A reader of this column recently wrote to say he disagreed that there would better mileage and performance from using a higher RON petrol for a car whose manufacturer recommends a lower RON. TOC weighs in again on the RON95/RON97 issue.
The steering wheel of my Toyota Camry vibrates every time I brake at high speeds. This only happens when I brake at high speeds.
I drive an Isuzu Citation, which sometimes produces a slight squeaking sound, but only briefly when I brake. The mechanic did not find anything wrong with the brake pads.
My 2004 Citroen Picasso is behaving like an asthmatic periodically. The engine timing becomes inconsistent at idle and it stalls at times.
My 2004 BMW E46 3 Series has 48,000km on the clock. When cold-started, the noise from the engine compartment is quite loud for about two to three minutes before it quiets down. Is this normal or should I be worried?
My Nissan Navara was working normally until last month when it started to shake from 60kph to 100kph. It stops only upon slowing the truck down.
I'm currently driving my father's 1976 Toyota Corolla KE50. To prevent knocking, the car had been using RON97 for years. As the price of RON97 is high now, and nothing says I can't use RON95, I'm planning to downgrade. Is it safe to do so?
I have recently noticed that my 2002 1.5 Proton Wira Aeroback 'jumps' around on uneven roads. When going on highways, the car sways at times. I don't feel safe driving it now.
I am driving a three-year-old Proton Saga BLM. Is there any tangible benefit if I change the engine oil from the standard 20W-50W oil to a fully synthetic oil? My car mileage is going to hit 50,000km.
A faint clinking sound is coming from the engine of my four-year-old Smart Forfour when the car touches 70kph. The sound will become audible again whenever the accelerator is pressed beyond that speed.
The engine and body of my 2003 Toyota Unser vibrates when the car is slowing down before stopping.But it drives normally in all other cases.
I own a four-year-old Honda Stream 1.8. It recently stalled when I slowed down in response to traffic or when going up a
steep car park ramp at 10-20kph.
My 1996 Toyota Camry 2.2 is guzzling fuel and there is a vibration when the car is going at more than 100kph.
The anti-skid and brake indicators in my car would come on when the car is used after it is up to normal operating temperature.
I have changed the absorbers and the spring set on my old car but the bumping sound when going over road humps persists.
The modern car is one of the most sophisticated machines ever created. Dozens of control systems and computer processors work together to ensure it works seamlessly and effectively day in and day out.
But machines do break down occasionally. The technical team of The Otomotif College (TOC) is here to offer advice and help troubleshoot car problems
The team of seven trainers, led by Allan Cabiles (pic), has collectively 30 years of experience in a wide range of car makes. The TOC Team prides itself on keeping pace with the ever-evolving automotive industry. Its trainers undergo training sessions with a network of 800 industry partners across the country.
With such an extensive body of knowledge, think of the TOC Team as your go-to automotive experts.
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