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Balancing and alignment, do you really need it?

Whenever you install a fresh set of tyres, your tyre shop operator will most definitely perform wheel balancing and alignment. Of course, it always comes at an extra cost. Your question would be, is it necessary to do balancing and alignment? Or is it just a gimmick for your tyre shop operator to make a quick buck? Before you make a conclusion, let’s first understand what is balancing and alignment. You know how your tyre operator puts your wheel onto a machine and stick some weights onto your r

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Sep 27, 2019

'Balancing’ dan ‘alignment’ tayar - adakah anda betul-betul perlukannya?

Apabila anda memasang tayar atau rim baru, mekanik selalunya akan mencadangkan balancing (penyeimbangan) dan alignment (penjajaran) untuk tayar kereta anda. Ada yang kata alignment tayar itu wajib dibuat, ada pula yang kata ia bukan satu kepentingan. Dalam entri kali ini, kami ingin kupas tentang maksud alignment tayar dan balancing tayar serta perkara-perkara yang anda perlu tahu tentang servis ini. Antara persoalan yang kerap ditanya pemilik kereta ialah adakah balancing dan alignment tayar be


Jul 12, 2020

Owner Review: First time owning a German machine - My BMW 318i

** This article is the personal experience of a 2018 BMW 318i owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Fazrul Aziz I bought this BMW 318i LCI recently from my sister as she bought a new Toyota Alphard. The mileage clocks at 25k only! Even though she sold it to me at the market’s price, the conditions & maintenance is top-notch. Also, the car is still under BMW warranty programme and free scheduled service for the next 3 years. How everything started Back in my university days,

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Aug 22, 2020

This new machine fixes a pothole in just 8 minutes! Perfect solution for Malaysia?

A new machine by JCB is claimed to be capable of reducing the time to repair a typical pothole down to just 8 minutes. Aptly named the JCB Pothole Pro, it promises to do so with minimal labour too. It sounds like an interesting solution to the many potholes we have in Malaysia. The machine is a tractor that is capable of three things: Cutting Cropping Cleaning Manual labour is still required since it does not do the job of topping the pothole. Even so, it greatly reduces the overall time require


Jan 21, 2021

BEVs with high battery capacity are not as environmentally friendly as you think says Mazda

In today’s trend of tightening emission regulations which require carmakers to lower their average fleet CO2 emissions, the easiest way to bring down that average is through zero-emission vehicles such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV). It’s easier to get consumers to switch to PHEVs because it’s still a familiar machine to them as the main source of propulsion is still from an internal combustion engine (ICE). BEVs, on the other hand, are a little tri

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Nov 1, 2019

Wheel alignment - what is camber, caster and toe?

Wheel alignment, also known as tyre alignment can help your tyres function properly, achieve even wear on all four tyres, plusing making them last longer. It’s an elaborate process and each car manufacturer has their own designated alignment angles. Maintaining the correct wheel alignment is crucial to avoid your vehicle from pulling in one direction or vibrating strangely on the road. The basics of wheel alignment is made up of three basic adjustments – camber, caster, and toe. Each has a speci

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May 29, 2020

BMW X5 Crash on NKVE: From driving machine to flying machine

By now you've would've seen the video of an accident involving a BMW X5 on the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE). In the dashcam video, you can clearly see from the driver's point-of-view, that traffic ahead was braking - easily 200 metres ahead - due to an earlier accident. There were also blue warning lights from a Police patrol bike on the left and a man furiously waving his flashlight on the right. As far as warning signs go, there was ample warning. Still, the driver of the BMW X5 manage


Jun 16, 2020

Mythbusters: Rear-wheel drive cars don't understeer

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) motoring brings with it an untold amount of joy. They’re inherently well balanced, steering feel doesn’t get corrupted, and best of all, you can oversteer to your heart’s content. You hear driving ‘purists’ rave on and on about the benefits and satisfaction a rear-wheel drive car can give you. However, I have had such ‘purists’ tell me before, the reason why they like RWD cars is because “they don’t understeer.” Now, this is patently untrue. Cars of any drivetrain layout c


Jun 25, 2020

"Kenapa tayar kereta boleh meletup?" Ini sebabnya

Melebihi had laju Terlebih tekanan angin Tarikh sudah luput Roda yang tidak seimbang Pernah tak anda terfikir kenapa tayar kereta boleh meletup? Kalau berlaku waktu pandu perlahan, boleh tahan lagi. Kalau berlaku waktu tengah laju, boleh hilang kawalan dibuatnya. Untuk anda yang belum tahu, setiap tayar ada had yang tersendiri. Antaranya seperti had laju, had tekanan angin, had penggunaan sebelum tarikh luput, dan had untuk menampung roda yang tidak seimbang. Oleh itu, mari kita kupaskan satu pe


Jan 16, 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. Prior 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. Full sized ones too, not those skinny 60 – 80 km/h speed limit sp


Mar 3, 2021

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. Many buyers are up in arms because of this, grumbling that carmakers are shortchanging them, or putting more expensive solutions in place. But let's dig deeper and ask ourselves, is this a valid argument? Do you really


Mar 3, 2021

The first-ever steering wheel was invented by Mercedes-Benz for racing

The very first automobile in the world made by Carl Benz in 1886 didn’t even have a steering wheel, it was just a lever. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later the steering wheel came about. So let’s rewind and take a step back into the history of steering wheels in Mercedes-Benz, before it was even named as such. In 1886, the aforementioned first car in the world was only equipped with a simple steering lever because at the time, carriage drivers were used to pulling right or left to direct the


May 11, 2020

MINI renames the ‘Corona Spoke’ wheel for electric MINI SE

The MINI SE features a wheel design named the ‘Corona Spoke’, which wasn’t an issue when it was coined. Now though, the term ‘corona’ has a stigma to it due to obvious reasons. So, MINI has decided to rename it to ‘Power Spoke’. And quite aptly so, as the wheel does resemble our power socket, which is also the one used in the UK. With MINI being a British brand, well, it just clicks. A MINI spokesperson told CarBuzz, “This was done to ensure Mini remains sensitive to all those experiencing the w


Apr 24, 2020

Why is my ABS warning light on? And what is a wheel speed sensor?

One of the warning lights in your car is the ABS warning light. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, and it ensures you have complete control of your car in emergency braking situations. What does a glowing ABS warning light mean? Unless you see leaking brake fluid, the most common reason for the ABS warning light is a faulty wheel speed sensor. In fact, some car brands have this as a recurring problem. There are other reasons for failed ABS systems too, albeit less prevalent. Some refer to


Feb 21, 2021

Hyundai MR23T test mule spotted, a mid-engine rear-wheel drive hatch?!

There’s a mysterious Hyundai MR23T spotted being ferried around in South Korea and reports claim that this is the test mule for Hyundai’s next mid-engine rear-wheel drive mega hatchback! These pictures were uploaded to Korean car website, Bobaedream. From the pictures, we can see a Hyundai Veloster that’s been heavily souped-up with flared wheel arches and aggressive bumpers. What’s interesting is the ‘MR23T’ text plastered on the side and rear of the car. ‘MR’ is often understood as the short f

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Apr 2, 2020

Volvo’s latest 3S centre is run by Sime Darby Swedish Auto in Ara Damansara

Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) and its latest dealer partner, Sime Darby Swedish Auto has just officiated their latest Volvo 3S Centre in Sime Darby Motors City in Ara Damansara. The new 4-storey facility has a built-up area of 50,742 sqft encompassing a showroom on G floor, 8 repair and service bays on 2nd & 3rd floor and a wheel alignment and balancing zone on the 4th floor. Dealer principal of Sime Darby Swedish Auto, Mr Jeremy Cheong said that their new 3S centre is able to service up to 396 Volvo

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Feb 20, 2020

Toyota Malaysia introduces unique Toyota Service Savers package

Regular service is part and parcel of car ownership, UMW Toyota (UMWT) aims to make servicing Toyota cars easier with the introduction of the Toyota Service Savers package. Toyota Service Savers (TSS) is a maintenance package that new Toyota owners can opt to purchase when they collect their new cars. UMWT has also made the package part of the Toyota EZ Beli Plan as an option. The TSS package covers all costs of the service in advance for the first 5 years from the time of purchase. This means a


Aug 4, 2020

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift showcases newer ADAS, steering wheel, and MBUX

Back in March, we reported news of the new 2020 facelift Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While it was more than just a facelift with a newer M254 engine, that wasn’t the only new technology on Mercedes-Benz’s popular executive car. Underneath all that fresh and sleek design is an improved ADAS system. Standard across all E-Class is the Active Brake Assist, which is Mercedes-Benz’s name for its autonomous braking system (AEB). Another feature is the Active Speed Limit Assist which allows the car to drive

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Aug 11, 2020

This Tesla Model 3's steering wheel fell off completely when the owner was still driving!

Complains about sketchy panel gaps, paint issues, misaligned trim pieces, and poor lighting fitments have become common place when it comes to a Tesla vehicle. But the latest complain about a Tesla steering wheel falling off (while driving, no less) takes the cake! A Tesla Model 3 owner in Blackpool, UK, tweeted about how his steering wheel have completely fallen off the drive column of his car. The owner was reportedly reversing into his driveway after returning from a 32 km journey when it hap


May 13, 2020

Owner Review: Is it a good decision? - My story of owning and fixing a 1997 BMW 728i

** This article is the personal experience of a 1997 BMW E38 728i owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Joseph Lau The BMW E38 728i is the 5th car that I have purchased with my wife; with the 1st being a: Perodua Myvi 2009 1.3A (Sold), 2nd: Proton Inspira 2.0E (Sold), 3rd: Toyota Vellfire ANH20 2009 (In current ownership), 4th: Honda HR-V (in current ownership). Ever since the bond movie, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ & the Transporter, the BMW E38 7-Series had then been

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Jul 18, 2020

What do you get when purchasing Mercedes Original Tyres?

Choosing a set of new tyres can be a daunting task to many and understandably so. There are just too many options, both good and bad, out there. For experienced users, you may know how to read your tyre size(s), prefer certain tyre brand and pattern. But there are so much more than just picking the correct size from a reputable brand and slap it onto your car. Details such as installation techniques, balancing requirements, and alignment settings all affects the cars handling performance, comfor

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Mar 3, 2021

Audi A6 driver fell asleep at the wheel before the car plunged into river

This morning a team of 18 officials from the Seremban Fire and Rescue Department were called to Sungai Linggi, Seremban after witnesses spotted a car in the water. After conducting a brief investigation, Seremban Fire and Rescue Department Commander Mohammad Idris reported that though the engine of the Audi A6 was still on, the driver had managed to escape the car before it plunged into the river. Officials were able to track down the driver after the car was found and discovered that the victim


Sep 15, 2020

New Volvo Car 3S centre in Ara Damansara is the first air-conditioned workshop in Malaysia

Sime Darby Swedish Auto Sdn Bhd, which was appointed Volvo Car Malaysia’s dealer-partner in October last year, today unveiled its new Volvo 3S (Sales, Service & Spare Parts) Centre in Ara Damansara. The four-story facility is part of the Sime Darby Motors City in Ara Damansara. The 3S Centre was built in adherence to Volvo Car’s retail standard – the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE). It is the first 3S Centre to be equipped with a VR Studio (Virtual Reality Studio) and a RATC Bay (Reception at The


Jan 13, 2020

Mazda files patent for a capacitor-based, in-wheel motor hybrid AWD, possibly rotary

More news that Mazda’s signature rotary engine is making a return. Previously, it was speculated that Mazda’s upcoming SkyActiv-R rotary engine will return only as a small capacity range extender engine, used to charge a series hybrid’s or an electric vehicle’s battery. The idea of a rotary engine being the primary source of motion in a car today is pretty much out of the question because the inherent nature of rotary engine means that it will not pass today’s exhaust emissions regulation. Or so


Apr 17, 2020

Dot kuning dan merah pada tayar baru anda - apa fungsinya?

Tayar baru sememangnya menerujakan ramai pemilik kereta. Ia diibarat seperti memiliki kasut yang baru kerana tapaknya masih “bergetah”. Tidak kisah jenis apa sekalipun, tayar baru adalah antara perkara yang menarik untuk dilihat kerana ia bakal menghubungkan kereta dengan permukaan jalan supaya anda boleh bergerak. Tetapi pernah tak anda perasan dot warna kuning dan merah pada tayar baru? Apakah fungsinya? Adakah ia di situ sahaja-sahaja? Dikenali sebagai dot pengimbang, syarikat pengeluar menan


Jan 21, 2021

New 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS gets a new steering wheel, adds MBUX

Starting April 2021, the Mercedes-Benz CLS gets an update to bring it in line with the rest of its siblings. Updates extend to the exterior, and also interior to enhance its looks and give it more dynamism. Safety and convenience technology are also ramped up in this update. Outside, the most obvious change is the front bumper that has more striking air intakes and a sportier physog. The AMG Line exterior looks especially menacing with its sporty-yet-classy trim around the front intakes and radi


Apr 8, 2021

The Singapore-assembled Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be rear-wheel drive, and this is a sneak peek

The Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) revealed today its first dedicated E-GMP architecture for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Short for Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the BEV-only platform will provide the basis for the next generation Hyundai and Kia BEV models. The first E-GMP-based model to be launched will be the Ioniq 5, due in Korea in 2021. The Ioniq has since been pulled out of the company’s namesake Hyundai brand, and will exist as a standalone brand, just like its upscale Genesi


Dec 2, 2020

Frankfurt 2019: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS is an all-wheel drive BEV luxury sports sedan

Future of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship electric-powered sedan Not necessarily the next generation S-Class All-wheel drive, 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 475 PS, 760 Nm The latest in Mercedes-Benz’s series of Vision concept cars, the EQS points towards the future of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship sedans. As with all Mercedes-Benz models with EQ designation, the EQS is a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Despite the EQS name, the concept car may or may not preview the next S-Class. Remember that the EQC has no r


Sep 11, 2019

TIL: Some autopay machines only accept certain RM 1 notes

Have you ever wondered why some parking autopay machines just refuse to accept your money? We used to assume it was because the notes too crumpled and folded hence why the machine can’t process the note. But what about the times when you feed a crispy brand-new note in and yet the machine still spits it out? According to a viral tweet, some vending machines and autopay machines only accept RM 1 notes that bears the signature of former Bank Negara governor Dr Zeti Aziz. Instead, it will deem the


Jul 21, 2020

Penjajaran roda (wheel alignment) – apakah itu camber, caster dan toe?

Penjajaran roda (wheel/tyre alignment) dapat membantu tayar anda berfungsi dengan sepatutnya, memastikan keempat-empat tayar haus dengan sekata, dan menjadikannya ia tahan lebih lama. Ini adalah proses yang rumit dan setiap pengeluar kereta mempunyai sudut penjajaran mereka sendiri. Menjaga jajaran roda adalah penting bagi mengelakkan kenderaan anda menarik ke satu arah atau bergetar dengan pelik di jalanraya. Asas-asas penjajaran roda terdiri dari tiga benda asas iaitu camber, caster, dan toe.

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Jul 5, 2020