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Sticky: Giveaway galore for Car Clinic

What better way than to give away exclusive premiums to our readers by welcoming back with goodies? Although it took us a while to officially go live (it ain’t easy to restrategise and commit to details of what our readers want by recategorising our content!) we are now ready, and as we change our looks, we are also reintroducing ... Read More »

New car gone bad – Will Proton make it good again?

It is always a difficult task, trying to establish the facts of the case. Moreover this one affects a 6 month old car that is still under warranty. Faizul loves driving the car, however there are several issues that has been haunting him, and he did not exactly get a firm and positive response from Proton despite sending in his ... Read More »

Autocare: Warning lights in disarray

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I own a five-year-old Proton Waja which was fitted with ABS. The ABS warning lamp has been illuminating quite often of late, going off after a few seconds each. It is still happening. At times, the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated at the same time. They only went off when I stopped the engine and restarted it again. If ... Read More »

Autocare: Noise from steering column

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I own a reconditioned 2009 Lexus RX (third generation). I am puzzled by the knocking noise from the steering column. The noise only occurs when going through uneven/undulating roads at low speed (ie. vertical movement/vibration). It does not happen when I am turning the steering, including 360-degree turning. One mechanic advised me to change the steering column, which may cost ... Read More »

Wiper module


I have a 1994 BMW 318i (E36) and it is now past 200,000km in total mileage. One of the recurring problems is perhaps to do with the electrics; the wipers seemingly have a mind of their own, continuing on a constant wipe cycle even when the “once only” step is selected. The wipers sometimes stop on their own accord, but ... Read More »

Jerking when warm

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I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy GT (manual) which lately has had some jerkiness on part throttle. However, this only happens when restarting once the vehicle is up to temperature, i.e. after running for some time. Cold starts first thing in the morning pose no such problems. I drive this car daily; what could be the matter? - Brian Cheng ... Read More »

Seeking more SUV comfort

I just bought new Hyundai Santa Fe CRDI 2.2 AWD. Its torque is superb but I’m not sure how to rate its suspension performance. It’s probably due to my nine year ownership of a Toyota Vios compact sedan that I found to be very comfortable. I know it’s not a good comparison but I found the Vios to be very ... Read More »

Fuel governor

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Thanks for the reply on my fuel governor. Apparently, you missed my car model and year. I own a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E. Contrary to your reply, I did not experienced what you have mentioned. I was worried it may damaged my engine over a long period. - TK Tan     Reply: Sorry, the make and model got missed out ... Read More »

Autocare: Kia Forte battery lifespan

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I own a Kia Forte SX and the battery is already 40 months old. My car starts easily and all the electrical equipment is functioning well. My battery is the sealed/dry type. Should I wait until I cannot start the car or is it time to get a new battery now before it dies off suddenly? - WM Lean.   ... Read More »

On the high side


I own a 2008 re-conditioned Audi TT 2.0 turbo and I noticed that the oil consumption is quite high. For every 2,000km mileage, I need to top up around 200-300ml of oil with no leakage found. Is it normal? If not, what are the main causes and what are the rectifications? - Aziz   Reply: Usually when one has high ... Read More »