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  1. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Yup, it was with 1234yf. Condenser alone cost me 45k. The rest was gas and service.
  2. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Ah just got it back and it’s really good to see the car back to normal. So no more smelly mold either. They’ve done a comprehensive job and serviced the entire AC system too. Got this done at a place called Sakura Auto A/C and they’re right down the end of Anderson Road. They have another branch on Hospital Road near the Budhdhagosha bus stand. Total bill was 68k. Here’s hoping this unit lasts longer than the previous one!
  3. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    As if the mold wasn’t enough, my condenser gave way today in the midst of scorching heat! Took it to my usual A/C shop and they showed me the leaky condenser. So here’s to replacing it now with a new one. Estimated cost is 70k with the R1234yf gas. Sitting here waiting for the job to complete.
  4. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Same here.. first time I’ve encountered it. According to Scotty, you’ve got to be cautious when washing the wiper area with a high pressure water jet as it can enter the AC intake and drop into the evaporator filter. If you’ve got bird poop or some other organic muck inside (I noticed a glob right there), it can form the ideal home for mold. It’s quite common in the US under tropical weather however I’ve never had this issue here before. The second one is using a moist carpet close to the cabin filter (passenger side). This happened a few days after a car wash.. ample time for mold to form.
  5. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    I guess I just wanted to annoy myself. Sigh! In the car now... moldy smell is nearly gone.. should try one more canister to blast off the residue.. die mold die!!!
  6. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    UPDATE: I regret going to the agent today. The first thing they said before I could complete my sentence was that the condenser must be faulty and it is a known issue for this model plus they didn’t have the parts. After repeating myself slowwwwwlyyy (and with a relatively strained yet calm demeanor), they agreed to have a look to find the source of the smell. Inspection was a quick sniff at the vents and immediate suggestions since they believed it wasn’t worth to remove the dashboard, etc. to clear out the evaporator nor was it worthwhile to run an AC service... just for a foul smell: 1) Place some charcoal on a mat overnight inside the car to absorb the odor 2) Run the car for a while using the blower only before switching off at night so it can dry out When asked about disinfectant sprays at the vents and intake, they said those are useless as they’re merely perfumes 🤬. So... I visited a LiquiMoly seller at Delkanda to buy myself a disinfectant spray (Klima Fresh). Got it for about 1.5k. Just tried it out and its mode of action is a liquid spray that gets absorbed through the cabin filter intake into the evaporator unit while the blower runs. No disassembly required. And it certainly isn’t just a “perfume”. Going back to the car park in a while to check on how it performed. If it hasn’t eliminated the mold, the next approach is to use a foaming disinfectant at the AC inlets as well as a liquid spray pushed through tubing directly into the evaporator through vents. Failing that, I’ll take it to an AC repair outlet. What a smelly situation to be in 🤢
  7. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Ok so I've got a god-awful moldy smell emanating from my A/C system. It smells like old wet socks 🤮. I'm guessing it has to be some horrible mildew that's grown in the AC evaporator filter system. I recall a bit of weird sticky gunk that somewhat disappeared near the drain ways near the wipers when I washed the car. Taking it for an A/C cleanup tomorrow and god knows what I'll find. Probably ask the technician to take a few pics of the dirty filter too . Thought of buying a can of Liquimoly A/C spray cleaner and cleaning spray (the one you set off near the cabin filter with windows closed for 5min), but it may not work if there's that ugly gunk stuck inside. On a second note, anyone tried using K&N air filters instead of stock? Heard good things about them, but there are some reviews that say it's best to stick with stock due to poorer filtering capability of K&N's. Any clue?
  8. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Nope. It’s a combination of multiple factors as opposed to just distance / days gone by.
  9. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    No worries buddy! It looks like there are different implementations of maintenance minder: some give a %, another set in km and others seem to have days remaining. The internal logic should be the same though so I’d get the service done just as it gets closer to the 0 days mark. In mine, it simply gave a km remaining and either said “Service due soon” (which was when I made an appointment) and finally went on to “Service due now”.
  10. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    You’re right. Actually, I got it repaired at the agent’s body shop for 700/-. All it took was to remove the left corner of the bumper and fit it back. No realignment, etc. was done though. Here’s hoping the radar still functions properly! The issue was that the lip kept scraping on every single bump I rode over so it had to be fixed back. Had it been insurance, I’m sure they’d have asked to replace the whole part and I’d have lost my entire no claim bonus unnecessarily.
  11. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Stick with fully synthetic as it is mentioned in the user manual. Well, if it makes you feel better, I got the service reminder within the 5000km interval even when using Castrol Fully Synthetic A5, which cost quite a bit. That’s purely because of the number of engine stop/start cycles in heavy traffic. So depending on that, your service intervals could vary.
  12. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Shall check what the manual says however I recall seeing a mention of non-silicate coolant. Anyways, I dunno if I’m just so “lucky” with the agent as I found out today that they hadn’t refitted the glove compartment properly after the service. Went back there to make sure I informed them of their substandard post service checks. It was a small thing, but seriously these are the stuff that differentiates carelessness and attentiveness. For an agent, I’d expect the latter. Also got my bumper lower lip fixed at the body shop for like 700/- while I waited. The service center said they checked it and it would cost a lot so they recommended I claimed insurance for it. The reason for the high cost: broken clips!?! I know those things cost peanuts and the body shop guys got it done in under 30min. Sigh!
  13. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Here’s what they use. Good thing is that it is a 50% Ethylene Glycol mixture, which is what the manufacturer’s coolant uses. However, I can’t find this Bear Brand (Seiken) coolant’s Safety Data Sheet online to ascertain its constituents. The Honda Type 2 Data Sheet states the following: 1) Ethylene Glycol 47-53% 2) Diethylene Glycol <3% 3) Potassium Hydroxide <3% 4) Hydrated inorganic acid, organic acid salts <5% 5) Bittering agent >30mg/kg (Added so you don't eat it)
  14. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    It was just something that had an actual bear (animal) picture and labeled “Bear brand”.
  15. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Well, we aren’t clear about the chemical composition of the fluids being used. I’ve personally had a previous car’s radiator choke with rust after one of the mechanics used a totally different type of coolant than was recommended. So while we can’t really control the quality of fuel or dust, at least there’s an option of maintaining the right coolant being used or even motor oil.
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