How can one reduce or banish the smell which comes after the AC is turned on or off after a long time? Abhishek Awasthi
The car AC system has an evaporator that is located underneath the dashboard and is enclosed in a dark box where moisture could be present long after you’ve turned off the AC. Once the AC is turned off, there won’t be any circulated fresh air to dry out the evaporator. This dark and moist environment is a perfect place for smelly bacteria to grow, hence the foul smell coming from the AC. There are a few products available in India which can help keep foul smells at bay:
- 3M coil cleaner and disinfectant foam.
- Gulf neutraliser-air-conditioner cleaner.
- Eagle One odour eliminator.
- A branded car perfume/ freshener which clips on the AC vent.
It is important to keep the interiors clean. Seek professional help if required.
I want to buy a petrol or a diesel compact MUV priced below Rs 9 lakh. It should be a seven-seater and have an AC, power steering, good handling and brakes. Will Toyota introduce Avanza in early 2011? Sreeraj Karavatt
Toyota is considering the launch of the Avanza but it won’t come before 2012. However, it is not a seven-seater as it has only two rows of seats and can at best seat five. A decent option is the Innova but you may have to stretch your budget to go beyond the base model.
Has there been a recent change in the Swift’s diesel engine? Does it have the same Fiat Multi-jet motor? Aswin
The Swift uses the same multi-jet engine as does Fiat but has been upgraded to meet BS IV emission norms. The level of tuning is different between the two and so is the performance. The diesel motor in the Swift has a slight edge over other cars that use the same Fiat diesel engine.
I am planning to buy a saloon priced between Rs 7-8 lakh. Fuel efficiency is a priority. I’d prefer a petrol-engined car to a diesel. Maheshwar
The Ford Fiesta best fits your budget. The 1.6 Duratec petrol offers superb performance and decent fuel efficiency too.