Thought i should update everyone on my recent trip to Honda Classic I.10 at 80K. I knew what i had to get done but still wanted to ask them for an estimate. They gave me an outrageous estimate of Rs 40,000 (Attached), included silly things like Brake and Transmission oil change even though i know those oils do not require changing yet (maybe at 100K). Only the labor Honda was charging was Rs 12,500!! I laughed and went straight to where i usually go. Autoclub, I.10, Islamabad, literally around the corner from Honda Classic. I used to get the oil change and brake servicing etc from them in the past but this was the first time i went there for a bigger task. Throttle body and Catalytic Converters cleanup along with the usual Oil change, Air/Oil filters and Brakes servicing etc. I was in 2 minds as I had read that ALWAYS GO TO HONDA for throttle body + cat cleanup and it requires re-calibration and it is very sensitive and ordinary mechanics mess the cars up etc etc but anyway i decided to give this workshop a try.
Massive Cost Saving: Total cost of the WHOLE JOB at Autoclub, including parts and labor was Rs 10,700. Attached are the pictures of how they cleaned the secondary catalytic converter by cutting and welding it back again. Honda only uses a brush to clean it no matter how dirty it is. The primary catalytic converter was not even cleanable (too much carbon in it) so the guys at Autoclub cut it open, replaced the ceramic plates inside it and welded it back together. They adjusted the tappets, cleaned the throttle body, cleaned both primary and secondary catalytic converters, replaced the ceramic plates on cat 1, serviced the brakes, cleaned plugs, greased up the clutch, changed car oil, air filter, oil filter. All within Rs 10,700!!
Re-calibration of RPM after throttle body clean up: I read a lot of articles about how we should only go to Honda for the throttle body clean up as the RPM/Throttle has to be re-calibrated. Which is true and the guys at Autoclub told me that we may have to take the car to Honda for re-calibration (extra Rs 2000) once the work is done but usually we clean it in a way that it does not need to be re-calibrated. And finally after the cleanup I did not require the honda visit as the RPM was perfectly stable. (Another cost saving). Honda 3S charges Rs 2000 for this and do it even if your car is OK.
Result: Car fuel average went up from 14.1 kmpl to 17.3 kmpl within islamabad (yes within city with all the traffic lights and speed breakers) and i'm not even joking how much a difference this cleaning made. I've driven about 200 KM since and the average keeps getting better everyday.
Recommendation: Take your car there now and get this stuff cleaned if you've crossed 40K or if your fuel economy has massively dropped recently.
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