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It just take a tiny hole to cause a flat tyre and it will be one of the most stressful situation when you drive. It can be quite scary too to be stranded along the side of a busy highway.

Don’t panic. Here are some tips and guides to follow in the unfortunate puncture.

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When you noticed your car’s tyre is punctured:

1. Pull Over at A Safe Location Do not abruptly stop on the road. Pull over to the roadside or somewhere empty and away from the traffic. Caution: Don’t change your flat tyre on the highway! Get help from roadside assistance provided by the highway company.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
3. Leave your gear at Park (P). Pull your handbrake.
4. Grab the jack, tools and spare tyre from your boot. 


5. If you have more than one tyre that is punctured, your only option is to tow it to the nearest workshop.
*It is highly recommended that you check your owner’s manual to ensure a safe process of changing your flat tyre.
**Not all spare tyres operate the same way. Some newer car models come with a space saver wheels.

Steps to change your flat tyre:

1. Loosen the lug nuts slightly Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench in an anti-clockwise direction.
TIP: If the nuts are too tight, use your foot/ your body weight to push the wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts completely at this time.

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2. Place the jack under your car Check your owner’s manual for the recommended spot to place the jack to safely lift your car and avoid damages. change flat tyre, place jack
3. Raise your car Caution: Never put any part of your body underneath the car during/ after jacking up your car to prevent injuries. change flat tyre jack up car

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4. Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tyre You can now unscrew the lug nuts completely. Make sure you place them somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them. Remove the flat tyre by pulling it towards you and set it on its side.

5. Put on the spare tyre Put on the spare tyre and the lug nuts. With your hand, tighten the lug nuts clockwise as tightly as possible and then tighten with the wrench to secure the spare tyre.

6. Lower your car
Bring your car to the ground and remove the jack. Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.

7. Keep all your tools and the flat tyre. Drive to the nearest tyre shop. You should get the flat tyre fixed as soon as you can because the spare is just for temporary use only.
Make sure to always check your spare tyre. You don’t want your spare tyre to be deflated when you need it most. Be safe on the road!
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We all can agree that windshield wipers aren’t the most attractive part of a car. But it’s undeniable that our wipers plays a crucial role to keep our windscreen clear for safe driving.

The Malaysian weather can be pretty harsh and unpredictable. So it’s understandable that we want the best possible wipers.

Shopping for good wiper blades today is more than just walking into a shop a grab one. Unlike before, wiper blades now come in different materials and style to suit your preference but which one is better?

Here are some quick comparison between silicone and rubber windshield wipers.

Durability

There are no windshield wipers that could last a lifetime. If there are any windshield wipers that requires no replacement, no retailers would want to sell them anyway.

Silicone windshield wipers out-performs rubber ones when it comes to durability. If you are looking for wiper blades that will withstand the hot weather, silicone is the way to go. Organic rubber will harden quickly when exposed to heat and become ineffective.

Pro Tip: When your car is parked, lift the wipers up to prevent it from deforming by heat.


Cost

When silicone windshield wipers were first introduced to the market, the price as compared to rubber wipers is relatively higher. That is not the case today because you can easily find silicone windshield wipers from as low as RM30 onward depending on your car model.

You can buy a set of rubber windshield wipers around RM20 but to replace them more frequently means that you are spending more money in the long run. You do the math.

Pro Tip: If you find a pair of wipers that work perfectly on your windshield, grab a few extra sets.

Performance

As the silicone windshield wipers slide across, a layer of hydrophobic coat is left behind. That layer is actually a thin layer of silicone which causes rainwater to bead up and occasionally bounce off.

When water doesn’t stick on the windshield, you don’t have to use the wipers that frequently and still get safe visibility. Rubber wiper blades are usually coated with graphite but leave no protective layer behind whatsoever.

Pro Tip: Lifespan of a windshield wiper is around 6-8 months, get it replaced for best performance.

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Noise

You will notice that rubber windshield wipers will screech because of the graphite coating, especially when it’s drizzling. Rainwater acts like a lubricant for rubber windshield wipers.

Silicone windshield wipers are generally softer in nature as compared to the rubber ones. Being soft, it will tend to skip when there’s not enough water. However, after a few wipes it will operate quietly due to the silicone layer it leaves behind.

Pro Tip: Be careful of coating products that you use on the windshield as it will affect the behaviour of the wipers.

After all that has been said, do understand that windshield wipers whether it’s rubber or silicone behave differently on every windshield. The best windshield wiper is the one that is efficient for your car’s windshield.

Keep your windshields as clean as possible from contaminants will improve your wipers’ efficiency and lifespan. Windshield wipers are meant to remove water but not bird poo.
Do you have a go-to brand when it comes to windshield wipers and which one do you currently use; rubber or silicone?

Share this with your friends if you think they need some tips to shop for a windshield wipers!
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The petrol budget takes up a huge portion of an average Malaysian driver. Your constant struggle to free up your cash for other things does not get any easier with the unpredictable petrol prices.

Have you ever thought that changing your driving habits for the better could actually help you save on petrol bills?

Check out these 7 tips to help you lower down your fuel consumption.

Tips to save petrol

1. Slow down

Dropping from 110 km/h to 90 km/h could save you up to 25% in fuel. If you are one smaller roads, slowing down from 80 km/h to 60 km/h could save another 10%. Get your tortoise mode on!

2. Accelerate Smoothly

Travelling at constant speed (follow the speed limit) will go a long way to help reduce your petrol bill. Overtaking is unavoidable, but it’s silly to accelerate past a car just to be in front of it at the traffic lights . If you are a patient driver, you will have lower fuel bills. Agree?

3. Reduce Unnecessary Weight

Check your load often as you might not know how much weight you’ve accumulated in your car. Clear up your boot and don’t drive around stuff you don’t need. Just like a human body, your car consumes more fuel to transport more weight.

4. Avoid The Rush Hour

This is pretty evident. More time spent on traffic, your car burns more fuel. Plan your journey will help you avoid being stuck in traffic. Check your Waze for unusual traffic jams or accidents before making your journey.

5. Stay Aerodynamic

Wind drag is one of the worst enemy of fuel economy. By rolling your windows down, you instantly increase wind drag by allowing the wind to flow into the cabin instead of over the body of the car.

6. Sensible Driving

To accelerate and then braking hard at speed bumps is uneconomical for your fuel consumption. Anticipate the traffic in front of you especially when driving in heavy traffic. The less frequent you have to brake and accelerate, the less fuel you’ll use.

7. Car Maintenance

Look after your car and it will reward you handsomely with lower fuel bills. Make sure your car is operating smoothly and burning fuel efficiently. Fuel economy starts with good wheel alignment, properly inflated tyres, clean filters and an efficient spark plug.
CARPUT is a mobile app for trusted roadside breakdown assistance provider for car battery delivery, car towing, flat tyre rescue and emergency fuel top-up. Download the CARPUT app and stay up-to-date with the latest Malaysia fuel prices.

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You have probably been told a million times to check your car’s condition. But let’s be honest, it’s more fun to stalk and check on our friends on Facebook than to check on your car regularly.

The machine that gets from point A to point B is engineered to be safe and more importantly arriving in 1 piece. It’s important to take good care of your car to keep it running at optimal condition.

These maintenance issues are simple but can result in major accident and injuries.

1. Tyres

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The tyres are the only thing between you and the road so it is crucial that you keep them in good condition at all times. The level of inflation plays an important part in fuel efficiency and safety.

It’s not just the tyre pressure that matters, the traction on your tyres depend very much on its tread. Keep a tab on the tread depth and sidewalls of your car’s tyres for signs of wear.

Take extra attention to any bulges or unusual lumps. No, those are not cancer but it is as deadly that could cause a blowout on the road.

2. Engine Oil

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Your car can’t operate without the correct oil level. You can easily check the oil level yourself with the dipstick, it’s there for a reason. You can easily find the dipstick as it usually has a bright coloured handle.

As you pull out the dipstick for the first time, wipe it thoroughly with a clean cloth or tissue. Dip it back in, and it should show you the correct level the second time you take it out.

If you usually park at the same spot daily, check for oil spots. It is an indication of an emerging problem. If there is a leak, check the oil level immediately and top up if necessary. You should also get the leak fixed as soon as possible.

3. Coolant Level

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Coolant makes sure that your car doesn’t overheat. Most cars today are fitted with an expansion tank (shown in above pic). Check that the coolant level is at or slightly above the ‘minimum’ mark when the engine is cold.

At operating temperature, the coolant level should be somewhere between the half and ‘maximum marks. Besides the tank, you should check the coolant level at the radiator when the engine is cold, it should be full. Simply top up the coolant with a mixture clean water if necessary.

4. Lights – All of Em’

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All the exterior lights play an important role whether for better vision or as a warning indicator. To have any of the lights not functioning properly is dangerous.

These lights are crucial to let other vehicles know where you are going, or about to go and preventing accidents. Be sure to check your headlights, turn signals, reverse lights and of course brake lights on a regular basis.

It is easy to catch a non-functional headlight, but you might need some help to check the brake lights. The trick is to check the brake lights and signal lights in the garage by checking their reflection against the walls.

5. Windscreen Wipers and Washers

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You probably don’t use the windshield wipers often, but in rainy seasons they are your sole path-finder.

The heat in Malaysia causes the wipers to wear quickly and when you need to use it, it just makes the vision even worse. Replace the windshield wipers if needed as they are not expensive.

Also, check the plastic reservoir for the washer fluid under the hood. Fill the bottle with clean water and a special windscreen detergent.

6. Battery

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You might not be able to check the battery in terms of performance. But you can do a visual check on the battery terminals for corrosion, usually on the negative terminal. You can use a battery contact protector, comes in a spray form to prevent build up.

Another thing you can spot is bloating. Bloating is dangerous as the battery will explode if left unattended and cause some serious damage. If you think it’s time to change your car battery, contact your car battery specialist for a replacement.

7. Spare Tyre

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The spare tyre is the most forgotten piece of the car. Make sure it is inflated all the time because you won’t know when you’ll need to use it.
***No time to check your car by yourself? Leave it to CARPUT! All our technicians are trained to give the best customer service. You just need to ask and they will give you a free car check.

The CARPUT app enables you to access reliable roadside assistance for car battery, towing, flat tyre and emergency fuel delivery at your fingertips.
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You’re driving down the Federal Highway, praying to get out of the traffic jam soon, and suddenly, your car sputters and just, dies.

Nightmare? Yes. Dangerous? Definitely.

We don’t want you to be the topic of tomorrow’s newspaper’s headline so here’s a quick guide to the TOP 3 REASONS why your vehicle will carmikaze on you while driving, and how to prevent it from happening.

Reason 1: A Faulty Battery

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A bad or faulty battery is one of the most common reasons. 

You think ‘ah, my battery’s gone dead’ when your car doesn’t start. But a faulty battery is like Loki, it tricks you into thinking all is ok because you’re driving like normal, but your car will run the risk of stalling.

When the battery isn’t doing its job, the alternator works harder to keep your electronics (including your engine system) running. An overworked alternator causes even more stress on the car engine and before you know it, boom. Your car stalls.

A car battery normally lasts you a good 1.5 to 2 years, longer for higher-end batteries. If you feel that it’s time to get your car battery replaced, check with these guys so that you have peace of mind the next time you are on the road.


Reason 2: A Faulty Alternator

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Know what the alternator does? When your engine is running, the alternator charges the battery and supplies additional electric power for the vehicle’s electrical systems.

 It’s common to misunderstand that changing to a new battery will get the problem solved.  A brand new battery will go dead quickly without proper charge from the alternator. The alternator and battery run hand-in-hand to keep your car going.

When your alternator is sending out an S.O.S, you’ll notice the red battery light flicking on next to your dashboard meter. When you see this, stop somewhere safe immediately and call your trusted auto assist company to get it towed to safety.

Reason 3: Failing Fuel Pump

If your fuel pump gives up on you, you will not be able to restart your engine. Be careful what fuel you feed your car. More often than not, a simple mistake of pumping petrol into diesel cars, or pumping diesel into petrol cars is enough to screw things up.

The way you maintain your car also plays an important role to prevent unwanted car failures. Take note of that slight buzzing sound when you first start your car. If you don’t hear it and you can’t start your car, it’s likely that you have a malfunctioning fuel pump.

Again, your best bet is to get your car towed to the nearest workshop to get it checked out.


The battery, alternator and fuel pump aren’t the only culprits when your car dies off you while driving. We’ve come across many cases that are due to the ignition system, a defective speed system, an overheated engine, a bad MAP sensor (that thingy that reads the air and fuel ratio).. but if this happens to you, have a look at these top three reasons before moving on to the rest.

As always, you can always give us a call so we can give you free on the phone diagnosis if this happens to you.

Download the CARPUT app today to access roadside assist with ease for a car battery change, jumpstarts, towing, flat tyre help and emergency petrol delivery. The next time your car breaks down, you know who to call for reliable roadside assist!
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过年啦!你今年也打算开长途车回乡团员吗?为了你在路上的安全,这些关于汽车轮胎的知识你一定要知道!

我的轮胎要打多少风?

维持适当的胎压可以帮助延长轮胎寿命,确保行驶安全和保持最佳燃油里程。大马通用的胎压单位为PSI或者kPA。每个车型的标准胎压都不一样。开车的朋友们必须知道适合你车子的胎压,并养成定期检查的习惯(两周一次)。

轮胎打风3个简单步骤:

1 – 找出适合你的车型的胎压 air-pressure-door-jamb 你可以在车门旁找到厂家建议的前轮和后轮的胎压。(现在才知道的朋友请举手。)

2 – 到加油站使用轮胎打气 DSC03725 大马的加油站的轮胎打气泵都很容易使用。你可以用轮胎打气泵来检查胎压也可以用来打气。多数的轮胎打气泵都提供单位换算图表。不管是PSI或者kPA,你只要根据厂家的建议即可,使用哪种单位都是一样的气压。利用加(+)或减(-)的按钮来调整你想要的胎压。

3 – 开始打风很多没有经验的朋友一听到充气时所发出的噪音都会被吓到,但千万不要害怕!这个时候应该按紧充气杆,不然不止没有为轮胎充气,反而会“放气”。当你听到哔哔哔的声音就表示你的轮胎充好气了。最后不要忘了把充气塞锁回去。

重点:如何从轮胎表面看出胎压是否合适

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轮胎外侧磨损:胎压过低 (Under inflation) 如果你发现轮胎外侧磨损,那就表示你的胎压过低。有时候你会感觉车子特别的重?那是因为轮胎气压过低。在这样的状态下行驶会导致滚动阻力增加,油耗升高!如果你不定时检查胎压,你的轮胎会在你不经意的时候漏气导致胎压过低。
错误观念为了增加平稳,故意维持低于标准胎压。

轮胎中心过度磨损:胎压过高 (Over inflation) 如果轮胎中心比两侧更加磨损,那很有可能你的胎压过高。胎压过高的轮胎与路面的接地面积变小,轮胎抓力减少,这样会大大的影响行驶安全和轮胎寿命!减震能力和舒适性也会减低!
错误观念把轮胎打满一点可以帮助提升加速度。

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– 在早上或者轮胎冷却的时候检查胎压。 – 如果运载重物或多人,检车车主手册弄清楚载重时所需的气压 你还在等什么呢?赶快在过年前检查你的轮胎! 还有记得把这个资讯分享到Facebook与亲朋戚友分享吧!
CARPUT提供快捷与可靠的道路救援服务(电箱充电/更换,备胎更换,拖车,汽油递送)。服务地区为巴生谷一带。现在就下载CARPUT app以防万一!
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When an unattended car leaves your battery dead.

Ever wonder why your car is unable to start after left unused for merely a week or two? Car batteries like any of your regular phone battery loses it’s charge over time even when you don’t use it. Electricity is produced as electrons flow from the lead oxide anode to the metallic lead cathode, through a solution of sulfuric acid (Science, yo!). That reaction is ongoing, but at a slower rate, when the battery isn’t being used. That explains why batteries loses their charges as they sit. If the battery is connected to your car, it drains even faster. Why so? Your car has an alarm system, on-board computers and memories for seat positions and radio and climate control settings. You might ask how long will it take to drain. That depends on several factors; age of the battery, the climate and how often you drive. Here are three ways to keep your battery charged.

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1. Start The Car Regularly

Arrange for someone to start the car every week and take it for a spin for about 30 minutes. Driving a good distance (about 20-30KM) not only gives the battery a proper charge but it also keeps the engine and other components properly lubricated. Pros: Your car will have a consistent upkeep and your friends or family will get to borrow your ride. Everyone’s happy! Cons: If it’s a luxury car, then you would have to be open-minded that your friend will take good care of her. car-battery-11

2. Detach the negative cable

Don’t have friends or family members who are available to start the car? Here’s the low-tech solution. Disconnecting the negative cable will stop the rapid drainage by the car’s electrical system. You’ll likely to lose the stereo presets, time and other settings. Hence, this method is not advisable for higher-end cars with plenty of power-hungry gadgets and computers. Pros: You don’t have to spend a single cent. Just make sure that the terminals are clean before attaching the cable back. Cons: If your battery is fairly old, it might discharge quite quickly even with this method. 81gc6b3m2jl

3. Install a trickle charger

We all would want to keep those settings and ensure that the battery starts the moment we return. Invest in a trickle charge, also known as a smart charger. Unlike the conventional charger, which can eventually overcharge a battery, a trickle charger only delivers as much power as your battery needs. It will turn off current when it’s fully charged. Pros: They can stay in the car all year round. Practically you just plug it in the car and forget about it. Cons: If you are staying in a condominium or other high-rise, you might not have regular access to an power outlet.
The hot weather here means that car battery in Malaysia might not last longer than other countries. Take some precautions if you’re travelling away, and if you need a car battery service in Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya, just call us at 1800-1800-10 or request for a service at thebatteryshop.my
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