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  • Suggestion required: Servicing at Castrol Bike zone

    Hi guys,
    After exhausting my free services within 5 months of buying P150, went to Castrol bike zone for first service.As It has been under free services for last 8K kms. Decided to go for their Gold service.
    Well, set me back with 355 Rs. And add onto that 305Rs (for they recommended semi synthetic Power1 engine oil)..

    Feeling, price is a bit steep. though they have silver (255Rs) and normal (155Rs.) services also.
    i generally ride with a pillion averaging 1500-2000 KM per month including touring on weekends. Can someone suggest what should be correct combination of services like Gold then normal then silver etc... And should i go for fully synthetic oil next time.

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    Query Moved and Approved.
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    • #3
      Is the Gold service the top thing they do In C Bike zone ???
      what all jobs are included in it ?

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      • #4
        Usually Silver service per 2000 km is good. The rest of the bike issues(if you have any) can be sorted out by just a word of mouth. You can go for Gold Service per six months or as per your budget limits.
        Gold service include tappet adjustments,engine compression check and carburetor check etc.
        Castrol BZ in Lucknow is quite good and the mechanics are quite experienced in their trade. However the experience may differ from city to city.
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        "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall."

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        • #5
          yes, gold service is their 'top thing'..

          they said, my rpm was wrongly set to 1400 at idle and reset it to 1000..
          after servicing bike feels good.. but feeling somewhat strained while accelerating from 60 to 80..
          will check it out on highway on weekend.. otherwise will got it tuned back for better performance.. can't curb stitching in my right wrist

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nitin_traveller View Post
            yes, gold service is their 'top thing'..

            they said, my rpm was wrongly set to 1400 at idle and reset it to 1000..
            after servicing bike feels good.. but feeling somewhat strained while accelerating from 60 to 80..
            will check it out on highway on weekend.. otherwise will got it tuned back for better performance.. can't curb stitching in my right wrist
            are you sure idle speed is 1000rpm ??, should be 1200 to 1400 rpm .

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Puneet1 View Post
              are you sure idle speed is 1000rpm ??, should be 1200 to 1400 rpm .
              I agree with you puneet..

              this weekend went on highway.. and ripped like anything.. Max was 105.. and 108 on slopes.. Whereas, I normally do 115 and 120 on slope..
              So got back to castrol guys and asked to increase the rpm.. He said, he has done it perfectly and it should be 1000 RPM for best mileage and performance.. I told him, i don't give a damn about mileage.. just reset it to higher power..

              right now it's at around 1200 for idle.. let's C.. would get time to check next weekend only..

              Either this is something new for that castrol mechanic or I am missing something.. let's C ..

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              • #8
                one more thing..

                In the morning, I generally start with chauk on.. It's giving lots of white smoke initially since last week.. later it's fine..

                Castrol mechanic suggested me to use chauk, only when it doesn't start without chok.. so let's C..

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                • #9
                  White smoke?? That means there is something seriously wrong! You need to look into it!!

                  The mechanic was correct - use choke only when you know the bike won't start without it. And pull it only to the min. required extent. After few times, you should be able to predict when and how much to use it.

                  You should set the idle RPM exactly where its recommended by Bajaj.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Raccoon View Post
                    White smoke?? That means there is something seriously wrong! You need to look into it!!

                    The mechanic was correct - use choke only when you know the bike won't start without it. And pull it only to the min. required extent. After few times, you should be able to predict when and how much to use it.

                    You should set the idle RPM exactly where its recommended by Bajaj.
                    I couldn't find the exact idle RPM in my manual...
                    can someone tell me what it is? or where can i find it?

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                    • #11
                      1400 + or - 100 is the general setting for most bikes.

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                      • #12
                        nightmare of my life!

                        I gave my ZMA for service at the Castrol Bike Zone(Chennai), since the kicker reflex was not working. I also had to change my rear break pads.

                        First things was that, they took 5 days to return the bike. I was still happy to see her after a long time. Obviously had to go for the check. When I started the ignition, I had an heart attack. There was some weird noise from the engine, as if there was a few bells inside(I know it sounds funny-but it did). When asked him for the reason why there was such a noise, there was an answer which no moron would believe; he said that since the engine was opened and has been assembled now and it would slowly decease by the day. Its past 7 days and the noise has kept increasing on the contrary.

                        A few days back before I gave the bike for service I had changed I had changed the engine oil. During the service, the supervisor calls me and says that the oil seems to be old and needs a change. The funda here is that, the engine oil that I changed, was bought from the same Castrol Bike Zone and is was the same person who took my payment as well.

                        The rear brake feels so sluggish that the brake shoe does not seem to have been changed. Even after I have tightened the brakes, it still have the feel of a good braking.

                        After all this I got a call yesterday from their team, for a survey. HOW FUNNY!!!

                        The total cost for the service including replacement of accelerator cable, kicker spring, rear brake shoe, self motor bush and of course, engine oil, was just Rs. 3,500 only. I don mind spendin money for ma bike, but it should be worthy.

                        Need suggestion fellow riders.....
                        Last edited by kar(its)ma!; 03-11-2009, 08:36 AM. Reason: More info.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kar(its)ma! View Post
                          I gave my ZMA for service at the Castrol Bike Zone(Chennai), since the kicker reflex was not working. I also had to change my rear break pads.

                          First things was that, they took 5 days to return the bike. I was still happy to see her after a long time. Obviously had to go for the check. When I started the ignition, I had an heart attack. There was some weird noise from the engine, as if there was a few bells inside(I know it sounds funny-but it did). When asked him for the reason why there was such a noise, there was an answer which no moron would believe; he said that since the engine was opened and has been assembled now and it would slowly decease by the day. Its past 7 days and the noise has kept increasing on the contrary.

                          A few days back before I gave the bike for service I had changed I had changed the engine oil. During the service, the supervisor calls me and says that the oil seems to be old and needs a change. The funda here is that, the engine oil that I changed, was bought from the same Castrol Bike Zone and is was the same person who took my payment as well.

                          The rear brake feels so sluggish that the brake shoe does not seem to have been changed. Even after I have tightened the brakes, it still have the feel of a good braking.

                          After all this I got a call yesterday from their team, for a survey. HOW FUNNY!!!

                          The total cost for the service including replacement of accelerator cable, kicker spring, rear brake shoe, self motor bush and of course, engine oil, was just Rs. 3,500 only. I don mind spendin money for ma bike, but it should be worthy.

                          Need suggestion fellow riders.....

                          You have been taken for a ride...literally. I have been a strong advocate of not keeping our beloved rides overnight any place/any mechanic. I know how these b@5t@**% take our bikes and go for their rides...and since its not their bike, they treat it anyhow they feel...

                          Sorry for this sudden outburst but feel bad when someone mistreats a bike.

                          @kar(its)ma!:Take your bike to the showroom and ask for an estimate of repairs/probable faults in the bike. Take this estimate and the fault list to the same place and give a piece of your mind to that a$$h*&*# manager. Show him that the oil is dirty and ask him to open the brake pads there and then. Take along some mechanic friend of yours who can contradict their "GOLI".
                          Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

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                          • #14
                            This is precisely why I harp about Castrol Bike Zones being a $%ithole except maybe a few exceptions. AVOID CASTROL BIKE ZONEs. Think about it, these people don't even stock spares of different bikes and they need to run to the A.S.Ss every time even for a brake shoe. IMHO, expecting good service from such a set up is wishful thinking. I use the CBZs only to buy genuine castrol oil

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                            • #15
                              ^^^Why do you need to buy Castrol oils from them? You can get genuine Castrol oil at any Castrol authorised dealer. You can see their websive or call on their toll free number for dealer details. And really... why Castrol? There are so many better options!

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