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  1. The 6*4 COB LED last very less time. Replaced that with 48 SMD LED matrix (6*8). It's really bright. I tried some LED festoon bulb, straight swap with OEM, those are brighter than OEM. But after using this 48 SMD LED matrix, I didn't changed. Other LED change are T10 in license plate. So far I did it at non-critical one only. Changed the T10 for parking but after turning headlight combination of white and yellow doesn't look good so back to halogen. I need to dig pics of license plate and dome, will update later.
  2. I have completed the cargo lamp. Check that out in below post. Those who have trunk light already they don't need much work as they can simply replace existing bulb with LED or if they want to put light in 2 place it's still easier. The flexible light I used is the one sold normally as "Audi style DRL" having silicon tube outside and LED inside.
  3. Thanks LittleBlue, Bobby for your valuable suggestions. So this time again it turned out a false alarm. Today I went and 1st started looking for sensor location. Luckily, pointed sensor 1, although alarm was for sensor 2 which I can't able to see, it need car to be lifted up. Finally, decided to try my luck. Kept fingers crossed, turned engine and the ugly "Yellow" check engine light is gone. Cleared P0138 via obd adaptor and turned engine again to verify and its all good. Thanks to this episode, I learnt a little about O2 sensor. Now, I assume that the water jet possibly hit the sensor and due to moisture it generated higher voltage than 0.3V and ECU estimated it error. Keeping it under observation for driving some miles.
  4. This is type I mentioned, I am using with earphones. Only you need to keep it charged and turn on every time. Also, one more type Bluetooth adaptor I have seen similar to this one. They have USB port at one end and Aux at another. But those usually give mono output, instead of stereo.
  5. You can try the Bluetooth device which can sit directly in 12v socket and have Aux connection to car stereo. These have usually 1 or 2 USB port for charging + basic button like call, prev & next. For ref. only. (Car Kit Handsfree Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP 3.5mm AUX Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter DC5V 2.1A USB Charger For Smart Phone There are other devices (FM transmitter with Bluetooth), I doubt those as they connect phone on Bluetooth but with car audio they transmit over FM. Downside, they actually broadcast the audio on phone to car stereo, anyone nearby can listen with same frequency tuned and audio quality over FM is already a big question mark. For ref. only. (Bluetooth Car Kit Handsfree FM Transmitter AUX Audio MP3 Player Bluetooth Stereo A2DP Music Player 5V 3.1A Car Charger I have used a Bluetooth earphone, which have 3.5mm out port, but everytime I need to turn on that when going in car. Although, it auto turn off if disconnected for 5 or 10min. I never tried option I gave above as now a days I drive very less. Hope this may clear some doubt for you. I personally don't prefer to modify existing audio for port swap.
  6. Thanks LittleBlue. I will certainly check which is easily accessible since I can't get a helping hand and I really novice for car working. And yes, I am also following your turbo project. Wishing you good luck for that!!!
  7. Hi Bobby, I don't have parking place in house and it is parked at nearby friend's house. I do dry cleaning of my car myself as the place I park, I can't go for water washing. I love to make it clean and do betterment small things. I normally outsource cleaning job when I drive out of town (especially going into village or some dirty road area) to get underbelly cleaned. I certainly prefer to do job myself for learning and off course because GM service centre guy are not good. They overfill the liquids and create so much mess. I do one visit a year as these people make noise when you met accident and call for insurance.
  8. Struck by luck again!!! This time I got P0138 (O2 sensor circuit high voltage (Bank1 Sensor2)) and more importantly "check engine" light. I didn't try to clear it as I was on way. But this time I am more concerned due to check engine light. Can someone tell where are these O2 sensor located. I am afraid this may be caused by loose connection or so. Just to add, my car got a wash yesterday and I remember guy cleaning bonnet area with compressed air (or water). P.S. this time I am ruling out battery as problem since I have driven car for good amount (400km in 2 weeks against 100km in a month) recently.
  9. Another idea you may like. I have seen someone on forum or on internet, used his old android phone as head unit with aux to OEM. I too interested in that but stuck as I didn't find any Bluetooth dialer app on phone which I want to use as head unit. I used a car dashboard app, this can add shortcut to other app Torque, music app radio etc. Further, you can turn on the phone when it start charging, with no option to turn off with car. Biggest downside I see in this setup is battery, I don't want to leave any battery in car when it's cooking summer heat outside, 45°C.
  10. Hi Aaron, I can suggest, if you're not specifically looking for reputed brand like Sony etc., browse the AliExpress. There you may find many Android 2din units. Here, you need to replace 2 things, main unit and the bezel around. As the current bezel is designed for OEM player. For bezel, you may get same from GM as the lower variant have 2 din space. Otherwise, same is available on AliExpress. I am not Chinese item freak but browse for things which are not available off the shelf or I want for experiment purpose. Link for bezel for ref. 2Din Car Radio Stereo Frame for Chevrolet Spark Beat Daewoo Matiz 2010+ DVD Panel Front Bezel Fascia Dash Trim Kit Double Din
  11. Welcome Hd saprk on forum!! I too feel it difficult for backseat lightening, due to dark grey interior. Mine is 2010 LS India. I had some plan, option 1, have independent light like front, I thought of VW reading lamp with matching connector. This is small light and this way it will turn on either with door or with switch when one really need it. Option 2 just add a parallel lamp(like trunk lamp) to front light. Since you are in warranty, get clear things 1st as this need to tap existing wiring and a hole fix in ceiling. In that case a work around you can use, take a USB LED lamp with USB extension cable and hang to rear of seat. Or some 12v LED lamp which can get power from cigarette lighter socket. Pic - USB LED lamp flexible, I tried for footwell lamp. These are very bright.
  12. Hi nightfury, May be you have already tried this. Just putting, if not. As you mentioned no air at all, means possibly blower not getting power, reason to my understanding blower fuse may blown-out. This located inside cabin relay module. Location you can refer on booklet. Other possibility, as deesdetfc mentioned in his post, ac relay or fuse. Ac fuse & relay are located in engine relay module. Fuse can be checked visually and with Multimeter. For relay you can ask someone to turn ac while observing to relay activation click at engine bay.
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    Hi, Its basically the dotted part are directly soldered on the board of fuse-relay box. Now why, GM can only answer. I can suggest if you have doubt on ac relay, you need one person help. Turn on car, open the hood and the relay box and ask someone to turn ac on. You must be able to hear the click of relay activation. This is my presumption, I never tried this as never encountered this. But yes this is how relay works. Safety point - ensure parking brake applied. Pic is for reference, I took mine relay bord's just 2 week back as fog relay was loosing contact. Don't try to dismantle unless you are really very good to electronics.
  14. Certainly it's best description I have seen on eBay. It reminds me of technical bids I used to write as an estimator for our system solutions. It's covering all the minute details, one usually check in person when buying a used car. I wish I could, but being in India can't buy a LHD vehicle. Good luck for the bid.