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  1. 12 points
    Wish you all have a rocking year ahead spent with friends and loved ones!! On behalf of Team Autolanka, I would like to thank our Top Contributors, Senior Members, Moderators and all Members for their contribution and support throughout the year.  2019 Top Ranking Contributors.. @iRage @Hyaenidae @matroska and @Davy 2019 Top Ranking Bloggers are @matroska @tiv @kusumsiri and @alpha17 Wish all Auto Lanka Fans a Very Happy New Year 2020!!
  2. 11 points
    Happy new year to all of you as well and wishing everyone an amazing and safe year (and new decade) of motoring
  3. 9 points
    Wishing all AutoLankans a very happy new year 2020! Kudos to all the members who have been keeping the forum alive and kicking - sharing knowledge, blogging and providing support. Here's to another year of growing as a community of individuals sharing the same passion. Cheers!
  4. 9 points
    I' don't know about your family dynamics and it's not my place to advise you, but I can tell you that arguing with a partner over an accident is not worth it. Cars, no matter how precious they are to us, are replaceable. People that are close to you may not be. Just my two cents. Did you by any chance check if VTEC had changed the cars number plate covers to those that have their branding? They did this to me without asking (both front and back and the existing ones were perfectly fine) and I wasn't fond of it. I only noticed it after a couple of days after taking the car home. One disadvantage of having these plates is that VTEC motors brand is somewhat associated with accident repairs. So people might assume your car went through a massive accident even when it didn't.
  5. 8 points
    Wish all Autolankans a very happy new year 2020 !!!☺️
  6. 7 points
    Wish you all the very best for 2020
  7. 7 points
    Happy 2020 to All the Autolanka Members. Many things learned here in 2019 and hoping to learn more in 2020. Good cars, Good vibes, Happy motoring.
  8. 6 points
    Members, If a member has any questions about old British, German, Italian, American Vehicles electrical problems, please do write your question to the AL forum. I will try to help. Because I have handled very early models from 1940 till 1962. Import restrictions came in 1962 to 1977. Sri Lankan mechanics and electricians used to rebuild, all defective units. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  9. 5 points
    Whilst I was away, my dad decided to install the side strips...sadly it is at a higher level than it should be so need to refit it... The ECU was dangling at the back of the center console...so again..dad had gotten a bracket made and stuck it behind the carpet When the car was taken to an AE85 Meet-up a few weeks ago...
  10. 4 points
    Well...for starters...there are exciting models. For a car to be exciting (especially daily driving cars) you do not need a lot of horse power (which the little cars did not have in the first place). Everything from the S660 to the Alto Works to the Aqua GR line up and the N-One Mugens to the Fairlady to the GT86 are pretty fun and nibbly to drive and for those who want to push these cars to the limit, there are plenty of after market (power to drive train) stuff to plug in to them. It is just that we in Sri Lanka are hung up on the old cars because..well..we are stuck with old cars like the Glanza because that is all we got and the new interesting cars do not come to our shores. Apart from that we are stuck on paper-back, newspaper headliner cars like the Skyline, Supra and RX7; which were only a very small part of the Japanese car culture scene. We see more European interesting cars because..well those who can afford an interesting Japanese car would rather spend a bit or on a Euro for its pedigree. People in SL would much rather spend their money on a C or E Class with an AMG body kit (not the AMG variant..but the kit) than an equally priced Mark X GR Sport. As for the car culture...I believe that by itself is the issue.We outsiders do not get it. Japan's car culture is much more younger than the car cultures in Europe and the US but the car culture grew and matured a lot more faster than their European and American counterparts (i.e. rapid growth in a short life span). So where Japan is concerned people are more interested in holistic transport solutions than individual cars. Considering the world we live in and where the world is headed to..we have to accept that this might actually be the next evolution in car cultures for all of us. It is just that Japan reached it before we all did. We are living in a world that is fast running out of land space and parking spaces and road networks for cars are becoming a high priced commodity. Japan (and places like Singapore, New York, London) in many ways has reached that point already. Parking in cities cost quite a lot (at least 60,000 yen a month..which is what most new graduates pay for their tiny studio apartment). Expressways are pricey (costs me 2950yen in toll fees during off peak to travel a distance of 147km...costs met 1850 to do the same trip by high-speed train...++ if I want to reserve a seat). When other countries hit a point of having to choose between forest areas vs. urban living space vs road networks....something's got to give and the most logical is for the individual car. So even if there is a portfolio of interesting cars (which there is to be honest...) and there is a large enough young generation to buy it...it does not mean that people have the ways and means to buy and use them nor that it is practical to do so (Think Singapore....only a small percentage of the car enthusiasts actually have cars...those who don't rent or car share or jump over to Malaysia for some automotive fun). So the next evolution of car culture does not include a car ? Yes it is a problem for the auto industry but the Japanese auto industry is actually changing for Japan....for example the last few major motor shows focus more on mobility rather than cars and the auto manufacturers themselves are focusing more and more on mobility rather than the actual cars themselves. What they showcase on are mobility solutions and the "car" (in many forms it comes in) is just a small piece of the puzzle (one reason why European car manufacturers do not exhibit in Japanese car shows anymore because they really do not have much to showcase at these motor shows and their themes). This year's Tokyo Motor show's Toyota booth did not have any of their production models ! They were all concepts that plug-in to day to day lives that have a mobility aspect to it (the cars were spread across the shopping mall next door). I do believe it is a global phenomenon though. Considering the world we live in and where it is headed to,I do believe that traditional form of cars are going to be more of a novelty rather than an integral part of transport.
  11. 4 points
    No matter what....it is not safe to be driving around with chassis/engine number publicly displayed in SL Because of how our system works you never know if someone is going to take your info and put it on another car Oh the joys of living in such an honest and pure country....
  12. 4 points
    Through rigorous testing and analysis, I've found out a volumetric mixture of 78% Nitrogen to 21% Oxygen and 1% Argon works best for Srilankan road conditions.
  13. 3 points
    Worn with time Rodent attack Seat heater malfunctioning Suction cup on the windscreen acting as a convex lens Pants button/ something similar getting caught with the seat Cigarette lighter / Cigarette / Beedi Mischievous child + sharp object A jealous passenger A weapons grade fart Chemical breakdown caused by an acidic shart
  14. 3 points
    What's more, that particular mixture of gas is cheaper to obtain than 100% nitrogen gas.
  15. 3 points
    Two of my friends use this model bought from Micro. Can give you the telephone number who was working in a leading car company. Bought one MG from the agents. He has done over 5000 KM. You can Email me to get his number. <[email protected]> Sylvi Wijesinghe.
  16. 2 points
    I'm having an idea to start a new series called "Heroes of ######".
  17. 2 points
    When the work started... Quite happy with my math skills on this one ....the lip flushed up quiteperfectly without any test fitments prior to purchase
  18. 2 points
    Your dad has a heavy vehicle. You need a heavy vehicle license to drive it. Simple as that. There are no shortcuts to this. What is your next question? Can I drive a car with a motorcycle license?
  19. 2 points
    So you did not pay extra to be driving around asking if "they" are barely legal ?
  20. 2 points
    More pics of the new GR Yaris....it does look rather sleek and mean....specs are to be revealed on 10th January 😛 In the past GR Yaris in Europe was the GRMN Vitz in Japan. GR Vitz in Japan was actually a lesser tuned vehicle (only suspension upgrades) followed on (down) by the GR Sport. So it would be interesting to see if Toyota will keep the old Gazoo designations in Japan and call this the GRMN Yaris in Japan and GR Yaris in Europe (as they did with the previous model). Either way, in the past the GR Yaris/GRMN VIts were limited production models and had to be sold off by lottery.
  21. 2 points
    I don't think the Japanese user manual gives intervals for BF replacement. However, shaken inspection now does a blanket brake fluid replacement so it gets changed every two years....but typically the change is required between a 2 - 4 year period. As mentioned before..brake fluid is quite harsh..has a tendency to absorb water and brake down any impurities that it would come across and absorb that. So any dust, sediments at the nipples (which gets a lot of dust and sediments) will get broken down and then absorbed in to to the fluid. Therefore, it is not a matter of miles but more a matter of how the car is used and the time. So I would say...plan on replacing it every 2-3 years. Similar to radiator coolant actually...that gets swapped during the shaken inspection every 4 years (i.e. every other inspection). Radiator coolant should be flushed every 4 years but if the car is older it might require a shorter cycle because of impurities that would get in to the coolant.
  22. 2 points
    He's like the Chandrika Kumaranathunge of AutoLanka - very active member once upon a time but drew ire from many members, was banished by mods for a short period of time once if I remeber correct, now he visits AL occasionally
  23. 2 points
    It is really nice to see you here again Mr Sylvi
  24. 2 points
    Storing a car: 1. Clean the garage where the car is stored. If possible, remove all cans, bottles, junk, paper etc out of it. Sweep the floor. This is to get rid of rats, which may have already settled in your garage and to get rid of the dust and dirt. Never park the car outside, unless you have absolutely no choice. 2. Wash and vaccum the car once. This will remove dirt like crow droppings, which may damage the paint if it stays on the body for too long. Vaccuming will remove any dirt in the car, particularly food particles such as 'kadala', which may start smelling and attract insects. It will be a good idea to wax it too. 3. Get a trickle charger and connect to the battery. If its an old car (without an ECU), you don't need to do this. You can just disconnect the battery terminals. If you can't do this, make sure the battery is fully charged and its good enough to hold a charge. 4. Some websites will tell you to fill up on petrol. Don't do this. Petrol in Sri Lanka already contains water and chances are that water will vaporize. Also if the car is left in storage for long, fuel rails may get corroded due to the water in petrol. 5. If possible, remove the tires and place the car on jack-stands. If a tire loses all air in it, it might become permanently damaged. You may have to replace the tire(s). This will also remove the strain on the suspension. However, if you are storing the car for just a month or two, you don't need to do this. 6. Keep the handbrake OFF. If you keep it on, you will definitely get a brake bind. Place bricks behind the tires (if you didn't remove them) to prevent the car from moving. 7. Block the air inlet and exhaust pipe. This will prevent rats going in to the car. 8. For a relatively old car, apply some lithium grease (not petroleum grease) on door hinges and similar mechanisms. This is also optional. You don't need to do most of these things if you can start and move the car for a short distance, at least once a week. When starting a car after storage: 1. Give a good look at the surroundings of the car. Check if birds haven't made nests and cats haven't give birth on the wheel wells, under the engine or inside the rims. 2. Open the bonnet and check for evidence of rats. Look for droppings, chewed belts, signs of shavings of plastic. Check the air filter for any damage. 3. If you covered the air intake and exhaust pipe, make sure these are removed. 4. Check the fluid levels - engine oil, gear oil, brake oil, water. Peek under the car to see if you can spot any oil leaks. 5. Check the battery voltage and tire pressure 6. Start the car and run it in idle for a few minutes before moving. Check for misfires during this time. Most likely the engine will misfire due to water in petrol but hopefully it might go away after few minutes on idle.
  25. 2 points
    Good thoughts. My personal opinion is that being a guarantor doesn't provide you with ANY benefits. So it's very irrational for someone to be a guarantor. You sign up to pay a very large sum of money in return of absolutely nothing! (unless you have a crush on the lessees sister or someone )
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