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  1. Today while i was driving my honda stream, i then stop while waiting the green light. as i was abt to move, i then realised thqt my engine had died n the batt n water red light was on. This was the second time happened aft a month ago. Luckily I am able to start it again. My amaron batt is abt 10mths old.My car aldy 5yrs old. May I seek your expert advise on wat had happened? thanks
  2. hi all... all my previous rides even till now... i have always believed in a good oil... i can imagine sludge built up in the engine and i dont want that to happen with a lousy oil used... my last 4 oil services were with OWS NA Racing... i have used before Mobile 1, Shell Helix Ultra, x-REV, spitfire, bizol, KIC oils, liquid moly,idemitsu, Castrol... etc. i have never used mineral or semi-syn oil... always fully syni & I want my car to be fed with oil from at least a company with abit of positive reputation... until lately... i read and found out about many cheap fully syn oils in the supermarkets... so far reviews have been pretty positive... so i thought to myself... OWS NA racing 4liters = $135 (average price) VX Super Syn 5W/40 - 5 liters = $23.80 (promo) schnell is 4 liters german... $29.90 or $39.90 cant remember... c@rlube is 5 liters from UK... ($28.90 with engine flush@Giant) or ($38.90 with oil treatment@carrefour) ($50-$60@autobacs) carrefour also has a full range of the new oil from x-gold or smthing... Giant only 1 from the range but on offer $27 for 5liters basic range one 5W/40. this VX Super Syn is made in SG... i have purchased 1 btl earlier (note this is only at Carrefour Suntec... Plaza Sing dont have) and will change today thursday afternoon... i will just change the oil... no sparkplug change... no cleaning of my air filter, (also no oil filter change cause no tools to take out filter)... thus i can do a proper test with my butt dyno... haha 2.5liters i will need for my sunny... cost=$11.90... for a 5W/40 fully Syn engine oil change... with $135 ... i can change my engine oil 8 times plus 3 oil filters... i hope this oil is really as good as it looks... so far i've heard c@rlube is ok no problems... Schnell is ok and smooth no problems.... and as i am only using it for 5k OR less, i dont forsee problems... i hope. if its ok i might even change every 4k... haha... the thing is nothing beats a 'new engine oil' drive... so if $11.90 is all i need to get it, why not? more clean oil time for my car should be a good thing right? hang on for the results...
  3. ismailmiller

    TRD Engine Air Filter

    Hi, anyone knows where to buy the trd engine air filter? I couldn't find the right one online and the last time I replaced it was at borneo motors trd package.. I heard its reusable since like the quality is way better and it has a metallic mesh to it. Any thoughts?
  4. Last friday had a chance to discuss something about engine oil with someone from a reputable oil company when she came to look for me in regards to other aspect of her life. As below is what she said (Please pardon me if there is any wrong infor) 1) The engine oil brands in the market are priced differently due to level of marketing, types of additives and AMOUNT OF VIRGIN BASE OIL in them. 2) Most of the engine oil contains recycled oil (only to what %) 3) Recycled oil is basically filtered and added with new additives. 4) In Singapore used engine oil is used for both road building materials and reuse in our vehicles. 5) Try to buy oil with higher level of Virgin base oil Just for sharing and infor for self use .
  5. Hi guys, Saw someone posted on fb that it enhance his car mileage just by using these tapes on the engine, any reviews or anyone using it here?? To be installed on: Fuel Line Air Intake Hose Battery Cables Note*: i am not a seller nor a marketing person, just wanna know if this tapes works like it mention as it cost $280
  6. Hi I just change my Amazon battery less than 10 month ago from AA, however, yesterday the batt is weak and I could not start and get AA mechanical to come down and check, he managed to jumpstart and check, his reason was the car electronic fault and not the battery, the car electronic eg: Sound system, light, video camera etc are drawing current from the battery even through the car engine is off. I try to drive the car for at least 30min after he jumpstart to charge the battery. This morning my car could not start again, I am now waiting for AA to come and jumpstart again, Can someone advise , is it possible on what the AA mechanical have claim? Thanks
  7. try to cut long story short- car had coolant leak, and end up is due to a crack in the engine block. however its just out of warranty by 6 mths, though mileage is still well within 100k. As servicing has always been with distributor, they agree to bring this up to the factory for an extension of warranty in order to replace the engine. but factory rejected. While they are still seeking escalation to factory, i counting my ways to seek a legal recourse because. 1. the crack in block is on the lower end, not at the side or anything. hence not due to impact. hence i thought this is something that might have been in the running for a long time. 2. as the servicing has always been done with them, i take it that they owe the responsibility to thoroughly check. even if they were topping up coolant, they should have done more comprehensive tests to confirm what is wrong. (in real life, i know its not done like that. just saying this as a way to defend my case) . for that, they failed. and leading up to the total loss which they are liable for. its a cheap conti car, so i was thinking to just seek up to close to market value (~10k above scrap) which i can then bring to Small Claims Tribunal. (i meant to seek claim on the additional 10k above scrap) any thoughts?
  8. With sub-micron particles continually sucked in through the filter into the engine, would it be advisable to change engine oil and the filter more often?
  9. Mercedes has been coming out with several new variants using smaller (sub 2.0L) engine for its passenger vehicle lineup of late and there seems to be no end to the trend, in view of tighter emissions and fuel economy requirements by EU and other countries. I have to admit that I am surprised when I learnt about the "new" C160 at the beginning of this year and E180 shortly after that, both having a 1.5L inline 4 turbo-charged unit under it hood, producing 129ps / 210Nm and 156ps / 250Nm respectively. And the naive me thought these are the limits. I am wrong, as the CLS260 has just been introduced in China, and spotted the same 1.5L inline 4 unit under the hood, but producing 184ps / 280Nm this time with a help of the mild hybrid setup. Coupled with a 9 speed automatic transmission, it can accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.2 L/100 km (13.89 Km/L), which is decent to say the least, for a car of this size (~5m in length) and weight (~1.8 ton). While the spec look very impressive for this entry variant, but taking into consideration that the selling price is unlikely to be more than $30K different from the CLS350 due to COE, VES and other vehicle taxes, while saving in road tax is "negligible" since the CLS350 is actually powered by a 2.0L turbo engine (instead of 3.0L as many have expected), it is not a good deal after all. What is your take? Will we be seeing a 1.5L S280 soon, or even a GLS300? I sincerely hope it will not happen. BTW, rumor mill is saying that the next C43 AMG and E53 AMG will be using a 2.0L unit... ...
  10. Just curious, if there are some engine oil left-over from a car's servicing, can it be used to top-up a diesel engine ? (e.g. Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40)
  11. hi all, just discovered a grinding noise this evening from e engine bay. when i on the aircon lever to 1 or 2, there is no sound as the fan will not turn. but once i on the a/c, the grinding noise from the fan will come. anyone knows what is the fan for? radiator fan or condenser fan? thanks alot. driving a swift here.
  12. Hi all, anyone experience light clicking or clattering sound in their auto car when during light acceleration? The sound is very much like a manual car accelerating and upshift of gear when the speed for that gear have not been attained.
  13. Hi all, Need your advise on this; I did a servicing recently at a workshop in Ubi area. Decided to check the engine oil about 3-4days later, found that it was dark. Didn't think too much of it until my colleague saw and commented that the color was too dark. Compared his over 10years old car engine oil which was due for servicing, and the colors actually look similar. I contacted the workshop about this, and the boss and worker start telling me that the engine oil color is normal. They specifically say that only a clean/overhaul engine will have clean engine oil... It actually sounds bulls**tty to me, but I need advise on this. You can see the attached image of the engine oil, 4 days after servicing. Is this normal? Should I go and get them to change again? Engine oil is Xado, and I opt for the more expensive oil as it was suppose to be better. Car is Mazda 3 2014, bought in August 2015, last servicing done about 15k before this one. Image of engine oil attached. Note that this is at least after wipe-place in-wipe again checks. Thanks for reading
  14. Gilahonda

    Engine Mod To Save Fuel

    wat with the rising fuel prices, just wonderin wat are the best gadgets the bros here put in the car just to save fuel thus saving $$$$.pls dun say remove spare tyre hor.....
  15. my optra 1.6A is 1.5 years old. I have this problem as mentioned above. any one experiencing the same. Tq
  16. What's the best care or best practice? Do we have to switch off our aircon and media player before turning off engine? Any thoughts and considerations? Will it harm the batteries or fuse and etc... please comment
  17. Porsche 3D Printing Engine Piston Technology 3D printing technology is already used at Porsche in prototype construction, manufacturing spare parts for classic sports cars as well as in other areas. In cooperation with its partners Mahle and Trumpf, the sports car manufacturer is now establishing a new milestone in the use of additive manufacturing processes for highly-stressed drive components – for the first time, the pistons for the high-performance engine of the 911 flagship model, the GT2 RS, are now also being produced with a 3D printer. 3D printing allows the pistons to be manufactured with a structure that is optimised for the loads acting on the pistons. As a result, the pistons from the advance development project weigh ten percent less than the forged series production pistons. They also have an integrated and closed cooling duct in the piston crown that could not have been produced by conventional methods. “Thanks to the new, lighter pistons, we can increase the engine speed, lower the temperature load on the pistons and optimise combustion,” explains Frank Ickinger from the advance drive development department at Porsche. “This makes it possible to get up to 30 hp more power from the 690 hp twin-turbo engine, while at the same time improving efficiency.”
  18. SporeHongkong

    Engine water dry up fast?

    hi all, any idea wats wrong cause i jus filled up engine water into water tank in morning by evening i came back wash car suprised to see almost half of the water gone..there's no leak or nothing but surely something is wrong..any comments? thks alot..
  19. Came across an offer for fully synthetic oil (Shell Helix Ultra) and was tempted to buy a few tubs and keep for future use. Synthetic oil are actually a mixture of oil and other chemicals so will it "disintegrate"and becoming unuseable if stored for a period of time (say 2 yrs)? Didn't notice a "use by" date on the container.
  20. OK, this is not just about any luxury watch, but a rare one which has unique features not found in any similar product. All watch lover / collector / critic, let me have you thought. Jacob & Co. Launch New Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon, Sporting a 16-Cylinder Engine Jacob & Co. have just debuted a new watch that actually adds some horsepower to your wrist. The new Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon features a 16-cylinder “engine” that actually turns, prompting the 16 pistons to move up and down just like an engine. It even has two turbochargers that rest on either side of the engine block spin when the engine is running. The entire movement of this watch consists of 578 components, making it an incredibly complicated watch. Although, you really didn’t need to know that in order to figure out this is a complex piece of art. It actually took Jacob & Co. just about a full year to develop this watch and its complex movement. Check out the video below form Jacob & Co. where you can learn all about the watch. This is a watch that any Bugatti Chiron owner should add to their collection.
  21. Pass time with this stop-motion, self-assembling engine video https://www.amazon.com/RuiyiF-Assembly-Hobbies-Operated-Ornaments/dp/B081ZTKD22/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=v2+engine+model&qid=1585730277&sr=8-2
  22. Giant now selling Mobil 1 5W-30, 10W-30, 0W-40 & 15W-50 for $9.99! Those 946ml bottle. Grab yrs while stock lasts! For those who missed the Shop N Save offer.
  23. Everyone says that the 3-cylinder engine is not good. Why do manufacturers still desperately produce it? Recently, I have seen this china YouTuber giving a very good explanation of why manufacturers are giving a bang on a 3-cylinder engine. The disadvantages of a 3-cylinders engine are like a open secret everyone and even the manufacturer knows it. The main reason most of the car manufacturer still goes ahead and produce 3-cylinder engine have 3 core business benefit. And as what the YouTuber is saying, it is like one stone kill three birds. There might be a little dissatisfaction with the consumers but with extensive marketing of the 3-cylinder engine, consumers will still buy. And so the factor that concluded the resurgence of a 3-cylinder engine is fuel economy, emission reduction & R&D costs. Actually 3-cylinder engine is nothing new to the market. Suzuki has been using a straight 3 engine in 1979 on a Suzuki Alto. And some of the notable mention of a 3-cylinder engine car. Subaru Justy Saab 93 Alfa Romeo 33 All these cars have a glorious history about straight 3 engine. But the 3-cylinder was still eventually gotten abandoned by the manufacturer. Mainly is because of the 3-cylinder engine have this unrefined(wobbly) movement that is very annoying. When the 3-cylinder engine is running, although the internal interaction forces are just balanced, but the torque is unbalanced. This would lead to a 3-cylinder engine undulating wavelike motion on both ends. And like a see-saw, the engine will shake from one end to another. In the early days of the 3-cylinder engine not only it will shake, but the sound frequency of the sway when idling at low speed is also close to the frequency of our brainwaves at around 15Hz. This will cause the idling of the 3-cylinder engine to have a very significant noise that is easily detected by humans. There is a lot of complaints in the past, making the manufacturer had to give up on 3-cylinder engine. But nowadays, one of the reasons why the comeback of the 3-cylinder engine is because every country has a stringent environmental protection law and emission guideline. And every government is asking the manufacturer to reduce the car's fuel consumption. There is a US & Japan automotive masterplan that states by 2020, the average car fuel consumption must be less than 6L / 100KM & 4.9L / 100KM. China also has a rule that stipulates the average car fuel consumption must be less than 5L/100KM. So once again, the manufacturer re-introduces the 3-cylinder engine. There are 3 viable ways the car manufacturer can reduce fuel consumption. Firstly, invent and build an electric vehicle, secondly is to reduce vehicle mass weight and lastly is to reduce the amount of fuel burned per revolution. The car manufacturer is clever, so in the end, they still chose the 3-cylinder engine. Because other solutions have obvious disadvantages to car manufacturers. If you want to build an excellent electric vehicle, you need to pour a lot of R&D and investment to specifically research and develop the vehicle structure. Tesla is the world's most famous electric car manufacturer and they only have 4 - 5 models in total for now. But just 2018 itself, Tesla's R&D has spent $1.46 billion. Volkswagen's R&D spending in 2018 was only 14.7 billion. But, Volkswagen group itself have more than 100 models of vehicle on sale. Averagely each model R&D investment is much lower than Tesla. The traditional car companies want to build electric cars on a larger scale, they need to reinvest in R&D costs. Maybe as much as what Mr. Elon Musk has spent and they must be thinking that if I already have the money inside my pockets, why do I still need to fork out? So if building an electric car is not feasible, how about weight reduction? Reducing vehicle weight is also not a good choice. Here's an example, the average fuel consumption of a passenger car in China in 2018 is 5.8L / 100KM, and from the target of 5.0L / 100KM in 2020, there are a 9% fuel savings to be met. Published bt Southwest Aluminum, Aluminum alloy components promote the modernization of the automotive industry. The research report shows usually every 10% of the vehicle's own weight, there will be an 8% reduction in fuel consumption. Simply says, car companies can achieve fuel consumption goals by 2020 by reducing weight 11.2% of weight for each vehicle. The average passenger car in China weights about 1,456kgs. It is equivalent to averagely per car companies need to reduce 163kgs per vehicle. The data released by Gasgoo.com shows every 1kg of a vehicle weight loss, the production cost per car will increase by 60RMB (SGD $12). To sum it up, there will be an increase in 9784RMB (SGD $1,898) of production costs per car. And just a mathematical analogy, Volkswagen sold 10.83 million cars in 2018. If all these cars, the production cost of each car increased by 9784RMB, just imagine how much Volkswagen has to pay per year? It is a whopping 106 billion of manufacturing costs! This is as good as you go down and just want to have a hair cut, but the barber keeps asking you to sign a $200 membership in order to cut for you. The idea is the same, no one wanna fork out the extra for paying the same stuff you are getting. So on the weight reduction part, this is not the optimal solution for traditional car companies. The last resolution will be a 3-cylinder engine left. So how to control the amount of fuel in the 3-cylinders? A research finding from SAIC-GM Pan-Asia Research Center. If the displacement of a single cylinder is small, then the surface ratio will become a larger increased surface cooling loss. With the same small displacement of a 1.5L engine, efficiency of a 4-cylinder engine is significantly lower than a 3-cylinder engine. In laymen terms, 1.5L of 4-cylinder engine is not as fuel-efficient as the 3-cylinder 1.5L. So car companies want to reduce emissions, right? Then the only solutions are 3-cylinder engine. The modern engine mostly are built with modular technology. This helps to reduce the R&D costs for a 3-cylinder engine. BMW has introduced officially of using modular technology, BMW's new B-Series 3, 4, and 6-cylinder engine more than 60% of parts can be shared and parts are shared between gasoline and diesel engines have also reached 40%. Using a unified architecture when developing the engine, and cut off excess cylinder if needed. They just need to do a simple modification with matching components and they can create a 3-cylinder engine! There is no additional research cost at all! So with one less cylinder, it can help the OEM save a whole set of institutions like pistons, rods, spark plugs and so on. These cost savings are immediate. So the end of the day, the 3-cylinder engine not only meets car companies cost reduction, but it also can meet the fuel consumption set by individual governments, and there isn't an additional investment in R&D. With that, I shall present you with the upcoming 3-cylinder engine from the latest 2019 Thailand international motor expo! Nissan Almera Honda City
  24. Some car workshops use the vacuum method to suck out the engine oil from the dip stick hole. Is this an effective method of removing sludge from the old engine oil? Or is the convenntional method of allowing the engine oil to drip from the undercarriage a more effective method of removing the majority of the old engine oil?
  25. Hi all, Was told by my regular WS after servicing that engine oil started to leak from the engine valve cover & plug seal of my Toyota Axio 1.5L 2007 model. The mechanic showed me the signs which was a streak of oil flowing down and some solid deposits at the valve cover. He quoted about $400 plus including labour for the replacement. Questions: (1) Is the quote reasonable? (2) Any recommended WS if answer to (1) is no? (3) As the lifespan of my Axio is only about a year plus, should I go for re-con parts? Thank you.