Automobiles left idle throughout quarantine hold mechanics busy, Auto Information, Automobilnews
CHENNAI: Lengthy queues had been noticed at most automotive service centres throughout the town as automobiles which had been parked idle at one place for a number of weeks because of the lockdown at the moment are being taken out for providers. “Throughout the lockdown, we had been getting three or most 4 service calls. However now we’re getting round 15 orders day by day,” mentioned Dhanapathy from Maruti Suzuki Service Centre in Adyar.
Most of them had complaints pertaining to their automotive batteries, brakes, lights and in some circumstances wires had been bitten by rats, he added. Calls made to Hyundai and Honda service centres in Chennai too advised comparable tendencies.
As a way to keep away from crowding at service centres, operators have supplied extra pickup and drop providers by deploying extra part-time drivers. Manikandan, a call-taxi driver who misplaced his job throughout lockdown, is now incomes 500 for working 4 hours a day at Solai Automobiles in Madipakkam. “Firms present us with leap starters as a result of normally batteries are lifeless. Some automotive house owners seek for hacks on YouTube and injury the battery additional”.
This may be corroborated by a easy YouTube search. Many of the movies about lifeless batteries have obtained appreciable view counts and person interactions. A few of them in Tamil have attracted extra site visitors.
“Solely within the worst circumstances we’ve got sought assist from restoration automobiles,” Manikandan mentioned. Seconding him, Ranjith Kumar from OMR Towing Service in Perungudi mentioned that they get a minimum of two calls from such breakdowns day by day along with ordinary accident calls. However they cost solely 350 from these automotive house owners because it includes lesser work in comparison with automotive crashes, he added.
In case of automobiles parked at public parking heaps, tyres had gone flat. This meant greater hassle for customers as towing the car (with hooks) too turns into inconceivable and so they should go for bigger automobiles.
Consultants say that the higher choice to hold battery secure is to interact a neighborhood mechanic to take away the battery and retailer them in cool and dry locations or smear grease on wire ends to stop rusting. Disengaging handbrakes is vital to stop brake pad injury. Bricks or wood blocks is a greater possibility, mentioned Rajmurugan, an vehicle engineering professor.