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how to read tyre sizes

Tyre blowout while driving: This is how you maintain control and avoid crashing

You’re driving on the highway at 90 km/h, listening to your favourite tune and jamming along to the lyrics, when all of a sudden you heard a loud boom coming from the rear. In that split second, you noticed the rear end of your car and steering doesn’t feel quite right, and your natural instinct is to brake amidst the chaos.It that the right action though? In this article, we’re going to take a look on how tyre blowout occurs, and what is the appropriate response that will eith

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 14, 2020

Here’s how to correctly inflate your tyres

Tyre pressure is the easiest yet most neglected car maintenance trick. It requires zero hard work and takes no time at all. You don’t even need to see a mechanic to get your tyres properly inflated.Before you go to a petrol station and start pumping away, firstly you need to identify the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle. Usually, the recommended tyre pressure can be found on the driver side B-pillars or by the fuel lid. Otherwise, refer to the owner’s manual.Some cars which

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 17, 2019

How sneaker makers like Nike can teach tyre companies about influencing its buyers

It is amazing how much time and internet juice is spent trying to explain that tyre choices matter. Not too long ago we made a post about why when it comes to tyres you get what you pay for. And it is good to see that for many of our readers, it isn’t news to them.This time around let’s outline a suggestion that may make people care more about the tyres they buy. And for that, we will use an economic theory known as the Diamond-Water Paradox, or better known as the Paradox of Value.T

Daniel

Daniel

Oct 9, 2020

Here's the top tyre choices for 13- to 17-inches in 2020!

Tyres. It's a longtime topic. Yes, other parts exist, yes they are equally important but tyres are the only parts connecting you to the road.Which is why it's very important to make the right choices, especially in a market that's absolutely flooded with subpar-quality tyres for not much cheaper, really.RecommendationsNot all tyres are equal, so in this guide we'll list five main tyre categories and recommend one tyre for each size. The prices are taken from severa

Sanjay

Sanjay

Sep 19, 2020

Why is my tyre shop trying to sell me nitrogen gas inflation?

You might have come across this scenario while sending your car to your neighbourhood tyre shop – after the job is done, whatever it may be, the tyre shop will try to upsell you nitrogen gas inflation for your tyres. You will mostly be shown some materials or be told that it is better to fill your tyres with pure nitrogen rather than regular air. You will also be told that nitrogen-filled tyres will save you fuel, prolong the lifespan of your tyre, require lesser maintenance, and are

Hans

Hans

Sep 6, 2019

2021 Perodua Ativa: less than RM 3.2k to service over 5-years/100k km!

Malaysians have a lot to say about the 2021 Perodua Ativa following its launch, but theres one more question we know youd like answered: how much does it cost to maintain it over a 5-year/100k km period? Lets dive in.Also read: Launched in Malaysia, the 2021 Perodua Ativa: Priced from RM 62k, 1.0L Turbo, 98 PS/140 NmLess than RM 3.2k to service over 5 years 2021 Perodua Ativa service costs Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM) 1 1,000 - 6 10,000 160.50 12 20,000

Sanjay

Sanjay

Mar 4, 2021

A "cheap tyre” is going to kill you, here is why good tyres costs more

I don’t know about you, but tyres are a fascinating subject to me. I spend hours researching on what sort of tyre should I go for next. Full-on performance rubber? Or maybe I should give my back and ears a break and opt for a more comfortable option.One thing is for sure, I will be splashing my cash for one from a manufacturer of repute. And thankfully I’m not alone on that opinion. The responses from our dear fans and readers on WapCar Forum topic of cheap vs premium tyres were very

Daniel

Daniel

Sep 24, 2020

J.D. Power study: Michelin is best tyre brand of 2021, outranks Pirelli, Goodyear

Customers are very happy when it comes to Michelin tyres, according to J.D. Powers 2021 Original Equipment Tyre Customer Satisfaction Survey.Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on the Honda CivicSo happy, that theyve voted it to be the most satisfactory original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brand in every category, trumping brands like Pirelli and Goodyear.The U.S.-based study is based on responses from 26,131 owners of 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles. Metrics of the study factor in the absence of tyre-rel

Sanjay

Sanjay

Apr 2, 2021

Have you ever wondered what Bibendum on your tyre wall is pointing at?

How do you check your tyre wear? Universally, we are taught to hold a coin within the grove of the tyre to check the depth of the treads.It took quite a bit of digging before I found the Malaysian coin version of the test.If all the alphabets of the words Bank Negara Malaysia on your 10 cent coin is on show when you hold the coin to the tread, it means it’s time to change your tyres.But did you not know that there is an even better fool proof test you can carry out without the use of coins

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 30, 2019

How many PSI / kPa do I have to pump into my tyres?

Checking our tyre pressure is an integral part of owning a car. But sadly not many car owners perform this check as often as they are supposed to.As my colleague, Eric, has highlighted, your tyre pressure easily affects your car's handling, ride and comfort and even your fuel consumption! So now you know the benefits of checking on your tyres constantly and keeping them well filled, but do you know how much air to pump into your tyres?There are two types of units that car manufacturers

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 20, 2019

How not to crash while driving in the rain

Driving in the rain is something that all Malaysians will encounter at some point in their lives. Given our unpredictable weather, wet weather driving takes on significant importance. Yet, many road users do not seem to know what to do when it starts raining. Even worse, they do the wrong things. Again, let’s approach this from a fundamental level. The key is to adopt good habits and discard bad ones when driving in the rain.  Dos 1.) Smoothen your driving input; Your i

Jason

Jason

Jun 8, 2020

Save money and drive safe with these three tyre care tips

They’re the only part connecting you to the road yet so easily forgotten. Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, so take care of them through these three simple steps and they’ll take care of you.1. Don’t forget to inflate!Really. That's all there's to it.It’s a simple tip but one of the most important things you’ll need to know - inflate your tyres! It’s super simple - just know the basics of your tyre size and follow the correct press

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 12, 2020

How to choose the right 12V battery for your car?

If you drive an automatic car, it is impossible to push start the car. Your only option in case of a flat battery is to jump start the car and get a battery replacement ASAP. A weak car battery has obvious tell-tale signs like a slow crank and dim lights.Changing a car battery is a simple task, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s still a high chance of screwing things up.Not the kind of push-start you want. PhotoIf you have absolutely no experience in replacin

Arif

Arif

Oct 9, 2020

What are those hieroglyphs on tyres?

You’ve probably seen it, the numbers and letters etched onto tyre sidewalls. But what do they mean and how does it benefit you to know?Well to answer the first question, it’s the tyre’s measurement and specification. Think of how a tailor measures your size, it's similar for tyres as tyre sizes are rather specific.Let’s use the above's tyre, 255/40 R21 Y XL as example. 255 is the width in millimeters (mm). 40 is the thickness of the side p

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 21, 2019

2020 Proton X50: about RM 4.3k to service over 5 years/100k km, plus other costs

The Proton X50 has set tongues wagging since the first spyshots emerged many moons ago, and with its rather competitive price, people have been clamouring to get their names in the order books. Theres a 6-month waiting list right now.Still, buying a car is more than just affording the instalments, so lets explore the maintenance costs for this new B-segment SUV.Proton X50 roundupThe X50 was launched on 27-October with four variants to choose from. You may have observed that its prices overlap wi

Sanjay

Sanjay

Oct 30, 2020

No matter what you drive, you can #AskForContinental

In our previous article, we shared why many carmakers choose Continental as their Original Manufacturing Equipment (OEM) partner. However, what if your current ride is in need of a new set of tyres? Fret not, there’s a Continental tyre model to suit every need. So, which Continental tyre model should you go for?ComfortContact CC6The Continental ComfortContact CC6 is a comfort-oriented, everyday tyre that is suited to cars like the Perodua Myvi, Toyota Vios, or Honda City. If you’re l

Jason

Jason

Jan 7, 2021

Owner Review: Follow-up story of Proton Waja tyre burst out at 180km/h -Full story

** This article is the personal experience of a 2002 Proton Waja owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Sharviin Sasasey ManigamSince everybody was asking about my busted tyre situation... here you go....a brief explanation about that incident. If you haven't read the previous story, here is the link.Okay before that please bear in mind that all my mechanicals were stock. Brakes, engine, gearbox, no e-manage, no fuel regulators and etc etc....So back then i

Owner Review

Owner Review

Aug 4, 2020

10 tips on how to save money on your car's fuel cost

Apart from insurance and maintenance, another big ticket item that we have to spend on our cars is fuel. Sure, fuel price is at the lowest now due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you are permanently immune from rising fuel cost, or you can't improve things further.As a general rule of thumb, you should always read through your car's owner’s manual and look for the recommended grade of fuel required, as well as recommended driving/maintenance habits. Here

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 22, 2020

When was the last time you checked your tyre pressure?

I know I haven’t checked mine in a while, to be fair. I also can’t remember the last time I pumped air into my tyres, let alone checking the tyre pressure.It wasn’t until my colleague Adrian pointed out that the ride of my car felt odd, and recommended that I checked my tyre pressure just to be sure.I swung by a nearby petrol station to get my tyre pressure checked, and yes, all four of my tyres had really low pressure, one of them as low as 23 PSI. Yup, 23

Eric

Eric

Oct 12, 2019

Do larger wheels and lower profile tyres give better performance?

A common practice for manufacturers when it comes to differentiating their model trim or specification level is to have different wheel sizes. Higher rung models often have larger wheels thus having lower profile tyre, and the general consensus is that larger wheels look better. But are there actual benefits of having larger wheels?First, let’s take a brief through what exactly is the profile of a tyre. It refers to the gap or distance between the edge of the rim and edge of the tyre,

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 13, 2020

Toyo Tires Proxes CR1 launched in Malaysia  – Improved safety and priced from RM 160

Toyo Tires has launched their latest Proxes CR1 passenger car and SUV tyres in Malaysia. The Proxes CR1 models are claimed to have four distinct benefits namely Silent, Safety, High-Grade and Comfort. SilentThe Proxes CR1 produces 11% less road noise compared to its predecessor, the Nano Energy 3. The Poxes CR1 uses noise reducing materials inside the tyre.Pitch noise is dispersed by the silent wall and out-in different pitch arrangement. A noise protection sheet is incorporated within the cons

Arif

Arif

Nov 21, 2020

Run flat tyres, tyre repair kits, or spare tyres. Which is best?

Your car ownership experience isn’t complete without having at least one flat tyre incident. For this, manufacturers have given us full-sized spares, space-savers, run-flat tyres, and even tyre repair kits. What you have in your car has been pre-determined by the manufacturer.The question is, which is the best?The answer depends on the type of driver you are, the type of commute you do, and where you live. Each option offers its own pros and cons.1. Full-sized sparesA full-sized spare

Arif

Arif

Jun 9, 2020

All-new 2020 Honda City (GN-series) - about RM 3.7k to service over 5 years/100k km

Its here - well, at least the S, E and V, pure-petrol variants of the all-new 2020 Honda City for now.The world-premiering RS still has a way to go, and will only be introduced in January 2021.In case you missed it...The new City was launched yesterday, and these are whats different between variants. And heres the pricing for all variants. 2020 Honda City prices Variant Price (RM), no SST Price (RM), with SST S 74,191 76,800 E 81,664 84,800 V 86,561 8

Sanjay

Sanjay

Oct 14, 2020

Honda City RS costs RM 19k more than City 1.5V, but only RM 56 more to maintain over 5 years

The 2021 Honda City RS is here and it costs a whopping RM 19k premium over the City 1.5 V. But if youre still considering getting the City RS, you can check out our handy trade-in tool below to see how much it would cost to own the self-proclaimed torque king.Trade in Users Car FormThe biggest question is, is maintaining the City RS equally as expensive?How much does it cost to maintain the Honda City RS? 2021 Honda City RS service costs Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM) 1 1,00

Eric

Eric

Mar 24, 2021

Are bigger wheels good for your car? Or just all show but no go?

A simple way to give your car a fresh look is to fit it with a set of new wheels. It is the easiest form of “modification” and window shopping the right fit for your car can be fun. While the design/pattern of the wheel is subject to individual taste, one common “upgrade” is to go for wheels with a bigger diameter.Perodua Myvi GTBigger wheels are aesthetically pleasing and give the car a more athletic look. Even manufacturers seem to agree to this and fit bigger wheels on

Arif

Arif

Dec 17, 2020

Driving your car less this MCO? Here's how to keep it running smoothly.

Photo credit: avalonking.comJust like that, we are 2 weeks into MCO 2.0. This most likely means that most of us are working from home, which then means our cars arent driven much. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to keep your car in tip top condition despite it being underdriven. Here are some pointers that might be useful to keep in mind in this second MCO season. Dont park under treesPhoto credit: avalonking.comYou might think that parking your car under trees is a good idea, sin

Jason

Jason

Feb 14, 2021

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV now available in Malaysia, from RM700

Ultra-high performance (UHP) tyres for SUVs Up to 13,000 km more mileage than competitors 39 sizes for 17- to 23-inchesSports Utility Vehicle (SUV) is a one size fit all solution for buyers looking for a practical vehicle and its increased ground clearance is especially practical for Malaysian roads. However, with the rapid growth for demands in SUVs also given rise to sporty and performance-oriented SUVs, some packing more grunt than conventional supercars.For owners looking for a set of suita

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Aug 14, 2019

Unpopular opinion: Carmakers don't care about your comfort anymore

There has been a trend I have been observing for the past decade or so in the automotive industry. Almost every car that leaves the factory gates, is equipped with wheels that are one size too big. Why is that?Does a Honda HR-V really need 18-inch wheels?The cynic in me would simply say that this trend is just carmakers finding more ways to lighten your pockets by charging an exorbitant amount for wheels and tyres. Audi will even mandate 22-inch wheels if you option carbon-ceramic brakes with th

Jason

Jason

Jan 13, 2021

Changing your car's colour? Read this JPJ guide first

No matter the reason, repainting your car to a new colour is something we have to declare to the Road Transport Department (JPJ). So, what are the procedures to do so? JPJ released a convenient guide on their Facebook page to inform us what are the steps we have to take when changing our car colour. (function(d, s, id) { let js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src =https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&

Jerrica

Jerrica

Mar 23, 2021

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander: roughly RM 4.2k to service over 5 years/100k km, plus other costs

The 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander has made quite a name for itself in Malaysia: its competitively priced and very practical as well.Beyond monthly instalments, lets take a look at how much you should expect to pay to maintain Mitsubishis rally-bred SUV (read this to know why its not an MPV) over 5 years/100k km.Mitsubishi Xpander roundupPriced at RM 91,369 (excluding SST, valid until 31-Dec 2020), the Xpander goes up against the Honda BR-V and Perodua Aruz/Toyota Rush twins.After 31-December, the Xpan

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 23, 2020