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What it takes to fix low mileage

Automobile related queries answered by experts.

autos Updated: Jun 14, 2011 01:53 IST
Hindustan Times

I own a June 2008 Maruti Swift VXi that has clocked 39,000km. It manages a measly 8-9kpl. How do I boost its mileage? I am using the standard tyres and alloys that came with the ZXi variant. How long will these tyres last and which brand of tyre should I choose?
Anand Ravinder

A Fuel economy is affected drastically due to a worn clutch assembly. Changing the clutch (pressure plate, clutch plate and release bearing) will solve the issue. Normally, tyres should last between 40,000 – 50,000km depending upon many factors. We recommend brands are Michelin, Bridgestone, Apollo and MRF.

How does a car advertised to have ‘solid’ paint differ from one with ‘flat’ and ‘metallic’ paint?
Aman Shah

A‘Solid’ or ‘flat’ paint is the same thing. It’s usually the cheaper alternative when buying a new car. Metallic paint contains tiny flecks of metal that sparkle. It usually costs more but shows off a car’s body contours better than solid colours.

First Published: Jun 13, 2011 16:26 IST