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    Proprietor. Wijesinghe's Windshield Repair House.

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    SUZUKI. 2018 model Auto.
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    Only left side foot operated parking brake paddle was removed. Converted to operate by old system hand brake. On the center of two front seats.
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    12500 Killometers done 3 times Engine Oil was changed. Front disk brakes were removed due to little overheating found that two brake cylinders were clogged with a thin film of gray color grease. Polished them with little fine compound refitted the system with two new brake washers. Changed all Brake fluid with new Brake fluid. a

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  1. Members, I maintain the petrol record (km to last/ new and consumed liters) book, their I always include the maintenance records. Whenever I sold the used vehicles buyer never wants the records as few members say they want a price reduction. 90% of vehicle dealers do the mileage alteration to get a better price. This is Sri lanka. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  2. Ted, Thank you for your post, What is the meaning of my informing the age when the import restrictions were declared during the dark era, was to inform that I was a teenager.(During that time (1962 to 1977) I was just 19 years old, when import restrictions came in) To a certain extend you have a point.( during that time) The meaning can be the entire time. You are correct if any one think to that angle. I started my life as a child at first Montessori school in Ceylon, The owner was Miss Leena Wickramarathne. She later migrated to USA. Lived her entire life in Minnesota. Just before she passed away I managed to meet her in USA Minnesota. Next School was St Peter's College Bambalapitiya. We had all communities in St Peters including Maldivian students. There we all had a very good English formal education. I remember very well all students were thaught how to adress a person. If I meet unknoen senior to my self before I talk to him I inform my name and request from him or hers name Adressing him May I know your name Sir or Lady/Madam. Then we request one more question, his or hers proffesion. To adress him or her correctly. For the simple reason if that prerson is a Doctor or a Proffeser have to address mannerly. If from young teenagers we were told request their name and address them as they prefer Boy Master Girl miss. In Srilanka we get mostly people calling uncle and aunt. Which is very incorrect. Even Law enforsment officers used to call general public Uncle and aunt. I repoeted few Police and armed forces men who callecd me uncle. Once on a road block at Wellawathe police officer (PC) called me uncle, argument went to very high level officers went over their Communication set to duty officer. He informed Wellawathe police station the station send two officers they requested me to come with them to go Wellawatha police station. Police officer who came fron the said station. In front of the OIC I explain the matter. He listend me and told that polce officer to return my vehicle and release me. later I made a police entry to the incident on the instructions of DIG traffic at Wellawatha police station then they returned my Driving licence. I still have some crrospondance to that incident. This incident was during the year 2005 Ethnic war time. The top Police officers who had instructed all stations officers to call general public in honrable way, because to junoir officers who come from village scools did not get enough training during that time. I never call unknown people with any relationships, allwas respet fully address them. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  3. Dear Mr. Devinda_Z, My memory is still good, with good old mechanical era. Electric helped to go forward and become Electronic era. Thanks for your reply post. I did read that @Ted(https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49884827) on to a different thread, was in practice during the past, about 40 years ago. Repairing what ever repairable. ( THERE WAS A SAY REPAIR FIRST IF IT IS NOT SATISFACTORY THEN REPLACE) During that era most things were mechanically automated. I bought a washing machine new in Singapore in 1979 Mitsubishi for Sing dollars which cost was Lankan Rupees including freight for Rs.8000/=. Duty and clearing was about Rs. 1500/=. which lasted for 5 years without any repairs. then that time there was no electronic controllers (Programmer unit) like on the new washing machines today. That machine had a very complex mechanically controlled operated with a very small electric motor. Only few contact were cleaned and the machine worked for three more years total life that machine ,I used was 10 years. Later control motor gave problems had to operate that machine totally manually. Later I bought a new machine in Sri Lanka which had a electronic controller sealed unit that lasted only for 30 months. Replacement was imported lasted few years. Today washing machines last longer more than 5 ears, only replacement is the electronic controller which cost about Rupees 3000/=. Today in automobiles the electronic controller units give trouble after about 5 years, have to use a Scanner to find the fault. At present one of my workers car 4 1/2 years old, unable to start waiting till the Curfew is lifted to take same to a person who has a scanner to find the fault. Few months back another friend of mine was driving down from Haputale his vehicle stopped suddenly on the way, had to hire a car send his daughter and and three others to Colombo. By a another vehicle, later his vehicle was towed down to Colombo, Agents replaced new part which cost him Rupees 35000/00. Time taken at agents was only two hours. I remember attending to industrial units (Electronic controllers) which came in 1980 early part, some of them were repairable with changing few components after going through on those electronic circuit boards. Today every circuit board is sealed with Epoxy, they need to be changed with new ones, to find the correct board is the experience and testing apparatus the repairers should have. To become a good repairer person, will have to do repairs daily and read lot to know the developments in modern control units. I am not boasting , my specialty was mostly Electrical controlled units in automobiles and heavy industrial Machinery of 1950 on words to 1980 end part which was replaced by modern electronic controllers. If any one examines a Odometer they were cable controlled, VOLTAGE CONTROLLER OF A NEW AUTOMOBILE IS IN BUILT INSIDE THE ALTERNATOR TO CHARGE THE BATTERY. Old cars had dynamo to charge the battery they all had Cut Out regulator separately fitted on the car.That unit was totally control on magnetic principle with spring loaded point which is magnetized by a coil. All meters today are electronically controlled. Good old days had most controllers worked on magnetic principle.Electrically magnetized. Most of them depended on spring load for the units requirement. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  4. tilvin, I DO NOT THINK YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT POST. I hope you will address members in a better way Instead of calling unwanted relation ships. One reason for me to keep away without posting to this Auto Lanka was one member was abusing me calling unwanted way. He was not posting any posts in the near past., even who are responsible for this Auto Lanka did not take any firm action against that member during that time. Past I was advised by several senior members not to get involved with this Auto Lanka. I took their advise and stopped posting. My posts were moderated and chopped according to the whims and fancies of the people who are responsible. When I comment about the truth of some members. Member Kavvz had posted the correct post to your post MEMBER Kavvas thanks for your reply. Sylvester Wijesinghe. Sylvi.
  5. Devinda_Z, Dear Mr. Devinda_Z, WILL WRITE A DETAIL EXPLANATION WHAT I REMEMBER IN THAT DARK ERA, AUTOMOBILES AND INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE. During that time (1962 to 1977) I was just 19 years old, when import restrictions came in. For about one year all spares were available in the country, to replace and use the vehicles as well as heavy industrial units. Limited amount of spares were allowed to import only for registered importers who had early import the items. With the the foreign exchange what was available at that time in the country. All our traditional plantation produce exports like Tea, rubber, Coconut was encouraged with CRA. Convertible Rupee Account was the name for that Account in the banks. That was a limited (percentage) amount of exchange were allowed, for the amount of the export earned from the export. Non traditional exports like Gems, Cinnamon, and few others were given a very high percentage of foreign exchange what they earned from the exports, to import according to the amount of the export. Maximum amount was given to Gems 25%. That amount was free of any taxes, if the import was for your use. You are allowed to import was for your requirement. All big time exporters ( I will not mention their names) made plenty of money by selling their CRA money what the had earned from exports. The amounts in their CRA accounts, by selling to second party. Motor cars were allowed to import for own use,any one who has CRA. Directors of companies, Partners of small exporters were given permits to import cars and what ever they want for their requirements. CRA was sold for 125% of the cost of money, what the item costs. If the cost (CIF) is 1 Rupee have to pay 1 Rupee + another 1.25 rupees to the CRA holder. Import comes to the CRA holders name. Final importers, CRA cost becomes cost + another 125%. Then the seller sells at any price he wishes depending on the market. I will write about cars because this Auto Lanka is a Automobile forum. Cost of a used car any age usable( no age limit) (Austin, Morris, VW, MB, Fiat,Ford,) will be (CIF) around Rupees with taxes under Rupees 20000/00. Open market all used cars were sold for having Rupees 50000/00 Profit. Car was costing around Rupees 75000/00. to Sri Lanka. New car of any of those models were above Rupees 100000/00. To maintain automobiles and other industrial units our maintainers had to do plenty of modifications. Mostly E U cars spares were reconditioned. Few Lathe shops did rebuilding like original spare, that was not noticeable cost was about 50 to 75% of the new unit which was not available to buy. Gave same amount or more usable time. Ball joints were rebuild plenty of modifications were done to spares, UK spares were fitted to E U vehicles after modifying. Entire vehicles were reconditioned including inside of automobiles were changed according to the wishes of the owner. Alternators for Dynamo's came just after import restrictions were imposed to our country. Most workshops changed them to Dynamo's. Few Technicians knew the advantage of Alternators. Few years later all got used to Alternators because the spares were available in the market. Plenty of new spare part reconditioning work shops were set up in all parts of the country.I will write list of automobile re-conditioners. (LATHE & MILLING MACHINE SHOPS, WASTED PART BUILDERS ENGINE RE-BUILDERS, TINKERS, PAINTERS, ELECTRICAL REPAIRERS, RUBBER BUSH MOLDERS.) I had to write few top paras to explain that dark era, because most of our younger generation do not know the difficulties Sri Lanka under went in that time. If any member like to know any more of that era and new model vehicles were were imported with developed technology please do request will write what I know and remember. I Did have CRA with bought Invoices of exporters who had export orders, were exported in my name got two Vehicles and all spares what ever I wanted for my work shop use. I do not do any thing what I did early at present. Living a retired life waiting for the final call on my 76+, (76 years 3 months 17 days) of contended happy past life. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  6. "kavvz" Thank you for your comment. I decided to leave due to so many restrictions for my posts , also one member was posting against my posts with all sorts of unwanted things. Very good you have come back, post some interesting things to Auto Lanka. Will be in touch with you. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  7. Honorable Davy, I was not sure my post was to the correct tread, that post must be posted. That is the simple reason I mentioned the last para. Not sure I have posted above to the correct page. In future I will post to my( AUTOMOBILE HISTORY) page any comments, what I want to write. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  8. Re Refueling Members, My SUZUKI EVERY van have no problem wherever I fill the tank. Comes up in few seconds. I have digital meter, this meter comes up when the tank gets filled> When I notice that the gauge had come up to full mark, still there is more space in the tank to fill. I never stop my engine, get the pump attendant to fill the tank. One thing I have noted the auto fuel full cut off incorporated in the system of the pump hose hand operated unit, activate to stop fuel pump on the dispensing hose about 99% full of the tank. Due to air in the tank the fuel get sprayed on to the dispensing metal handle and auto stop works. Still I have noticed the tank can take up to another 1 liter or more. Will observe and post when next time I fill the tank. The how system works. Sylvester Wijesinghe. Sylvi.
  9. Members, I post this I got from Email. Many experts in the field claim that diesel engines have longer life spans due to the fact that they work on compression type ignition with the compression ratio also being high compared to petrol engines, they tend to have lower maximum RPM ranges than gasoline engines and their exhaust does not become as hot as the petrol engine. Because of this people tended to run diesel cars in a more “calm and controlled manner”. According to automotive engineers, if well-maintained, a diesel car can run up to 300,000 kilometres. In fact, in my country, taxis are all diesel, and many reach 900.000 km without opening the engine. But, today, with the advances in technology cars with diesel engines are becoming very fast and it all boils down to the way you drive the car and how you take care of it. In my country you have plenty of petrol cars that reach well over 300.000 km. They will lose about “10 HP a year” (this is just a way of saying after they reach a certain millage they will start loosing, and they lost much of their original power) but they will still work. And you have plenty of diesel cars that fail before they reach this 300K limit. I think the main problem with cars today is the use of turbos and electronics. Turbos run very hot and electronics and electrical systems tend to cause some of the main “issues” with engines, both diesel and petrol. As an example, you have the The Bugatti Type 41 built from 1927 to 1933 they are petrol and they all still work fine from all the 7 that were built (6 still exist, 1 destroyed in wreck). Bottom line engines will last longer petrol or diesel if you take care of them and you drive the car with care. Not sure I have posted above to the correct page. Sylvester Wijesinghe. Sylvi.
  10. iRage, You are correct about weight handling. I remember one importer imported about 200 Vehicles Just Low, (All Brands) converted them with imported used single rear (Two not Four-wheel) standard two-wheel Differantails and did the conversion, so that no one will be able to rectify same. All workers (TINKERS) were from the north, at that time the ethnic civil war was on they were forced to come to Colombo. Due to lack of work in the North. Painters Electricians' seats and hood decorators were from close to Colombo. Importer made very good money from selling those vehicles to our buyers. Buyers did not know the difference between Chassis numbers. Some of them, very first few vehicles did not do well on their tires due to the wrong Chassis alignment. One Automobile Engineer correct the same. Thereafter they followed his instructions. This was like Meter adjusting which is still in practice. Sri Lankans had a starved market for automobiles. Whatever imported were able to sell to our starved vehicle market. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  11. Mazda, This car was not popular in Sl during the open era. Later Mazda bongo was produced by the Japanese factory this van was popular in Sl they had two different rims bigger wheels in front and duel small wheels on the rear, therefore, the owner had to maintain two tires as spare tires. I in 1980 till 1988 imported plenty of Mazda vehicles including the buses also. Buses were difficult to sell in SL because other brands were more popular. Prisons department had few Mazda buses. Originally RX7 was imported to Sl with rotary engines. Few cars were running in SL, suddenly this engine capacity as stated in CR was questioned by SL Customs, that was a false complaint, as to CC was not the original as stated on the CR. This was a piece of false information which they had received, from other Vehicle importers. SL Customs banded the RX7 to SL, also the one vehicle in the SL port waiting for clearance. I remember importer from Kotahena contacted me because he had heard of my connections with Mazda in Japan. I immediately gave him the contact number of the factory engineer to confirm the CC capacity of the rotary engine. The importer managed to clear the vehicle from SL port without any difficulty. Thereafter few of Mazda RX& cars came to SL. I imported duel rear wheel Bongos Diesel duel rear wheel with a little modification in japan made them 15 seaters and sold few of them to North of SL. I used a duel wheel Gasoline engine Mazda van, made it a 9 seater paid the duty difference and used the same for 30000 Kilometers. Very good engine had no problems with that vehicle. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  12. All Members, LPG was in a very big way few years back. I think a few cars are still running with LPG. I had two Mitsubishi Vans running with LPG, only one vehicle gave me a problem with one cylinder missing, had to regrind valves and refaced all others too. With Italian LPG units imported from India. Sylvester Wijesinghe. Sylvi.
  13. Mazda, If I remember Our late entrepreneur Mr, Upali Wijwardana assembled about 100 Mazda cars in Srilanka. The first car he assembled was presented to Kelaniya Chief prest Vijitha Dammarakkitha. White coloured Upali Mazda. Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
  14. Casticos, Have you attended to your problem with air bag airbag warning light ? Sylvester Wijesinghe Sylvi.
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