Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
The first thing you should know is that a car battery’s lifespan is fixed and there’s nothing you can do to extend it beyond that. But, there are things drivers often do that cause the battery to die early. Learn how to care for your battery and be rewarded with a long battery life.

1. Limit short rides

Shorts distance trips prevent your car’s battery from a full charge cycle. Over the long run, this will reduce the charge capacity of the battery and its lifespan. Instead, go for a long distance drive once a week during the weekend to give the battery a full charge it deserves.

2. Once a month routine inspection

Battery terminals corrode over time, but keeping them clean from buildup is a great way to extend the life of your car battery. Scrub the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in a baking soda and water mixture. Then, using a spray bottle with cold water, rinse the mixture off and follow up with a thorough drying with a clean cloth.

3. Don’t use electronics when idle

Turn off functions like the radio or air conditioner when your engine isn’t running to put less wear and tear on your battery power. Extended periods of idling also can wear a battery down. And not to forget, don’t charge your smartphone before starting your car’s engine.



4. Keep Your Battery Tightly Fastened

A battery that’s not securely fastened could end up vibrating, potentially resulting in internal damage and short circuits. Have your battery terminal checked regularly, especially if you frequently drive on bumpy roads.

5. Check your car’s alternator

If your alternator is bad it will results in ineffective recharging of your battery and dramatically shorten your battery’s lifespan.
No matter how well you maintain your car battery, you can’t always foresee when it may die. That’s not a disaster because you can always count on CARPUT’s trusted car battery assistance if your car battery ever fails on you.

Carput Whatsapp Now
0

Blog, Car Battery Tips
It is important to understand your car battery at the very least the common warning signs of a dying battery. Just keep your eyes open for these symptoms.

1. Can’t remember your last replacement?

Car batteries are the unsung heroes of the car. We never remember to check, service or clean them although it works hard starting our engines every morning. Car batteries, like any other car part have a lifespan.

A good rule of thumb to determine the lifespan of your car battery is 1.5x to 2x of the manufacturer’s warranty. For example, if your last battery change was two years ago on a 12 month warranty battery, your battery is probably living on borrowed time.


2. Check the indicator

Some car batteries have indicators on the top side of the batteries. Like this one – a red indicator means that the battery is healthy and doesn’t need a charge while a white indicator tells you that it’s weak and needs a recharge or to be replaced.


3. Tick Tock

Car battery not only provides the power to start the engine, rather, it powers all the electronics like your power seats, power windows, air conditioning and many more. So if your car battery is failing while the car’s switched off, it may reset the electronics and your clock will go back to 00:00. Also, check your lights! If it’s dimmer than usual, it may be time to call us.


4. Slow engine crank

It takes a lot of power to get your car started, and all that power is produced solely by… you guessed it, your battery. If the battery is on its last legs, you may notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual. Try turning the ignition key and feel how fast the engine starts up. If it’s slower than usual, you got to get it tested before you’re stranded in your dodgy office car park.


5. You’ve jumped it a lot already

If you have to jump your car more than three times in a single week, it’s time to replace your car battery. The battery no longer has the capacity to hold its charge.


Compare the most common signs of a dying battery

0

We all spend our days driving over speed bumps and probably lost count when we get to our destination. Even though they are meant for safety purposes to slow down traffic in selected areas, some can be quite nerve-wracking.

Here, we list some of the typical speed bumps you’ll find on Malaysia roads and how each bump ranks in annoyance level.

1) The Bumple Bee

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗

Usually found around residential areas and less busy roads. Due to its wide and thick design, driving through it doesn’t cause much discomfort at a slower speed but speeding over it will definitely make your car fly.


2) Mini Bumple Bee

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These are abundant in those lorongs where you take your shortcuts to avoid the traffic. If you overcome one of these, get ready for 10 more ahead.


3) The Rubber Bump

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

For those who like shopping malls, these are a common sight. This speed bump by itself is not a challenge but try looking for a parking spot in Mid Valley during weekends. By the time you find a vacant spot after going around 20 times, be sure to check your wheels if they are still intact.


4) The Royal Rumble

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These are called rumble strips and they seriously do rumble your everyday life out of place. Driving through these feels as if your car is falling into pieces. “I don’t feel anything in my City.” Hold it right there, buddy. We are ranting on behalf the thousands and thousands of Peroduas and Protons out there, mkay. Peace.


5) The Let Me Cross Please?

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗

These speed bumps act two ways; to slow down traffic and as a pedestrian-crossing. Not much of an annoyance but you’ll feel a strange feeling in your gut if you don’t slow down. Also, if you see any pedestrian attempting to cross, have mercy and give way lah okay.


6) The ‘Welcome’ to the Neighbourhood

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

This one, Mr D.I.Y. approves. The fact that these speed bumps are not installed by the authorities means that its physics are not regulated. You can almost feel the pain in your own skin going through one of these. Try to avoid roads and lanes having these around at all cost.


7)The Inverse Speed Bumps

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

AKA potholes. Plentiful on Malaysia roads but you’ve got to admit that these ‘bumps’ are really effective in slowing down traffics. A seasoned Malaysian driver, however, can skillfully avoid these easily.


8) The Combo

Annoyance level: ⊗⊗⊗⊗⊗

Don’t judge a speed bump by its hump, guys. If you drive towards one of these thinking it’s just a speed bump and never have you been so wrong. A not-so-happy-meal combo indeed.
Do you find speed bumps a problem in your every day’s drive? How do you deal with annoying speed bumps? If you can relate to this pain, share it with your friends!

carput, car breakdown
0

Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
The year-end holiday seasons is probably the period of the year we all look forward to. While you are clearing off your remaining annual leaves, here’s a list to prepare your car for the journey.

We have to admit that the biggest concern of any road trip to a destination far from home is a potential car breakdown and that could really ruin the vacation. Like everything else,  it’s good to start early. Do these simple checks and reduce your chances of trouble on the road.

Here’s to wishing you the most wonderful time with your loved ones. Expect the unexpected and keep calm because the best memories are made on the open road. Bon voyage!

download-carput
1

Blog
The new Perodua Myvi sure looks tempting but believe it or not, some of us will still be visiting the used-car dealer nearby to own a good old second-hand car.

Moreover, recent flood incidents on certain parts of Malaysia will affect the industry. It simply means that flood-damaged cars will soon end up in used-car dealerships.

Afraid not, this is how to tell if the car you are interested in buying is damaged.

1. Is the car from another state?

Chances are flood-damaged cars will be transported away from flood zones to areas aren’t affected by the disaster. That’s pretty evil, right?

Months from now, when the weather is all calm and pleasant you’ll have forgotten all about the flood where the car has previously been registered.

2. Check the car’s history using VIN

You can do a complete background check on the car using its vehicle identification number (VIN). Not only you can find out if the car has been overhauled due to flood damage, but you will also know if the car has been in any major accident.

3. Hire a mechanic

If you are not confident with your own knowledge about cars, get a professional to help you out. While you might think that the car is good enough for you, a mechanic could easily spot something wrong with the car.

4. Use your nose

Seriously, your ever sensitive nostrils will instantly pick up any foul odour. Then ask yourself if the car passes your sniff test.

Smell of must, mould or mildew will be quite apparent if the car has been dipped in flood water. Also, if you notice a heavy deodorant, most likely it is too good to be true.

5. Check the carpets

Brand-new carpets do look great especially for a used car but in this case, it can mislead you to think that the car is in great condition when it is not underneath.

The same goes for the upholstery. Peel back some layer of the fabric under the carpet and in the boot to look for sign of moisture or rust.

Don’t forget to take a look at the spare tyre well.

carput, car breakdown

6. Check seat mounts and bolts

Seats are often removed in the course of drying out a car. So, when life gives you sun-dried seats, you check the seat mounts and bolts to see if they’ve been wrenched.

If you have a portable mirror with you, look out for rusty springs under the seat.

7. Check under the hood

Does the crankcase oil look like the colour of chocolate milk? That can be a sign of water intrusion. Any evidence of a water line on the firewall, the piece of panel separating the engine bay from the cabin.

8. Inspect headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights are one of the most expensive car parts to replace. Make that to your advantage and check for evidence of a past water line inside. Another sign of water intrusion is that the lights will be foggy.

9. Check screw heads and unpainted metal

Run your finger over hard-to-reach places like gaps and crevices under the hood, under the dashboard or along the backside of a body panel. It is too much work to replace all of those screws when it’s hidden from sight. The goal is to find any dried up mud and signs of rust.

10. Take a test drive

Ultimately, like any other process of purchasing a car, you want to take it for a spin first. Check to see if all electronics work. Do the stereo speakers sound funny?
While second-hand cars are great but if you unlucky enough to own a defected car, the consequences can be really expensive. Know a friend who is planning on getting a used-car? Share this with them!

carput, RM50 discount
0

Blog, Car Maintenance Tips

A visit to the car workshop can often burn a hole in our pockets. We can at least save some money if we are well-informed about the general pricing of car maintenance. carput car battery delivery

Here’s an infographic to give a rough idea of how much it should cost you to service your car.
car maintenance cost malaysia


Share this with your friends if you think they are likely to be the victim of a dishonest workshop! 
0

Blog
Driving in Malaysia, there is no escape from heavy downpour throughout the year. Rain or shine, as a driver we travel a lot and it is important we are in control of the vehicle regardless of the weather conditions.

But is driving in the rain any different from driving in clear weather? A quick answer is yes.

Your car especially its tyres and brakes perform at lower efficiency when it’s damp. Here are the things you can do to ensure your safety as you brave the traffic in the rain.

Use both hands

Hold on to the steering wheel with both hands so that you won’t get caught by surprise. Switch on the headlights, not for yourself but for other drivers to see you easily from a distance.

Maintain a safe distance

Your tyres will behave differently on wet surfaces as it loses its grip slightly. Maintain a safe distance to allow your car enough time to come to a stop.

carput car battery delivery

Water puddle

Malaysian roads are not known to be of the best condition. When you come across water puddle ahead of you, try to avoid it safely if possible. However, if you are forced to drive over the puddle, steer straight while letting off the accelerator slowly.

Splash surprise

Be careful of water splash caused by the other cars speeding over puddles of water. You will totally lose visibility of the road for a few seconds but don’t panic. Steer straight and do not brake to a halt or else the car behind will just slam into your bumper.

Changing lanes

We all know that the traffic miraculously becomes 100 times slower when a drop of water touches the road. We also know that Malaysian drivers are an impatient bunch. Before you change lane, observe carefully as your side mirror may become blurry. Cars without its headlights switched on will only make it worse.

Fogging window

Foggy windows can be quite annoying especially during the rainy season. How does that happen? A simple explanation is that when the temperature and moisture level outside are greater than inside the car, moisture will condense on the outer glass surface.

Use your windshield wipers and turn up the temperature of your air cond. Another tip is to switch off the recirculation to equalise the temperature and moisture level inside and outside the car.
Are you a better driver in the rain or in clear weather? Tell us what steps do you take as precautions when it’s raining on the highway.

carput car battery delivery
0

Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
We all know that maintaining a car is important to make sure that the machine is always in working condition. But with so many parts that make up a car, it can be difficult to keep track on the maintenance schedule for your car.

carput car battery delivery

The wear and tear on these different parts of the car vary one from another so here’s a guide to help you.


How Often To Check Your Car Parts
Once you’ve got the hang of estimating your car’s maintenance schedule, you will know when to replace or service parts of your car. On the other hand, you will no longer be an easy prey of dishonest workshops.

carput car battery delivery
0

Blog
雨季来临,每到放工时间开始下雨! 这样不但照成严重的交通阻塞,更大大提高了驾驶难度。 每一秒都在考验开车朋友们的开车技巧和应对能力。


雨天开车时抓稳方向盘,聚精会神的注视路况和放慢车速是最基本的常识。小篇在这里要提醒大家,除了这些基本的措施,开车的朋友们也应该留意一下这几个tips!

carput car battery delivery

下雨天开车Tips:

打开车灯和雾灯 通过灯光来引起前后车辆注意,保证自身的安全。下大雨的时候,前后的车辆都很难看清路面,很可能在转道的时候没有注意到你的存在而导致碰撞。 避免车子打滑 如果遇到路面积水,为了避免“水滑现象(buang)”,一定要摆直车轮,握紧方向盘,并慢慢松开油门,让车子自然通过积水区。


傍边车辆溅起水花时 有时候地面积水,旁边的车经过可能溅起水花影响视线。这时切记别慌张,不要盲目闪避。应该握紧方向盘,保持原有路线继续向前。
望后镜模糊,怎么办? 涂抹肥皂小篇发现了一个很有用的小贴士:在望后镜表面涂抹肥皂或洗洁精来达到不占雨水的效果。但是,这些用品容易被暴雨冲掉,所以不太耐久。尽管如此,车主们不妨试试,然后告诉小篇你们的心得哦!
最后,小篇再一次提醒大家在雨中开车记得记得小心驾驶,互相礼让,安全第一。这样才能顺利安全抵达目的地哦!

carput car battery delivery
0

Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
Coolant is a mixture of a form of glycol and water. Glycol prevents the coolant from reaching the boiling point in extreme heat. More importantly, it keeps engine within operational temperatures under all climate extremes and driving conditions.

Warning

Never undo the coolant filler cap while the engine is hot as you could scald yourself. Place a rag over the cap and unscrew it slowly to allow pressure to escape. Wash off any splashes of coolant from the skin (poisonous) and from the car’s bodywork (can damage paint).

Check Coolant Level

Most cars have a coolant reservoir with minimum and maximum level marks. With the engine cold, the coolant level should be between the two marks. Normally, it’s best to check the coolant level during every service intervals. Besides, it’s a good habit to check the coolant levels before a long distance trip to avoid breaking down on the highway.

Top Up Coolant

If your coolant level is too low (below or near the lower mark), top it up using a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant (for normal driving conditions). In the case that your car overheats on the road, you can use clean tap water, but make up the coolant concentration afterwards.

Refit Cap and Check for Leaks

Refit the cap tightly afterwards and mop up any spills. Take a flashlight to the underside of your engine to and inspect the area for damp or dripping. The coolant will usually be green, pink or orange so it should stand out under the light. The leak will usually be found near the radiator, the front area of the engine, and the firewall area.

Renew Coolant

It’s best to renew your coolant every 2 to 5 years depending on the type of coolant you use.

Flush the System

Flush the system with clean water, or maybe a flushing compound. A clogged radiator can cause overheating. Try using a cooling system flushing compound to clear it.
If your coolant temperature is approaching dangerous levels, pull over carefully to avoid any further damage to your vehicle. Do not attempt to drive with an overheated engine to avoid a very expensive repair cost. It’s always a good idea to have a big bottle of clean water kept in your car for emergencies such as this.
0

PREVIOUS POSTSPage 2 of 7NEXT POSTS