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  1. Hello MCF forumers! Be the starter of a popular thread and stand to win petrol/shopping vouchers worth $150 in total! The ‘Thread of the Month’ is the one that receives the most praises in the particular month. Each month, three lucky thread starters will be picked from the ‘Hot Threads’ section of the MCF forum. Points to note: Threads that is started only that particular month will be counted. Topic of the thread is not restricted to cars only (i.e. can be related to food, lifestyle, etc,). Please post on the correct folder & check before you start any new thread. Duplicated and similar threads will be removed. COE Bidding Thread is excluded effectively from March 2017 Calculation of praise points will be based on the first post of the thread Thread that has won in the previous months will be excluded from the winning selection Contest winner will be announced in this thread and will be contacted through PM Prizes (Petrol/Shopping vouchers) – First prize: $100 voucher; Second prize: $50 voucher; Third prize: $20 voucher Internal moderators (eg, Babyblade, KobayashiGT, Jerminator) are not allowed to participate to the contest. If internal moderators post is part of the top three winner, their post will be disregard thus the winners position will be move up one place. To see the standing of the "Hot Threads of the Month" you may check out the homepage! Start putting on your thinking cap now!
  2. Nostalgia

    The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

    Worrying signs. Article first linked from Jalopnik http://www.driving.co.uk/car-reviews/first-drive-review-2016-alfa-romeo-giulia-2/?CMP=Spklr-_-Editorial-_-FBPAGE-_-SundayTimesDriving-_-20160516-_-Driving-_-470274143-_-Imageandlink&linkId=24540857 However, in other areas, Alfa Romeo seems like a stuck record, its needle unable to play past a reputation for poor quality. One Giulia was wheeled off like an A&E casualty after the infotainment system failed. Another I drove had an engine warning light screaming for attention from the instrument binnacle, and the cruise control refused to switch on. A third car tested suffered a frozen infotainment system, which could only be brought back to life by stopping the car and switching the ignition off and back on, and at times some air vents stopped blowing air whilst others continued. One colleague suffered jammed parking sensors, so they drove around with the car going “beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep”.
  3. Saw this article in the ST and it kinda resonated with me on how my life thus far has gone by considering the challenges and what I live to appreciate. Amidst the chaos of life, we tend to forget that we are mortal and our time here is finite. A good reminder that our time is ticking and as we think and reflect of what is to come, we can be more fulfilled and HAPPY. Peace and to a better 2016 amidst the gloom now! To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death Arthur C. Brooks JAN. 9, 2016 WANT a better 2016? Try thinking more about your impending demise. Years ago on a visit to Thailand, I was surprised to learn that Buddhist monks often contemplate the photos of corpses in various stages of decay. The Buddha himself recommended corpse meditation. “This body, too,” students were taught to say about their own bodies, “such is its nature, such is its future, such its unavoidable fate.” Paradoxically, this meditation on death is intended as a key to better living. It makes disciples aware of the transitory nature of their own physical lives and stimulates a realignment between momentary desires and existential goals. In other words, it makes one ask, “Am I making the right use of my scarce and precious life?” In fact, most people suffer grave misalignment. In a 2004 article in the journal Science, a team of scholars, including the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, surveyed a group of women to compare how much satisfaction they derived from their daily activities. Among voluntary activities, we might expect that choices would roughly align with satisfaction. Not so. The women reported deriving more satisfaction from prayer, worship and meditation than from watching television. Yet the average respondent spent more than five times as long watching TV as engaging in spiritual activities. If anything, this study understates the misalignment problem. The American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, in 2014, the average American adult spent four times longer watching television than “socializing and communicating,” and 20 times longer on TV than on “religious and spiritual activities.” The survey did not ask about hours surfing the web, but we can imagine a similar disparity. This misalignment leads to ennui and regret. I’m reminded of a friend who was hopelessly addicted to British crossword puzzles (the ones with clues that seem inscrutable to Americans, such as, “The portly gentleman ate his cat, backwards”). A harmless pastime, right? My friend didn’t think so — he was so racked with guilt after wasting hours that he consulted a psychotherapist about how to quit. (The advice: Schedule a reasonable amount of time for crosswords and stop feeling guilty.) While few people share my friend’s interest, many share his anxiety. Millions have resolved to waste less time in 2016 and have already failed. I imagine some readers of this article are filled with self-loathing because they just wasted 10 minutes on a listicle titled “Celebrities With Terrible Skin.” Some might say that this reveals our true preferences for TV and clickbait over loved ones and God. But I believe it is an error in decision making. Our days tend to be an exercise in distraction. We think about the past and future more than the present; we are mentally in one place and physically in another. Without consciousness, we mindlessly blow the present moment on low-value activities. The secret is not simply a resolution to stop wasting time, however. It is to find a systematic way to raise the scarcity of time to our consciousness. Even if contemplating a corpse is a bit too much, you can still practice some of the Buddha’s wisdom resolving to live as if 2016 were your last year. Then remorselessly root out activities, small and large, that don’t pass the “last-year test.” There are many creative ways to practice this test. For example, if you plan a summer vacation, consider what would you do for a week or two if this were your last opportunity. With whom would you reconnect and spend some time? Would you settle your soul on a silent retreat, or instead spend the time drunk in Cancún, Mexico? If this year were your last, would you spend the next hour mindlessly checking your social media, or would you read something that uplifts you instead? Would you compose a snarky comment on this article, or use the time to call a friend to see how she is doing? Hey, I’m not judging here. Some might think that the last-year test is impractical. As an acquaintance of mine joked, “If I had one year to live, I’d run up my credit cards.” In truth, he probably wouldn’t. In a new paper in the science journal PLOS One, two psychologists looked at the present value of money when people contemplated death. One might assume that when reminded of death, people would greatly value current spending over future spending. But that’s not how it turned out. Considering death actually made respondentsless likely to want to blow money now than other scenarios did. Will cultivating awareness of the scarcity of your time make you grim and serious? Not at all. In fact, there is some evidence that contemplating death makes you funnier. Two scholars in 2013 published an academic paperdetailing research in which they subliminally primed people to think about either death or pain, and then asked them to caption cartoons. Outside raters found the death-primed participants’ captions to be funnier. There’s still time to rethink your resolutions. Forget losing weight and saving money. Those are New Year’s resolutions for amateurs. This year, improve your alignment, and maybe get funnier in the process: Be fully alive now by meditating on your demise. Happy 2016!
  4. Can you jump start a car with an EV? While it’s possible to jump start a car using an electric vehicle, it’s highly recommended that you don’t. Electric cars feature two batteries: a large lithium-ion unit for the electric motors and a 12-volt battery for the accessories. This second battery is similar to the lead-acid battery found in petrol and diesel cars and it ensures the main lithium-ion battery can be charged. However, the 12-volt battery in an electric car lacks the punch required to crank an internal combustion engine and you risk damaging it if you attempt to jump start another vehicle. The RAC is pretty conclusive on the matter, urging motorists to “avoid using a hybrid electric car [for jump starting] as this could cause damage”. Similarly, many manufacturers advise EV owners against jump starting conventional vehicles. In the handbook for the electric Leaf, Nissan states that it “cannot be used as a booster vehicle because it cannot supply enough power to start a [petrol] engine”. However, it does go on to say that a conventional engine “can be used to jump start [the] Leaf’s 12-volt battery”. ‘Risk of damage’ In the handbook for the Renault Zoe, you’ll find the following warning: “Do not use your electric vehicle to restart the 12-volt battery in another vehicle. The 12-volt electric power of an electric vehicle is not enough to perform such an operation. Risk of damage to vehicle.” This could extend to unnecessary stress on the 12-volt battery, damage to the DC-to-DC converter, and confusion of the software that monitors the battery. The internet is awash with examples of EV owners jump starting conventional cars, and some owners might risk it in an emergency, but it’s not recommended. While it’s far from conclusive, a section in the handbook for the Tesla Model S suggests you might invalidate your warranty by jump starting another vehicle. It states: “Do not use the battery as a stationary power source. Doing so voids the warranty.” However, there is some good news. Other electric vehicles can be jump-started – you just need to locate the battery. Also, you can indirectly charge a conventional car by using a charger that’s charged using the EV’s 12-volt DC outlet. There are plenty of options available online. The post Can you jump start a car with an EV? appeared first on Motoring Research.
  5. I have changed my AGM battery after 2.5years, 70Ah Varta once Now the start/stop function fail again after 2 years, I thought AGM batteries can last longer than conventional type Does it mean now my battery is weak again presumably that's the cause for the start/stop failure recently? Ride : W205 C200 year 2014
  6. Ronnieseah

    Lancer starting problem

    got a 2005 lancer 1.6A. having problem starting, sometime need to crank very long for it to start. mechanic suspect wiring problem but cant solve. anyone encounter this before?
  7. The E6 has an open market value of about $48,000 - in the ballpark of a BMW 5-series. The car would be close to $200,000 with COE. That is after a tier-2 carbon rebate of $15,000. But even if the E6 were to qualify for the tier-1 rebate of $30,000, it would still be priced nearly as much as a Toyota Fortuner, a huge seven-seater SUV. http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/motoring/chinese-electric-car-to-be-on-sale-here Will u buy??
  8. Win total 8 pairs of ticket (worth $320) to BMW World - Of Passion and Joy by starting a new thread about BMW in MyCarForum! Contest mechanism: Start a new thread in MyCarForum about BMW. Contest period: 1-15 August 2018 Please post on the correct folder (any car-related folders) & check before you start any new thread Members may post more than 1 thread. However, only 1 thread will be qualified to participate in the contest. Duplicated and similar threads will be removed Internal moderators will choose the contest winners. 1st winner will get 2 pairs of tickets. 6 winners will win 1 pair of ticket each. Contest winners will be announced in this thread and will be contacted through PM on 16 August 2018 Contest winners are not allowed to choose the tickets' dates More about BMW World - Of Passion and Joy This event will take up two halls (halls 403 and 404) at the Suntec Convention Centre and is set to open on the 25th and 26th August, from 10 AM to 10 PM. BMW World will also serve as a place for the introduction of a number of BMW’s latest offerings to the Singapore market, as well as concept and showcase vehicles. Visitors to BMW World can expect to see the following models: BMW i8 Roadster BMW X4 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer BMW M2 Competition BMW 8 Series Designer Mini by Paul Smith BMW Concept X7 iPerformance Terms & Conditions Winners need to be above 18 or accompanied by an adult. Singaporean, Singaporean PR or have a valid Singaporean ID to claim the prizes. Only 1 valid Singapore ID per every pair of tickets claimed. No purchase required to participate in this contest. Collection of tickets are to be made on 16th and 17th August from 10am – 5pm at sgCarMart’s premises (61 Ubi Ave 2, Automobile Megamart #07-05/06, Singapore 408898). Any prizes left unclaimed will be forfeited after 17th August 2018. Collection of tickets will only be allowed with the presentation of a valid ID and email stating that the person has won. sgCarMart's decision is final and no query, challenge or appeal may be made or entertained regarding the decision. Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash and may be subject to availability. sgCarMart will not replace any prizes if winners are unable to attend the event. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute a release and discharge of SgCarMart by each winner from any and all liabilities, claims, and/or damages which the winner may have arising out of or relating to: (i) the campaign, (ii) personal injury and/or property damage, theft or loss suffered by the winner as a result of the use and/or enjoyment of the prize. sgCarMart reserves the right, at any time, to modify, alter, withdraw or update its Contest Terms of Participation without prior notice. By participating in this contest, you are allowing SGCM Pte Ltd and their affiliated companies access to any information that you provide, so as to notify you about any updates about this contest or any promotional content that may be of interest to you.
  9. Lai Liao https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/teachers-schools-and-jcs-pay-parking-soon I wonder why the govt has to take away this privilege for their own staff. Schools are not public carparks where the general public can park.. like MOE HQ. Why charge then?
  10. Subaru87

    Auto Remote Engine Start

    anybody know where to install Auto Remote Engine Start device cheap and good service?
  11. A question on current state of stop-start systems. How do they work? Am I correct to assume that when the engine is turned off by the system during say a traffic light stop, the ecu is smart enough to : 1.) Stop the crank in such a position that one (assume 4 cyl engine) cylinder is at the end of the compression stroke, start of combustion stroke. When engine needs to start; 2.) For port injected, the air-fuel mixture is in there, ignite spark plug for that cylinder, engine turns over. 2a.) For DI, inject fuel, ignite spark plug, engine turns over. The starter motor is not required right? No traditional cranking, just use a spark to set it off?
  12. Are they the same? Same effect on starter motor? Something that I have been wondering about.
  13. Hi Im a new user on My car forum. I have already registerd and valify my account but for some reason i am not permitted to start a new tread on the general discussion page. Can anyone telll me why?
  14. Anyone installed the above? hows the review? am thinking of getting both as i am lazy to look for keys.
  15. Targets:- kopitiam, food courts, hawker centers, shopping centers, etc. after so many campaigns, and collecting fees, have you come across any clean ones? A few hawker centers have "relatively" clean ones, eg serangoon gdn new food centre, thiong bahru HC, but any more? Maybe also tells us which ones to avoid? I remember pub toilets in even Taipei, no need to say Japan, are cleaner.... Same crowded city, same Asian users, but the conditions in these toilets are cleaner than ours. They can aim better, and their wee wee less smelly? Most smelly+dirty toilets:- 1 2 3 Most clean toilets:- 1 2 3
  16. Was troubleshooting a car for online test and it was supposed to be an EGR only fault. However after replacing EGR it was unable to start. I checked battery, had it jumpstarted in case of low voltage, checked fuel pump,ignition coil, almost every part of the engine. Spark plug was clean and there was no function to test if it was okay or dtc like engine misfire. All was ok. But car still unable to start. So i failed. Only when time elapsed and teacher finish the test did i see spark plug fouled. Which was kinda strange as there was no dtc relating to cylinder misfire Can't be so fast fouled up? Really sian especially as it was just an EGR fault and i replaced the correct component but i missed out on something important.
  17. So will they start to u turn again when fewer hotels want to collect this money for them? So all I have to do is get my Malaysia counterparts or someone local to book and check in for me, and there i dont have to pay what tax liao. And then suddenly, more locals are staying in their own hotels, and visitors start to stay on the street. Silly. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/5000-malaysian-hotels-start-imposing-tourism-tax KUALA LUMPUR • •Some 5,000 hotels around Malaysia have started implementing a new tourism tax for foreign visitors. Foreign tourists are charged a flat rate of RM10 (S$3.20) per night per room, while Malaysians and permanent residents are exempted. "We will impose a RM10 flat rate from five-star to zero-star hotels for foreign tourists, and Malaysians will be exempted from the tax across all classifications of hotels," Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz told Parliament last week, as quoted by The Star newspaper.He said his ministry had estimated that the government would be able to collect RM210 million a year, based on an average occupancy rate of 60 per cent of the 237,391 rooms currently registered with the government. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inboxSIGN UP The plan to introduce the tourism tax had been controversial, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, which were worried fewer tourists would visit the two East Malaysian states. The government had initially planned to charge between RM2 and RM20 per night, depending on the type of accommodation. Malaysian Association of Hotels president Sam Cheah Swee Hee said hotel operators started charging the tourism tax on Friday. "Not all hotel operators are ready. We will do it manually until the system is ready," he said. He added that hoteliers would submit their tax collection to the Customs and Excise Department by next month. The department is taking a "friendly approach" to encourage hotels and lodging operators to register for the tourism tax, said its director-general, Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy. "We will not be harsh as the announcement of the tax came a little late," he added. The government announced early last month that the tourism tax was to be enforced from Friday. Mr Subromaniam said the department would try to contact hotel operators that have not registered, rather than chase them to quickly do so. The number of registered accommodation providers so far is 5,000, out of the estimated 10,000 establishments nationwide. "We are giving hotel operators another month. We expect all to register with us by the end of September," he added. Bernama news agency reported that hoteliers must display the newly introduced tax rate separately from the room rates. Malaysian Association of Hotels (Sarawak Chapter) honorary secretary-general John Teo Peng Yew said hotel and resort operators need to adhere to the new ruling, following a recent meeting with the Finance Ministry and the Customs and Excise Department.
  18. My stock battery died finally.. after 3 yrs ++..i was so lucky , at least , that it happened at a Shell petrol kiosk. Checked with the shell autoserve .. quoted my $180++ for amaron battery.. told me that is the mkt rate etcc.. i remembered reading some where. it probably cost around $150..i suspected they must have took advantage of my situation and quoted me a sky high price .... I rejected them and requested they jump start my car.. guess wat.. i was told they charge a flat rate of $15 and that is non negotiable.. no way i am going to give .. what the hell, $15 just for a 1 minute job and they were like giving me this heck care attitude.. I politely rejected them and went out to the petrol pumps asking for help .. and thank goodness.. a fellow motorist driving a white Toyota Wish gave me a helping hand..... ( Thank you to this gentleman who helped me on saturday morning at Shell 722 Upper Bukit Timah). I then headed to Filtec at Defu lane for a Hyundai Enercell battery which only cost me $80.25.. just want to have a show of hands.. how many of you would pay for the $15 to jump start ur car in this situation..
  19. It's been 2 weeks, noise gar gar.....coming from below. First though it was coming from that lousy tyres installed 4mths ago. Then slowly realised once 4th gear kicked-in the noise started to roar until the car slowed till 2nd gear speed then will the noise stopped. And btw its an old AWD 4 speed AT car. Checked GB fuild and it's full n clear in color, did an AT flush this Feb, for now only can't check the rear diff gear oil lvl. Going w/s tomolo, but if its the rear diff dry up, will the noise start in 4th gear? This stupid noise is like the gear grinding each other non-stop. Anyone experience this issue before?
  20. wah lau eh... punctured tyre to start my long weekend zzzz..... any folks as suey as me today? haha
  21. I noticed that the power steering is producing a whine when cold start, the whine slowly disappears when the engine runs for a few minutes. The power steering reservoir is also having a little foaming, by the way I had the PS fluid flushed, there is no leak anywhere and the workshop has checked but the problem remains. What could be the cause?
  22. Rezorn86

    Push Start Button

    windering if i didnt step on the pedal, can the engine been started??
  23. Just wondering. Is it because: 1. The new versions of that car model is coming soon? 2. They don't keep demo cars beyond certain mileage of test driving as they become "old cars". What would this mileage be? This question also got me thinking. Do they break in the new car before it goes on demo duties? We know usually the first 1000km of new cars is on mineral EO and not performing as normal. 3. They are replenishing with new cars for those particular models? This is related to when ADs sell the whole range of demo cars.
  24. Hi guys, Recently i felt that my car vibrates quite a bit before the engine has warmed up.It drives of about 5 km before the vibration goes away.Did not upgrade or mode anything prior. have been using using 030w schaeffer engine oil thks
  25. Reminds me of the old days! Good that they are bringing it back! Daily cleaning by students will be introduced in all schools The move is intended to inculcate in students a sense of responsibility and good life habits, says MOE. By Linette Lim Posted 25 Feb 2016 13:25 Updated 25 Feb 2016 13:42 Primary one students at Xingnan Primary School doing a classroom activity called the "Little Home Helper" programme. (Photo: Linette Lim) SINGAPORE: Annual spring cleaning for the classroom or being rostered for weekly cleaning duty might be familiar to some, but now, the Ministry of Education (MOE) wants to make classroom cleaning a daily affair for students. By the end of 2016, daily cleaning by students will be introduced in all schools, said Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng on Thursday (Feb 25). According to MOE, all schools from primary schools to junior colleges have autonomy in the implementation of daily cleaning. This covers common areas such as classrooms and corridors, and excludes toilets. This is being introduced with the aim of inculcating in students a sense of responsibility and good life habits. Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng (right) with students from Xingnan Primary School. (Photo: Linette Lim) MOE said that many schools have already incorporated five to 10 minutes of cleaning activities within their school hours each day. These schools include Xingnan Primary School, Park View Primary School, and New Town Secondary School. The ministry said they looked at similar practices in other education systems - such as Taiwan and Japan - in the planning process. - CNA/av i wun be surprised some will bring their maids to clean for them...hahhha
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