Vehicle Trouble Q&A

Q. My car wouldn't start. I can hear the engine turning over, but it doesn't fire up. Can this be a battery problem?

A. Usually when an engine turns over at a normal speed, it is not a battery problem. There are many other factors to consider other than battery.

Q. At petrol stations, there are different petrol grades (i.e. 91, 95, 98 RON). Which one should I be using?

A. Depending on the vehicle. You have to use the appropriate petrol grade, usually this information is found on the petrol flap of your car. But as a rule of thumb, the higher grade the better.

Q. On my lube service sticker, it says a date and kilometer due, if I haven't reached the kilometers but reached the date, do I have to do service?

A. Whichever comes first is the time to service your vehicle. The reason is the action of stopping/starting engine and short distance travel are considered to be severly hard on a vehicle. Hence even if your vehicle hasn't been driven for as many kilometers as suggested, service needs to be undertaken once the due date's reached.

Plus Tip ) How to winterise your car through a regular service
  1. Improve the performance through checking the battery and charging system.
  2. Clean and flush the cooling system and add new antifreeze into it.
  3. Ensure the heater system, window defroster and windshield wipers work well and are in good shape. You don’t want to be a tank commander with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen.
  4. Check the tyres tread and pressure to ensure you can have safe drive in winter.
  5. Check the oil and oil filters readiness for winter, the dirty and thick oil avoids your engine from starting in cold weather.
  6. Make sure the lights are working, especially the front and rear light