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Engine cool after long drive & general sluggishness - is that a problem?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by L0dest0ne, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. L0dest0ne

    L0dest0ne Novizio

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    New Delhi
    New Delhi
    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    Hello friends.

    Came across an unusual thing with my Punto 90 HP during the weekend.

    After driving from Delhi to Chandigarh (Murthal to Chandigarh non-stop) on Friday evening, I found that the engine hood was cool to the touch, rather than warm / hot as normally the case is. Noticed the same thing on the drive back on Sunday.

    I am mystified by this. Please advise if this is a problem.

    I have also recently felt the following:

    a) The Punto feels a little sluggish esp. at city speeds
    b) There is a little hesitation before starting upon ignition (at times, not always). Glow plugs had been replaced last month.
    c) There has been a slight dip in mileage. Returned a mileage of just under 20 kmpl during the round trip from Chandigarh. It is usually about 21-22 or more.
    d) The gears feel a little stiff. esp. when changing back to first.

    The Punto has done almost 45,000 kms (10,000 kms plus during this year) and is due for her service in August.

    Please advise if these symptoms indicate any problem or is it just that its almost time for service?

    Cheers,

    Sunil.
  2. pabhishek

    pabhishek Esperto

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    Oslo
    Pune
    Linea T-Jet
    Rearding your above quoted doubt, its completely normal. Bonnet/engine hood wont be heated if out side temperature is pleasant or cold.

    Cant comment much about others.:)
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  3. puntophile

    puntophile Amatore

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    Indirapuram NCR
    Not a matter of concern at all....see, in NCR temperature had dipped due to the rain. A sudden change in ambient may affect the way the ECU behaves till it adjusts itself to the change. The long term accumulated fuel trim might be a little affected by this sudden change and hence a minor drop in mileage. And yes, 10k plus kms is a good reason to get her serviced! No doubt!
    prabhjot likes this.
  4. L0dest0ne

    L0dest0ne Novizio

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    New Delhi
    New Delhi
    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    Thanks for the response friends! Will keep that in mind and get her serviced soon :-0

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