I bought a Maruti Suzuki Ignis Zeta AGS in March 2017 and am proud of the automobile. It has additionally clocked over 24,500km. Nonetheless, the steering doesn’t return to the centre when you make a flip. Because the automobile is getting older, the issue has elevated and I discover it to be harmful. Is that this a typical problem and might or not it’s rectified?
S Raajkumar Kalingarayar, Coimbatore
The self-centering drawback isn’t distinctive to your Ignis, however is a typical problem within the first-generation model of the hatchback, owing to the design of the automobile’s steering geometry. The steering wheel doesn’t routinely return to its straight place after making a U-turn, thereby demanding guide help from the motive force. The answer lies in making alterations to the automobile’s caster angle in addition to help from the ability steering motor.
Although Maruti Suzuki India has not categorised this as a steering problem, and solely recognized it as normal steering behaviour, the corporate has resolved it to an amazing extent within the facelifted model launched in 2020.
Due to this fact, it could be advisable to examine with a Maruti Suzuki service centre if the related components will be changed from the up to date mannequin to your automobile with making the required mechanical tweaks to enhance the steering’s behaviour.
I’ve a Skoda Excellent 1.8 TSI and the rising petrol charges have made it costly to drive. I’ve no plans of promoting it and am considering becoming a CNG equipment. Ought to I’m going forward? If sure, what are the issues to bear in mind?
We advise you in opposition to any knee-jerk response to the current rise in gasoline costs and becoming a CNG equipment in your Skoda Excellent. The 1.8 TSI engine is a posh unit that additionally entails a turbocharger. Making the engine run on a dry gasoline like CNG may trigger intensive harm to its internals, together with the valve seats, piston rings and cylinders. The chance of injury to those crucial components turns into excessive, given the age of the automobile.
You may be dropping out on the efficiency in addition to driveability of the automobile, with elevated load on numerous components of the engine, transmission and suspension.
Therefore, we don’t suggest putting in an aftermarket CNG equipment within the Excellent. However, in case your each day operating warrants a less expensive gasoline, it’s advisable to dump the Excellent and purchase a brand new or used CNG automobile with a company-fitted equipment.
Hormazd Sorabjee is the editor of Autocar India. Mail your suggestions and queries to [email protected]