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  1. R1234yf from my understanding was introduced to promote better efficiency and thereby reduce harm to the atmosphere further. Systems designed for R1234yf are backward compatible with R134a, so no physical damage to the AC system or compressor. This however needs to be checked against each manufacturer's advice because the two behave slightly differently when under pressure. In many countries, putting R134a into a system that has R1234yf is against the law.
  2. I desperately am. 😞 My car being a 2011 RalliArt, doesn't have the factory wiring for the automatic headlight levelling system (projector headlamps were not offered on the Australian RalliArt after 2010. Neither was the sunroof). So I can't install the OEM projectors unless I do some serious wiring mods which I am not too keen on doing. I've had a look into replica "OEM" projector headlamps as well, but didn't bite the bullet yet. My advice for you would be to keep the original projector headlights and take care of them as if though they're your own eyes. 🙂 True, there are pretty cool looking aftermarket headlights with daytime running LEDs built in and so on, but from what I gather from local communities, the OEM projectors are damn good. So what most people end up doing is custom mods on the OEM lights where they open up the housing, black out the inside and install angel eyes, DRLs and so on. There are even aftermarket inserts that go in the OEM housing (see video below). Lights from companies like MARS are apparently very weak at night with poor light output. There are good ones out there though. Ones with sequential turn signals which really makes the car look unique. Talking about sequential turn signals, this is the one of the nicest aftermarket tail light I've seen for the car. 😍
  3. Just seeing this. 32K for an ABS sensor is ridiculous. I too think eBay (or Amayama or Partsouq) would be your best bet. As for Mahinda, specifically ask him if he has brand new ones. He imports used parts, so the one you get might have the inherent issue. But then again, if you get the sensor for a good price, then just go for it and pray that it isn't a lemon.
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    How do you remove tar spots?

    I use ArmourAll Bug and Tar Remover. Works pretty well. Not sure if it's available in Sri Lanka. https://www.armorall.com.au/products/bug-tar-remover/
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    Mazda Demio 2008

    Go through the thread below: Good luck!
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    [URGENT] Coolant hose leak

    Yeah that's gone by the looks. You can get one fabricated quite easily for cheap. Back when I was restoring my Lancer A72, I had all my hard coolant lines fabricated in Chrome. Never rusted after that and looked awesome!
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    Mazda Demio 2008

    Depends on how the car was used and what sort of roads it was frequently driven on. It's true that the DE series Demio can develop power steering rack issues quite easily compared to other cars. The rack on my father's Demio was repaired twice, and it has been holding up quite well for a few years since it was properly repaired by Mazna. The trick is to repair it as soon as there is the slightest rattle or vibration in the steering. While the wear is minor, the rack can be repaired, which is not an expensive job. But if left unattended, the rack will need replacement, which is a bit of an expensive repair. So... pay close attention to rattles and vibrations in the steering wheel while you are test driving the car. Take it on a rough road, and that will cause the rattle if the rack is worn. You will feel it through the steering if the wear is bad. Depending on how bad it is, work out a price with the seller and have it repaired. Maintain proper tyre pressure, drive on properly paved roads as much as possible and you should be fine. The Demio is a great car in my experience. It has good power comparing to a 1000cc Vitz, and the fully loaded one comes with CVT, automatic AC (climate control), projector HIDs and so on. Good luck!
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    [URGENT] Coolant hose leak

    These clamps are the best in my experience. To me it looks like the hose is deteriorated, or the metal coolant line has rusted at the end, causing a small gap between the rubber and metal hoses. Take the hose off the metal coolant line and inspect the end. There should be a small lip on the metal line which may have rusted. Post a pic if you can. Do you have water in the system and not coolant? If yes, that explains the rust.
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    Project Moggie - Painting

    The air compressor could be a separate DIY project on it's own! Well done! Do you think it will hold consistent pressure as you are painting? Or do you think you will have to take it in batches? I'm sure it will be able to handle all the prep work like primer and maybe even the initial base/guide coat.
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    ABS of Viva Elite

    No, this is just a random photo off the Internet. The ABS module should look quite similar.
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    ABS of Viva Elite

    Open the bonnet and look for the ABS module/pump. Cars with ABS should have an ABS module. The best way to do this is to first locate your brake oil reservoir. There should be two or three hard lines connected to the master pump (that's the metal unit underneath the brake oil reservoir). Trace those brake lines and if they are routed under the car, then your car doesn't have ABS. If they end up in a box-like unit with a lot of brake lines connected to it (this is your ABS module), then your car has ABS. The ABS module should look like this: Did you see this in the fuse box? If yes, it's normal for to find provisions for optional components such as ABS, Fog lamps and even airbags because manufacturers typically use the same parts for the whole series and install the optional components based on the individual car.
  12. Get a diagnostic scan done and observe the values of the steering position sensor and torque sensor(s). It might be a faulty sensor that acts up when warm. Take it to the agent as they will use their proprietary scan tools and will be able to tell if readings are off.
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    Experience on Honda freed

    Threads merged. Thanks @matroska.
  14. Threads merged. Thanks mate.
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    Autolanka Funniest Moments

    Pretty sure I saw that post and responded as well. He's basically gone with alloys that have a much lower offset than they should. I gave up finally, because no one knew what the heck offset was and why it mattered. The closest they knew was that "boku allow weels" cause this. 🙄 I hope whoever replied with this photo was being sarcastic. Won't be surprised if it wasn't though. As for the photo, I think I've seen this years ago and I'm pretty sure this is not something local.
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    Why does this happen to mirrors?

    Yep, that's definitely moisture causing the reflective coating to degrade. There's no easy solution to this that I'm aware of. Make sure you keep that mirror clean and dry to prevent it from spreading. Avoid cleaning with strong chemicals (which I believe may have caused this in the first place). If you must clean, wipe completely dry with a paper towel after cleaning with glass cleaner. Especially along the bottom edge, where the liquid can collect and make its way behind the mirror.
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    Mazda Bj5p spark plug Brand

    Take one spark plug out and take it to the shops. NGK should be a good brand for your car. A wild guess here but I think the model number of the NGK plug is BKR5E. As for engine oil, SAE 40 is the correct viscosity, but if you're using Lanka Super Plus, make sure you carry out your oil and filter change every 3000km. A better semi synthetic oil (say 10W40) like Castrol would be better IMO.
  18. The squealing noise progressively gets worse in most cases. It's heard initially only when you step on the brakes and then if you drive like that continuously, it's heard all the time. So if your squealing is heard only when you step on the brakes, it's probably okay to complete your journey and carry out the repair later. Agree with @tiv on this. The metal shims that cause this "warning noise" doesn't easily cause the rotors to wear out just like that. Certainly not within a 100km. Having said that, driving with worn out brakes is never a good idea. Get the brake pads replaced as soon as you possible.
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    Shifting to N while the engine is running

    The parking brake is applied only on the rear wheels. On a front wheel drive car like your EX, shifting to N and releasing the service brake (while parking brake is engaged) takes the tension off the front wheels before shifting into P and allows them to "settle". This helps prevent strain on the transmission to a degree. It must be said that the gearbox will not be wrecked or anything if you don't follow this. On my RalliArt for example, it makes no sense to do this as the car is an AWD, and the P position is activated electronically through hydraulic actuators within about half a second of shifting to P. But on the Mazda 323 (front wheel drive), there's a thud when I shift out of park the next time I start the car - if I forget to do this (or if my wife is the one who stopped the car 😜). Especially when parked on a slope.
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    Battery problem on cold mornings!

    Why it fails to start in the mornings is because it's easier to start an engine when it's warm than cold. Batteries have a CCA rating which is "Cold Cranking Amperage". It's the ability of a battery to crank an engine when it's cold. The higher the amount, the easier it is for the battery to start the engine as it allows the starter motor to draw more amps out of it. As batteries age, the CCA drops. This results in difficult cold starts. As others have said, it's most likely a bad battery. So take it to a battery shop, get a battery and charging system test done first. You need to make sure the charging system is in good order before swapping in a new battery, to make sure it lasts as long as it should. A good battery shop will give you a report of the condition of the battery as well as how the charging system performed under load, when starting and high RPMs.
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    Shifting to N while the engine is running

    Depends on what sort of incline the car is parked on. If it's perfectly level ground, it's not going to put any strain on the gearbox because the car will not try to move anywhere. This is not the case in reality because even the slightest dip or imperfection on the ground would cause the car to want to "settle in". So a slight amount it strain can be on the gearbox even on level ground. On an incline, this become significantly more as the gearbox is holding the car from moving. If the parking brake is weak, this becomes even worse. So as a practice, it's good to follow the steps suggested. Before you know it, this will become a routine that you will do involuntarily within a couple of seconds.
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    Shifting to N while the engine is running

    Yes, this makes sense and aligns well with what's mentioned in the manual. I've seen some of my friends shift to Neutral every other time the vehicle comes to a halt in a traffic jam which is quite excessive and this is what needs to be avoided. When you shift from D to P, you have to go through several positions D > N > R > P, which is not that great IMO. The Neutral position is right next to D, so it makes more sense to just move the shifter one notch between D and N.
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    Daihatsu move

    @sakeel Please stick to one thread to ask related questions about the car you're interested in buying. Threads merged.
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    DFSK 580

    Blind spot monitoring is a system that lets the driver know if there is a vehicle or object within blind spots of a vehicle. This is commonly done by an indicator installed within the exterior rear view mirrors. When an object is detected within a blind spot, the respective indicator lights up (typically with an audio alert) informing the driver of the object. There are aftermarket blind spot monitoring kits available that you can install to any vehicle. The kit includes sensors and indicator lights to be installed close to the A pillar of the car. Not sure how accurate they are though, or if calibration can be done after installation to improve accuracy.
  25. If the car is behaving abnormally and the Check Engine light is on, then that's a good thing! Because the car knows what is wrong. As @hrm said, take it to a good garage and get it scanned. I recommend the agent for a diagnostic scan as they will be able to perform a better diagnosis using their propitiatory scanning equipment. If the engine stalls as soon as it starts, it can be the crank sensor as @vag2 mentioned.