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spare tyre

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

Here's why having a spare wheel won't do you much good

An increasingly prevalent practice for carmakers nowadays is to sell buyers a car that comes without a spare wheel (wheel, in this context is tyre + rim). In its place could be run flat tyres, a tyre pressure monitor system, or a more agricultural solution like a tyre repair kit.Image creditMany buyers are up in arms because of this, grumbling that carmakers are shortchanging them, or putting more expensive solutions in place. But lets dig deeper and ask ourselves, is this a valid argument? Do y

Jason

Jason

Mar 3, 2021

Does the Perodua Ativa (D55L) come with a spare wheel?

Although spare wheels are no longer offered in many premium cars (replaced with either run-flat tyres or tyre repair kits), spare wheels are still important for consumers shopping at the lower-end of the price spectrum.This widely circulated photo is not of the Perodua AtivaPrior to the Perodua Ativa’s (D55L) local launch, many Facebook users were saying that the Perodua Ativa doesn’t come with a spare wheel. This is not true. All variants of the Perodua Ativa come with a spare wheel

Hans

Hans

Mar 3, 2021

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

Counterfeit vs original spare parts: How to tell?

On the surface, the air filter and spark plug you bought from your neighbourhood spare parts shop look just like the original item, except that you’ve paid just a fraction of the price you would have otherwise paid at an authorised service centre.But little do you know, the spare parts you just bought are in fact counterfeit items, not original as what the shop owner told you.Counterfeit spare parts have been floating around in the market for the longest time, but how do you identify which

Eric

Eric

May 4, 2020

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

Kenapa kadangkala ada tayar ‘spare’ pun tak guna? Ini sebabnya.

Satu langkah yang semakin lazim diambil oleh pembuat kereta masa kini ialah menjual kereta lengkap dengan tayar ganti atau ‘spare tyre’ dengan rim sekali.Kadangkala kalau tak ada tayar ganti, pembeli akan dapat tayar ‘run flat’, sistem pemantauan tekanan angin tayar, ataupun solusi lebih DIY seperti kit pembaikan tayar.Kredit gambarRamai pembeli yang tak puas hati jika kereta tidak didatangkan dengan tayar ganti dan menganggap pengeluar kereta lokek atau memberikan solusi

Mersita

Mersita

Mar 28, 2021

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

Proton acknowledges spare parts shortage problem, reaches out to customers in need

Like any organization experiencing rapid growth and change, there will be growing pains. Proton is experiencing this first hand, not just with supply issues of the very high in demand Proton X50, but also shortage in spare parts supply for its service centres.To Proton’s credit, the company has taken a very brave move to publically acknowledge the shortcomings in its after-sales services.At today’s announcement of Proton’s February 2021 sales performance, Proton said it recorde

Hans

Hans

Mar 2, 2021

Should you get your tyres plugged or patched?

No matter how advanced your car is, a tyre puncture is an occurrence you’ll have to endure every once in a while. Even if you have run flat tyres, a puncture still needs to be fixed. While massive punctures are usually unfixable, the common puncture is usually caused by a single nail or screw.A screw in a tyreIn the case of a puncture, you should get it fixed immediately, either by changing to a spare wheel, limping to the nearest tyre shop to get it fixed, or just doing it yourself. There

Arif

Arif

Jul 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarawak state government has added 5% state sales tax on tyres

While most of us are still bracing ourselves for the eventual increase in prices of cars - June 2020 for imported (CBU) cars and January 2021 for locally-assembled (CKD) cars - WapCar.my has just learned that the Sarawak state government has already imposed an additional state sales tax on tyres since 1-January 2020.A memo sighted by WapCar.my, issued by Sarawak’s Jabatan Perbendaharaan Negeri dated 30-January 2020, stated that the new state sales for imported tyres was not only effective

Hans

Hans

Feb 28, 2020

All-new 2020 Nissan Almera – 8 Features we get that Thailand doesn’t

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), the official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, has given selected members of the media a preview of the upcoming all-new 2020 Nissan Almera.This comes roughly a week after Honda Malaysia previewed the equally-new Honda City RS i-MMD.After spending some time checking the all-new Nissan Almera out, here are the eight features we get that Thailand doesn’t get. Keep in mind that the reason why Thailand misses out on these features is due to we

Eric

Eric

Sep 4, 2020

Owner Review: Tyre blown out at 180km/h - Near-miss experience in my Proton Waja

** This article is the personal experience of a 2002 Proton Waja owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Sharviin Sasasey Manigam↓↓↓ Press Here To Share Your Story ↓↓↓It all started when my dad drove home a 2nd-hand bought 2002 Proton Waja. It was bought in 2005, and was in Artic Blue (still maintaining the same colour).... At first, I was excited because it was a Waja man.... And straight away I sat in the Waja and starte

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 30, 2020

25 years of the Honda CR-V - All you need for a family car

Currently in its fifth generation, the Honda CR-V is a spacious family car that is popular among Malaysians. Offered in both 2WD and 4WD, the former is preferred by many, since it mainly sees urban use.The urban SUV body style is so popular to the extent that even brands like Porsche and Lamborghini have at least one in their line-up.Being one of the early adopters and perhaps even pioneering the urban SUV body-style, the Honda CR-V deserves some recognition. But how did it all start? Well, we&r

Arif

Arif

Dec 19, 2020

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

2021 Perodua Ativa gets a different tailgate from Japan's Rocky/Raize, why?

The 2021 Perodua Ativa is here and it gets a number of features unique for the Malaysian market.The Rocky/Raizes unpainted tailgateOne such feature is its steel tailgate, different from the Japanese-market Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky donor cars, which get a tailgate made out of PPGF (glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene).Also Read: Launched in Malaysia, the 2021 Perodua Ativa: Priced from RM 62k, 1.0L Turbo, 98 PS/140 NmNote the painted steel tailgateThe main reason why Perodua went with a c

Eric

Eric

Mar 3, 2021

Tayar pancit: Patutkah anda tampal atau sumbat?

Tak kira betapa canggihnya kereta anda, tayar pancit atau bocor adalah salah satu daripada masalah yang akan anda hadapi. Walaupun kereta anda menggunakan tayar 'run flat', lubang tersebut masih perlu dibaiki. Kalau bocor atau koyak besar sangat, memang tak boleh nak buat apa selain tukar tayar baru. Tapi, tayar yang pancit selalunya disebabkan oleh paku atau skru.Skru dalam tayarJika anda dapati tayar kereta dah pancit, anda disarankan untuk cepat-cepat baikinya – samada pandu ke

Mersita

Mersita

Jul 28, 2020

All-new 2020 Nissan Almera detailed in Malaysia: 1.0L turbo and ADAS on all variants!

The wait is over - Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has released the specifications for the all-new 2020 Nissan Almera, and all you need to know about it is right here!Powertrain and handlingThree variants will be available off the bat - VL, VLP, VLT - and all will be powered by a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged engine paired to a CVT, good for 100 PS and 152 Nm.Nissan claims that their new B-segment sedan fighter can return a fuel efficiency figure of 5.4-litres/100 km and in turn, travel u

Sanjay

Sanjay

Sep 4, 2020

Owner Review: My dream car is a Hyundai - My story of my Hyundai Elantra

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Hyundai Elantra owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Vijay SaravanenI always loved the sleekly, sexy, and sporty design of Hyundai Elantras I see on the road. I told myself my next car change would be a Hyundai Elantra. I was already driving the Hyundai Accent 1.5 (Aeroback) 2007 Model. Over the years, I have owned Proton Saga 1.3 (Aeroback), Proton Wira 1.5 (Sedan), Proton Satria1.3, Exora 1.6(MPV), a

Owner Review

Owner Review

Sep 7, 2020

2020 Toyota Corolla Cross debuts, coming to Malaysia – 1.8L Hybrid, full ADAS

The first-ever Toyota Corolla Cross has made its global debut in Thailand. All preliminary speculations of Toyota’s latest C-segment SUV have all turned out to be correct, except for its price. More on that later.Toyota has confirmed that the Corolla Cross is built on the Toyota Corolla Altis’ (and C-HR’s) TNGA-C platform, but with a different rear suspension. While the Corolla Altis/C-HR uses a more complex double wishbone setup for superior ride and handling, the Corolla Cros

Hans

Hans

Jul 9, 2020

6 little things we like about our Ativa – long term review #7

As we drive our Ativa for more than two weeks, the excitement of owning a brand-new car has worn out. We’ve started to see more Ativas on the road too, and Cik Tiva doesn’t attract as much attention as she used to in the first few days.Worn out excitement aside, there are some little plus points that we find worth highlighting, in case the thought of buying an Ativa ever crossed your mind.The subject matter of its decent powertrain and suspension have been discussed multiple times, s

Arif

Arif

Apr 10, 2021

First week with the Perodua Ativa - Something is rattling

It has been one week since we collected our Perodua Ativa and we have managed to cover more than 1,000 km on the odometer. We’ve been really good boys & girls during the first 1,000 km, following the instructions in the owner’s manual on the run-in (or break-in) period.Run-in period is overThe schedule has been busy for all of us at WapCar, and not everyone has managed to have a go with “Cik Tiva”. Those who have, however, seem very delighted and impressed.Cik Tiva ha

Arif

Arif

Mar 27, 2021

We’ve bought a Perodua Ativa for a long-term review and tear down!

So, we’ve bought a Perodua Ativa for a long-term review. Having booked the car in January 2021 (way before the virtual launch), we’re one of the early customers to receive the car.All along, weve been pestering the showroom to expedite the delivery, and were very happy that its finally here. Pearl Delima Red - looked darker in the brochureWhat did we order?We’ve opted for the AV variant with a two-tone paint job, featuring the “Pearl Delima Red” body colour and blac

Arif

Arif

Mar 19, 2021