Car Battery Tips, Car Maintenance Tips

Ever find yourself with a dead car battery issue? Works just fine yesterday and suddenly your car couldn’t start?

Yup, we have all been there once. And just like you, as someone who knows nothing about car, this problem leaves us all in confusion as to what’s going on with the car. And the worst part, majority of us do not know/save any contact of a foreman. End up calling some friends to help us diagnose the issue. 

Even if you manage to get a contact, usually local workshops operates from 9AM until 6PM. If you have a breakdown early in the morning or later at night, you probably won’t be able to get any help anytime soon. Been there, done that.

So today we are going to share with you some tips on getting a temporary fix for this issue.


How To Revive a Dead Car Battery

1. Check Battery Terminal Connections

The first thing that you want to do is to check the terminal connection. Make sure the connections are tight and well connected. Try to move the connection,if it’s movable (can be rotated), means the connection are not perfect.

While doing this, make sure you have switched off your car and to be safe, keep the keys with you. 

2. Clean Up Battery Terminal

Clean up any sulfation or dirt to make sure the contact are perfect and ensure efficient power supply. Again, make sure your cars are switched off.

3. Attempt a ‘Jumpstart’

Perform a jumpstart if you have the necessary equipment and tools. Else, try to get help from a neighbour or nearby friends.

Few things that you may need to be really careful with :

– Make sure the it is being done with the right sequence.
– Ensure the ‘donor’ battery size/capacity is bigger than the ‘dead’ battery
– Once done, let you engine runs for 20-30 minutes to recharge your battery
– For cars with a lot of electronics part and features, seek a professional assistance (such as CARPUT)

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Causes of Dead Car Battery

1. Reaching It’s Limit

Do you know, an average lifespan of a normal maintenance free car battery is around 1.5-2 years. With a better care, you may extend it’s lifespan up to 2-3 years. But that’s about it. The plates will have lower holding capacity and eventually will need a new replacement.

But in case it dies off earlier, don’t forget to claim for warranty. Most battery manufacturer provide a warranty period of at least 12 months (or 25,000 KM mileage). If it’s faulty within the warranty period, you may claim to get a new battery replacement. (psstt, CARPUT warranty period is up to 18 months!)

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2. Forgot To Switch Off Lights

Not just the headlights, sometimes we make some mistake such as not closing the door tight enough, causing the interior light to be left switched on for the entire night. This will drain out the battery.

As for this type of cases, you may not need to change your battery yet. Try to jumpstart and have your car running to recharge the battery with your car alternator. Then only you try to switch off and start again. If failure, probably your battery needs replacement as it no longer able to hold charge.

3. Alternator Did Not / Low Charge

One of another common issue is alternator. The function of a car alternator is to charge your car battery while the engine is running. For older cars, some alternator may need to be replaced. It does not charge as efficient, thus causing the car battery to be always in a lower charged. 

If your alternator is faulty, a jumpstart won’t solve your issue. Your car will dies off while you are driving. If you are facing such issue, it is advised for you to call you car insurance and get your car towed to a nearby workshop. In case your car is under a 3rd party insurance with no towing coverage, you can try to check with our price. 



Signs of a Weak Car Battery

 

1. Dimming Headlights

You may be able to notice that your headlights are a little bit dimmer than usual. But it may not be too obvious unless you are particular to changes and details.

2. Weak Crankings

You may face a difficulty in cranking your engine. It may sounds a little bit weaker than usual. Yup, that’s your battery in low health/charge.

3. Sulfication on Terminals

Sulfication is another sign of a weakened car battery,


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Checking your car’s tyre pressure is not something you have to do every day. But you should know that the tyres are paramount for your safety.


The air in your car’s tyre depletes slowly as you drive, so it’s best to check every two weeks to ensure its optimum pressure level.

What is the correct tyre pressure for any car? When it comes to the right tyre pressure, the maximum is not optimum. Read on to learn why:


The easy way to know if the pressure is right













Under-inflated tyres – Not good

Does your car occasionally feel heavier than normal? That’s because you are experiencing increased rolling resistance with the road. That also means reduced fuel efficiency and increased CO2 emissions.

If you notice that the inside and outside edges of the tread that is already ‘botak’, that’s because you have been driving with under-inflated tyres.

What you may think: Under-inflated tyres will make the car ride less bumpy. That’s not true because bumpiness of the ride is affected by the suspension and absorber, not the tyres.


Over-inflated tyres – Not good

More means better right? Not really, when it comes to tyre. Putting too much air in your tyres can be just as damaging and costly.

Over-inflated tyres will have a smaller contact patch which can lead to a loss of traction and poorer braking distances. Not only that, your tyres will wear heavily and unevenly across the central part of the tyre leading to shorter tyre lifespan.

What you may think: Some might think that over-inflated tyres provide better acceleration. But at what cost?


The optimum tyre pressure – GOOD

You don’t have to bring along a scientific calculator and do the math every time you want to inflate your tyres. Information on your car’s recommended tyre pressure can be found at the driver’s door jam.

If it’s not there, try looking on the trunk lid, in the console or on the fuel tank flap. When your tyres are inflated to the recommended PSI, you will have happy tyres which mean optimum life and performance.

What you must know before pumping the tyres

1. Know the recommended tyre air pressure

You’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure for your car on the sticker in the door jam (Yeah! It’s there and it’s for your tyres!), or in your owner’s manual.


2. Your air source is at the nearest petrol station

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Air pumps at petrol stations around Malaysia are easy to operate. You can use the air pump to check the tyre pressure and at the same time inflating the tyres. Though you will get a more accurate reading with a tyre gauge. Most of the pumps come with a chart to help you convert from psi to kPa or vice versa. No math required 😛


3. Get em’ tyres pumped

Be patient. The sound of the air rushing to fill the tyre is almost as satisfying as an orchestra. It will take as little as 20 seconds to a few minutes to fill each tyre. Remember to screw back the valve cap after that and you are ready to roll!


Why does it matter?

Having the right tyre pressure may help prolong the lifespan of your vehicle’s tyres, increases the vehicle’s safety and helps save fuel. A tyre’s lifespan may decrease up to 75% if it is operating at around 80% of the optimum pressure.

It’s good to get a tyre pressure gauge for the household and get every driver in your family to be responsible for their car tyres. Always check the tyre pressure when your tyres are cold.

Also, if you are using your vehicle to carry additional load or weight, always consult your vehicle handbook for the correct loaded tyre pressure.
The next time you pay a visit to the petrol station, give your car tyres a quick check and get the air pressure right. Trust me, you will feel the difference for the better. And if you have a flat tyre, remember there’s the CARPUT mobile app to get reliable help changing to a spare tyre!
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Apa perkara pertama yang anda buat sebaik sahaja anda nampak meter minyak berkelip? Ada beberapa jenis pemandu yang boleh kita kasifikasikan dalam kes ini.

Ada jenis pemandu yang terus mencari stesen minyak berdekatan. Kalau atas highway, sanggup exit.

Ada juga jenis pemandu yang tak pernah kenal erti minyak berkelip. Asal tinggal 1 bar saja, terus isi penuh.

Tapi, 

Ada juga jenis pemandu yang bila minyak berkelip, kalau boleh dia nak bawa kereta sampai tangki minyak kering. Baru nak isi.

Anda golongan yang mana? Sekiranya anda tergolong dalam golongan yang ke 3, ketahuilah anda adalah golongan yang merisikokan kereta anda sendiri! Tabiat ini harus terus diubah segera.

Mesti anda akan kata,

“Eleh setiap kereta ada reserve tank lah. Bila minyak berkelip, masih boleh jalan 30-40KM.”

Kami akan terangkan bagaimana tabiat buruk anda ini bakal mengakibatkan kerosakan kepada Fuel Pump anda.

Apa Itu Fuel Pump

Sebelum tu, anda perlu tahu dulu apa itu fuel pump. Fuel pump berfungsi sebagai alat yang mengepam bahan api (petrol/diesel) ke enjin kenderaan. Sesetengah kenderaan, apabila anda hidupkan suis kereta, anda akan dapat dengan fuel pump anda berfungsi mengepam minyak ke enjin untuk anda hidupkan enjin. Tanpa fuel pump, kereta anda tidak akan dapat bergerak.

Jangan Memandu Dengan Minyak Berkelip, Bakal Rosakkan Kereta

Bagaimana Memandu Dengan Minyak Berkelip Rosakkan Fuel Pump?

Apabila anda memandu dengan lampu minyak berkelip, bererti anda memandu dengan tangki minyak yang minima. Jadi apa kesannya kepada kereta anda?

1. Berlaku Geseran Berlebihan pada Fuel Pump

Minyak petrol yang ada di dalam tangki minyak juga berfungsi sebagai minyak ‘pelincir’ untuk fuel pump. Apabila minyak berada di paras yang rendah, fuel pump berfungsi tanpa minyak sebagai pelincir. Ini menjadikan terdapat geseran yang lebih berlaku di fuel pump.

Akibat daripada geseran tersebut, fuel pump akan rosak lebih cepat.

2. Fuel Pump Menjadi Panas

Selain menjadi pelincir, minyak juga menjadi bahan penyejuk untuk fuel pump. Apabila minyak pada paras yang rendah, sebahagian besar fuel pump tidak terendam di dalam minyak, berbanding tangki yang lebih terisi. Ini sekaligus menyebabkan suhu fuel pump menjadi sedikit tinggi daripada biasa.

Dan fuel pump menjadi lebih terdedah kepada kerosakan berbanding fuel pump yang beroperasi di dalam tangki minyak penuh.



Oleh sebab itu, adalah penting untuk anda memastikan yang anda tidak terlalu kerap memandu dengan lampu minyak berkelip.

Sedarlah bahawa tindakan anda itu, tidak membantu anda menjimatkan penggunaan minyak. Sebaliknya, anda bakal menyusahkan diri sendiri apabila tiba-tiba kereta mati sewaktu memandu. Malah, anda terpaksa mengeluarkan kos lebih lagi untuk khidmat towing dan menggantikan fuel pump baru.

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You get into your car and start it just like any other day, everything seems fine. But there is an unfamiliar icon flashing on the dashboard, then you think to yourself “What sorcery is this?”.

It’s just one of the many ways your car is built to communicate with you, in this case it’s a form of a warning light.

You might have a wild imagination of what the symbols mean, but who am I to judge? 😛

But here is a list to explain what each of them means and what you should do.

1. Failed Helicopter Design

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No, you won’t be flying in your car. It’s the engine warning light.

This could indicate potential engine damage. You may experience some unusual complexity – for instance a lack of power, it is as if your car is limping caused by misfire, or the engine just doesn’t respond normally.

More likely than not, it could be as small as a faulty sensor in the car. You should get it diagnosed straight away to prevent further and potentially irreparable damage.

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2. Genie in a Bottle

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You won’t be making any wish come true. It’s the oil warning light.

This will light up if the oil temperature gets too hot, the amount of oil is insufficient or oil pressure drops too low. Inadequate oil and low oil pressure is something you want to avoid.

The oil pressure prevents it to be pulled by gravity to the bottom of the engine. Drop in oil pressure can be caused by a faulty oil pump, a leaking oil pipe or insufficient oil in the engine.

You should stop the car immediately and turn off the engine if you see the warning light. Check the oil level and top it up if needed. If the problem persists, give the professionals a call.

 3. Steamboat!

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Sure you wish it means steamboat time on a rainy day. It’s actually the brake warning light.

Your car’s brakes are the most crucial component of the vehicle. It’s likely that you left the handbrake on, just make sure it’s fully released.

If the light is still lit, it could be that your car is low on brake fluid or something more severe. Or it could be just the sensor is faulty.

A faulty braking system can be quite apparent. If the brake pedal is less firm and hits the floor when you push it, you should not be driving the car until it is fixed!

4. Robot wink 😉

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It’s the battery charge warning light, folks.

It is commonly mistaken to be solely a car battery issue. It’s actually a problem with the charging system.

It could be a faulty alternator, bad car battery, connection loss or damaged cable in the engine bay. When there is no charging, your car is running only on the remaining electrical power left in the car battery which runs out pretty quickly. Your car will just shut off while you are driving on a highway!

Affects of failure can be of many possibilities. Do not jump to conclusion but instead explain the symptoms to your car experts and make sure they check the entire charging system.

5. Samurai On-board

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Severity Level: ΔΔΔ

You won’t be killing any Bill. But you and your passengers should fasten the seatbelts. On some cars, this warning comes with a unpleasant noise too.

6. Satay Celup or Lok-lok

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Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

It’s not really something tasting great in your engine. The temperature warning light indicates that the engine is running too hot or coolant is insufficient in the system.

In worse case scenario, you will be left stranded with steam covering the engine bay. This could be cause by a malfunction car radiator or worst a blown head gasket.

Stop the car immediately if you see the warning light as driving hot for too long may lead to total engine failure.

7. You’re Drunk

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Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

Nope, not guilty as charged. It’s the traction-control warning light. 

You’ll normally see this when the wheels loose grip, usually in the rain. Your car is giving you an indication that you are close to the limit of grip. Meaning you should slow down.

If it’s on constantly, it might be that the traction-control is deactivated. Deactivation could be by you switching the system off or by fault. If it’s the latter, you should get it checked.

8. Espresso Glass Empty

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No it’s not your morning caffeine fix. This tyre-pressure sensor warning is more common on newer car models.

The system consistently monitors the tyre pressure and gives a warning when there’s a drop in pressure. Optimum tyre pressure is crucial for a safe drive, so do check and inflate your tyres whenever you see the warning.

9. Suicidal Smartphone

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Severity Level: ΔΔΔ

This is pretty much self-explanatory. When the amount of fuel left in the tank passed a certain level, the low-fuel warning light will come on.

When it comes on, you have approximately 80-100km of range, lower if your car have a smaller fuel tank. It is designed to give you enough warning to find a fuel station.

10. Acrobatic Stunt

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Severity Level: ΔΔΔΔ

If your car is running on diesel, this is the glow plug warning light.

Diesel-powered vehicles use compression and temperature to generate combustion in the air/fuel mixture. Glow plugs are used to turn up the heat and the symbol indicates a malfunction plugs or even the computer system that controls them.

Complications with glow plugs can induce early and late combustion, and the symptoms is a rough engine noise and not running smoothly.
These warning symbols are not challenge badges that you collect like when you were a scout. Take these warning lights seriously as you may not know what will happen to your car the next moment if you decide to ignore it. Download the CARPUT app for roadside assist for towing, car battery change, jumpstarts, flat tyre help and emergency petrol delivery.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.
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Your car is a brilliant machine as long as it’s engine is properly tuned, thanks to the brilliance of engineering. Somehow, you can’t damage any part of the engine if it’s at operating temperature, your fuel injection is accurate, and your exhaust system is not stuffed with a banana, or pisang goreng cheese.

The question you should be asking yourselves is this: Why are you idling for a long period of time in the first place?

Charging your phone  

You can’t survive without your phone and you are no where near a power socket. So you keep your car running to get a some battery charged into your phone. It is not very wise to trade precious fuel for some battery life on your phone. The power bank is invented for this purpose but not your car.

Picking up someone who takes forever

Patience is a virtue, they said. But picture this, you are in your car with the engine running while your friend is trying to take the perfect selfie knowing that you are waiting. Turn off the engine when you know that you are going to wait for more than 5 minutes. Why? Because those hydrocarbons coming from your vehicle is not doing mother nature any good.

Warming up

Your car don’t need no pilates every morning before the journey. Warming up the car before driving is so yesterday. In the present day, almost every car comes with fuel injection and on-board computer systems which practically makes the car ready to go in less than 1 minute.
The next time you are idling in the comfort of your car, do Mother Nature a favor and shut it off. Do you believe it is still practical to warm up modern cars before driving? Share this with your friends if you think they should stop being old school.
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