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Monday, November 08, 2010 10:32 PM

Grease the callipers first

MY Perodua Myvi SE year 2009 model, which is still under warranty, will emit rattling noises from the front wheels whenever I drive on rough roads. 

Monday, November 15, 2010 4:29 PM

Some precautions to take

I HAVE noticed recently in the media there have been many cars, which burst into flames after a crash, resulting in the occupants being burnt to death. Is there any proven safety device which can be installed to make cars less prone to burn in a crash?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010 5:13 AM

Adjust airflow meter screw

I drive a 1989 BMW E30 M40. Lately, when the air-con is on, the engine idling speed drops. Is this normal? If not, can I tune the idling with or without the air-con on? What’s the ideal rpm range for this model?

Monday, November 29, 2010 5:22 PM

Various possible causes of BMW fault

My ride is a BMW E36, 325i, 1994 automatic model, with nearly 197,000km mileage. The car was fine until two weeks ago when it went into limp mode, and the ABS light and gear oil light on the instrument cluster lit up. There was a tremendous loss of power. It could not even climb the ramp in a basement.  After driving it slowly for 25km, there was a strong burning oil smell in the cabin, and in the boot. Does it need a top overhaul or is there an engine and transmission problem?

Monday, December 06, 2010 3:23 PM

Don't rush into adding camber bolts

I RECENTLY drove my six-month old Perodua Myvi to a tyre shop for a simple wheel alignment and was told by the mechanic that the front wheel camber is off and I need to install "camber bolts" on both wheels to correct it. These bolts are quite expensive and I don't want to be cheated as I had been a careful driver all this while and would not have knocked the camber out of specification. Please help. 

Monday, December 13, 2010 9:18 PM

Follow recommended RON

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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:54 AM

Need to describe the noise

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?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 5:28 AM

Signs of water pump damage

My Nissan Sentra 1.6 tends to overheat if it is caught in a jam for more than half an hour. There is also a whining noise in the engine bay as if some bearings are worn out. I suspect I may need to change my water pump. Do you think the pump is the probable cause of overheating?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:28 PM

Time to change

I have a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The gearbox makes a grinding noise when I upshift from 4th to 5th. Is the 2003 350Z’s transmission prone to grinding? 

Monday, January 17, 2011 10:22 AM

Stick to what works

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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:30 AM

Plugs gone afoul

I have a 1997 Citroen Evasion. Of late, the car tends to jerk after the engine has cooled down substantially. I really have to rev it up to pull away smoothly.

Monday, January 31, 2011 6:38 PM

Trouble in the solenoid

When my wife's Perodua Kembara is in fourth gear and the speed is 70kph, the OD (overdrive off) light will start blinking. I have changed the gearbox oil but the symptom still persists.

Monday, February 07, 2011 7:20 PM

Engine leaking oil

About a year ago, the engine oil in my 1999 Toyota Prado would deplete within a month of filling up to the maximum level. I hear this is common for this model. What is the cause and what can I do?

Monday, February 14, 2011 8:55 PM

Adjust the valves

My Iswara Aeroback's engine is rough during idling and makes a rattling noise whenever the car is accelerating. Do the valves need to be adjusted?

Monday, February 21, 2011 5:20 PM

Room for extra cooler but check on warranty issue

I'm concerned about the automatic gearbox of my Proton Exora. In our hot weather, is the factory-fitted ATF cooler sufficient?

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