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I am a guy with petrol running in my blood and a V12 in my chest cavity. i have a dog with an attitude problem and my girl frnd is convinced that i am having an affair with my Scorpio. I will try to offer you best advices on how to maintain your SUV, and how to save this world :) bleh.

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All scorpio commercial ( the latest scorpio video ad included )

I just love Mahindra Scorpio. And if there’s something I love more that the Scorpio itself… is the Mahindra Scorpio commercials. It is the only Indian vehicle which brings out the style, class and urban masculinity. Every time when the Scorpio makes its grand entry in one of its commercial it gives me chills. It’s like I am watching some big budget Hollywood movie preview, complete with the use of the helicopters, snow, rain and now sand. All said and done, the commercials are just a class apart and when they say "nothing else will do" it feels like they mean it! I felt like I should collect all Scorpio commercials and put them in one place. SO HERE IT IS!

Mahindra Scorpio (latest commercial) – Corporate Dunes

The latest Mahindra Scorpio. Looks magnificent! It is amazing to see how Scorpio has evolved over the years. I feel like a proud father seeing his young boy grow into a fine man.
Mahindra Scorpio- Flight night

This is one of the best Scorpio commercial. It’s on such a grand scale

Mahindra Scorpio- Summer Lawn

This comes out of nowhere-a total surprise! I like this one.

Mahindra Scorpio – Snow Storm

Mahindra Scorpio- City Blues

Mahindra Scorpio - Rain

Mahindra Scorpio- Sunny wedding

Nostradamus 2010: Was Leonardo da Vinci an SUV freak ?!

Note: Well this is the first part of an interesting series I am intending to start. Here I will try and compare well known personalities from our history and give a logical reasoning on the kind of car the person was likely to drive if he was born in this century.

I know SUV's were not in existence when Leonardo da Vinci- the great Painter, Sculptor, Anatomy Expert, Architect and Engineer was alive. Leave SUVs aside, not even cars existed during his time but I have reason to believe that if they did exist… he would prefer SUVs over meek cars any day.

Think about it, here is a great Polymath who has not only painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper but has also been a sculptor. Somehow I don’t see people who carve life out of stones (not an easy task mind you) as traveling in meek cars. I see them as big tough people with a beard who want something bigger and more adventurous.

Speaking of adventurous, not many may know this but he was also the person who has been credited with being one of the first ever to design a moving vehicle (although he only sketched it and did not happen to make a working model because of lack of support, material, etc. maybe) And the guy did not even live past 1519 A.D.!! During that time no one would have even thought something like this possible but he was a person who designed not only a vehicle but also his own early designs for the Parachute, Submarine, Helicopter, Airplane and the Tank!!
Tell me, do you see such a person driving a slender sedan or a Big Rugged “Im-Gonna-Conquer-The-World” SUV?

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An Actual Tyre Burst / Blow Out – what to do when you are marooned !

Ofcourse being the hot blood that you are, you must be on a road trip cruising through the lanes and then the tyres burst and then the adrenaline gush. you somehow manage to control the SUV. Great Job! Now what? After my article on handling a tyre burst situation- as in, how to handle the car. Now I present to you, how to get out of the dammed place you are stuck in.

Car Parked:
As per the last article, you would’ve parked the car to the side of the road. Make sure that it’s not on any such place where it may be of a hindrance to other cars- like a turning, blind spot, for instance. Don’t worry, in a slow speed your car will drag a few feet without damage… although only a few feet. Don’t over-do it please.
Emergency lights:
Again, if you’ve read the last article, these are already on.

If you have a spare tyre, change it or else… Call for help. And I don’t mean start shouting, I mean take out your phone and actually call. Although if you’re in a really deserted place you may want to give shouting a shot as well !!

If you don’t have any towing vehicle’s contact number with you, call “justdial” and get the number of a nearest towing facility. If that doesn’t help, try asking people around (be careful about the ready-to-help dhaba owners and toll personnel because they will have a share in the money you give for towing and you will end up paying more). If nothing works, you can always call the police. Don’t worry they won’t arrest you for asking them to help you, just make sure you are polite and inform them that you have tried everything else.

If it was a village where you were stuck, try asking for a tow-lift from one of the passing Mahindra Jeeps (they are sturdy enough to do the job) to get you to a nearest mechanic.

Now you have a tow vehicle’s contact number. This is the part where you will get cheated, if not careful. They may tell you it will cost you around Rs. 2500 to tow the car but wherever you are stuck there will be a mechanic in a 5-6 kilometre radius. And for that don’t pay more than Rs. 800-1000. Do not forget to negotiate with the towing guys. You are bound to panic in such a situation and would agree to whatever costs the towing guys put on you. But remember that there is never one towing company around, there are many. And the worst case scenario if you don’t get any other towing company you can always agree to the costs they mentioned in the first place. So don’t be in a hurry to fix everything. The tyre, depending on the company will cost differently. What company you choose is up to you, just try keeping all four tyres of the same company and if purchasing a new one- make sure you have the warranty card with it. If purchasing a second-hand tyre (to get you to a more trustable place), check it thoroughly for tear, baldness and weak spots.

Move on and be careful next time:
You may never accept it but, unless you were driving in 50° heat on a long stretch of highway in the afternoon, the tyre burst has happened because of your fault. So you’ve learnt your lesson… I sure have!
· Periodically service your car.
· Always check your tyres before you go out, especially on long trips.
· If they show signs of weakness, change them.
· In fact even if they don’t, change them when their age/k.m. approaches (specified when you purchase them).
· Keep the correct air pressure in them. Both, less and excess air can cause a burst.
· Keep spare tyre ready.
· Have the jack and tommy with you.
· Do not speed more than what your car/tyre/law can handle.
· Love your car, love your life, and stay safe.

Changing tyres is usually neglected due the leak it will cause to your wallets. But then you need to decide are a few thousands more important than you and your family’s life?

In the next article I will tell you some layman techniques to notice problems in your tyre

Engine Oil: Functions and Hassles of Changing It. best practices

Everyone knows the function of engine oil is to lubricate the various engine parts. But, my friends, it does not stop there… engine oil also serves two other purposes- cooling and cleaning.
Apart from keeping the temperature inside the engine under control (which can otherwise easily go above 135° Celsius), it also cleanses the engine from the carbon build-up and dirt particles with the help of the detergent in it (yes, detergent… but please don’t put surf in your engine to clean it!!).

A car running without engine oil will help in the friction increasing between the metal inside and thereby increasing the heat to such a level that their surfaces weld themselves to seize the engine.

On the other hand, oil that has not been changed for a long time will do three things:
1. it won’t cool as effectively:
old engine oil will lose it’s properties after the wear and tear in the heat inside to be able to provide proper cooling after some time, also the dust inside will amplify the problem.

2. it won’t clean as effectively:
the detergent will help clean the carbon and keep dust from sticking to the surfaces for some time but like the blood in our body, it needs to be recycled.

3. it won’t lubricate as effectively:
eventually, because it is not changed, the dust particles will start congesting inside and the faithful detergent will wear off. All this will contribute to the fact that, where oil was supposed to eliminate friction, the thick-abrasive-dirty oil will now itself be increasing it.

The above three points, with immense success, will lead to a much faster engine failure.

The process of regularly changing oil seems a bit annoying to many people and keeping the same in mind, Man, as usual, has made his own version of the natural oil and called it- the Synthetic Oil. Car companies have also started making advancements in technology to make oil last longer. The Synthetic oil mixed with new technologies can delay the time required for oil changes three-folds.

Mini Cooper comes with a recommendation of an oil change every 24,140 kilometers (15,000 miles) instead of the traditional belief of 4,828 kilometers (3,000 miles).

Coming back to oil changes, the earlier mentioned three points won’t happen all at once if you forget to change the oil one month or travel a couple of hundred kilometres. You will have to keep forgetting for a longer period of time and travel a couple of thousand kilometres before this can turn into a reality but please do also keep in mind that in your dear car’s dear engine, the process for all this has already begun. So, even if it is not happening instantly, don’t think all is fine. Your engine is taking the trashing of a lifetime and if you love your vehicle the way I do… do yourself a favour, do change the oil regularly.