Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
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?

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Blog, Car Maintenance Tips
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.
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