comes ON or the Temperature Gauge needle (if equipped) on instrument panel reaches near "H" mark then:

When your car overheats, do the following :

  • Turn off the air conditioner, if equipped.
  • Take the vehicle to a safe place and park.
  • Let the engine run at normal idle speed for a few minutes until
  • The high engine coolant temperature light goes OFF. (OR)
  • The indicator returns to the normal range, between the H and the C mark.
  • If you see or hear steam escaping from under the bonnet, immediately park the vehicle in a safe place and switch off the engine immediately. Do not open the bonnet till hissing sound or steam emission has stopped.
  • Once the steam is no longer heard or visible, open the bonnet and check the water pump belt for any slippage or damage.
  • Check the coolant level in the reservoir. If it is below the low mark, check for leakage from the hose, water pump or radiator. If any leaks are located, do not start the engine till the time the leakage has been rectified.
  • If you do not find any leakage then slowly add coolant to the reservoir. Never add coolant to the radiator.
  • It is dangerous to remove the radiator cap when the temperature is high. It may cause serious burn injuries.
    Consult your nearest Maruti authorized service workshop for further advice.
How to get better mileage?
  • Drive between 50-60 kmph. The faster you go, the more the wind resistance your vehicle will face. Avoid accelerating or decelerating unnecessarily.
  • Always drive in the correct gear. Incorrect gear shifting can lead to increase in fuel consumption. Remember: For city driving, change to a higher gear when you are sure that the engine will not have to struggle. Get into top gear as soon as possible.
  • Stop-and-go driving wastes fuel. When you slam on the brakes, a lot of useful energy is wasted in the form of heat. Proper synchronization of gear and accelerator is necessary for better mileage. Remember: check wheels for free rotation when your car is being serviced. Binding brakes restrict free wheel movement and the engine consumes more petrol in order to overcome resistance.
  • Keep your foot off the clutch. Use your clutch only when you change gears. Riding the clutch causes loss of energy and damages clutch lining. Remember: Use your hand brakes when stopping on up gradient. Don't manipulate the clutch and accelerator to stay stationary because it wastes fuel.
  • Periodic servicing Servicing of your vehicle must be carried out as specified in User's manual.
  • Use the recommended Spares & Lubricants Always use recommended spares & Lubricants. Engine oil that is thicker than recommended can increase in fuel consumption. Remember: Check the Owner’s Manual before using any particular grade of oil.
  • Clean your air filter regularly Your air filter prevents air from fouling the engine. Dust causes rapid wear of engine components and increases fuel consumption. Remember: Cylinder bores and piston rings wear out faster in engines with dirty air cleaners. Clean air filters at every tune up.
  • Do not allow leakage or spillage Loss of one drop of petrol per second can amount to loss of 2000 litres per year. Make sure that the fuel tank cap has a good rubber seal.
  • Don't wait for your car to warm up Instead drive in low gear till the engine warms up.
    Unnecessary loads increase fuel consumption.
  • Check your vehicle tyre pressure regularly Under inflated tyre increase rolling resistance which leads to higher petrol consumption, faster wear out of tyres at sides, thus reducing tire life. Remember: A 25% decrease in tyre pressure can cost you 5 -10% more on petrol and 25% on tyre life.
  • When you stop your car, stop your engine Idling for an hour costs 1 litre of fuel. Always keep your car ready for starting quickly. Keep the battery , alternator & fan-belt in good condition. This will ensure a good start whenever you need it. Remember: Switch off the engine at stops of over 2 minutes
  • Plan your route Fuel consumption on a highly congested road can be double the normal. Rush hour or stop-and-go traffic can waste fuel excessively. Remember: You will get more mileage from each litre if you take a less congested route.
How to drive on hills?

When climbing steep hills, the car may begin to slow down and show a lack of power. If this happens, you should change to a lower gear so that the engine will again be operating in its normal power range. When driving down a hill, do not switch off the engine. Shift to a lower gear for reducing speed and use engine speed additional braking.