Tuesday, 29 November 2011

All New Proton Car

Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton) announced that they will release new model early next year. It is all new car and not related with Proton Persona. Actually this is the concept car, TUAH that was shown to the public during the KL International Motor Show 2010, but slightly different on the headlamp, bumper, fog lamp side mirror and front grill. At this moment this new car only known as P3-21A code, but Persona R or Espire expected the name given to this car. One thing that make we proud of this car, this model will be equipped with Campro 1.6cc turbo engine in Proton family and it was design by Malaysian itself. This is what Proton Managing Director, Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said.

This new sedan will be the the first new generation of global models constructed in accordance with the new law and the global regulations.especially on the emissions standards and safety bring to the first, as this sedan will be fitted with 6 air-bags.

Syed Zainal said Proton's latest model will be also produced in China by Hawtai Motor Group Ltd (Hawtai), and have sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for further discussion on cooperation between them until December. He said in addition to producing the Exora in China with new design, Hawtai will develop the P3-21A as the left-hand drive vehicles using the brand Hawtai to markets in China and the car will use the same version of the Proton brand for the export market

About the interior and other specification, we don't have any information so far.  Just wait for the launching next year. Hope that this new car still in affordable price for all Malaysians.

Congratulations to Proton.

Latest  picture of P3-21A leaked!!!

Credit to AQAMOHA for pictures
 The name of this new car still in mystery..
The following is a summary of the main specification of  new Proton, P3-21A based on the disclosure by Tun Dr. Mahathir when given the honor to test drive this vehicle.
  • 1.6 litre turbo charged that works as 2.0 litre engine (1.6 CFE turbo bolted I think)
  • Auto speed wiper
  • Auto side door folding mirror - auto flip when parking, auto unflip whne start the engine
  • Start/Stop push button
  • Wiper and headlamp automatic ON when raining and  weather turned dark
  • GPS antena for Navigation System (Maybe available for premium unit only)
  • Impact Sensing Door Lock
  • Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Shift lever with tiptronic Mode and Paddle Shifter on Steering Wheel
  • ABS, EBD, ESC and BA
  • Daytime running LED build-in headlamp
  • LED taillamp
  • Side Mirror with Signal light indicator
  • 16inch Sport Rim
  • Soft touch plastic dashboard
  • Keyless entry. Fully remote controlled for central lock/unlocking.
  • Internet ready for online surfing while in the car.
  • PRICE RANGE: RM62k - RM75k.  Launching should be in May 2012.

UPDATE 2!!!        (Friday 23.03.2012)

Full spec of P3-21A leak!!!

I'm not very sure the origin of this information, but I got it from
By reffering to this specifications, Toyota Vios and Honda City totally LOST in this class.. Yeah!!!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Basic Wiring For In Car Entertainment

Basic In Car Entertainment Wiring

Item Needed

  1. Head Unit
  2. Preamp
  3. Subwoofer with box
  4. 4 Channel Power Amp (Optional)
  5. 2 Channel Power Amp or Mono block Power Amp for Sub woofer
  6. Rear Speaker (eg; 3way 6x9 coaxial speaker)
  7. Front speaker or Component set
  8. RCA Cable (4set)
  9. 2 Fuse for power amp
  10. Power Amp's Power Cable
  • Please DO NOT short circuit. 
  • Connect power amp with positive battery terminal ONLY if you confident that you connect it correctly. Refer to user manual  
  • Common Power Amp power terminal
             (+)ve             = Direct to Positive battery terminal, fused
           REM(+)          = Connect to REM (remote) wire of the head unit
           GRD (-)          = Negative; connect directly to body/chasis
  • NEVER connect power amp with positive battery terminal WITHOUT fuse
  • Start music with slow volume
  • RECOMMENDED to use Capacitor for power amp, to avoid battery power drained during music blasting and better current flow to power amp.

Any question, please do not hesitate to email me, or just drop your comment below and i will try to answer it. Thanks

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Important of Volt Meter In Your Car

Most of the old-school car factory installed with analog voltmeter. But most of the modern car nowadays does not equipped with this vital tool. So we need to install it by sending our car to the experts or drive directly to the car accessories because most of the car accessories sell this device.

What is the important of the volt meter? Some automotive enthusiasts just display volt meter as accessories or gadget for a different views of their dashboard. But actually this extra gadget is very important to tell driver about the electrical system circulating in your car is in good condition or otherwise.

Generally volt meter will refer to the voltage output from the alternator and battery. Here are the explanation.

1. Reading taken for alternator voltage output
  • Alternator (part that supply electricity to electronic devices to the whole car) voltage output reading only can be read by volt meter while engine running. Usually while engine running, the reading of the healthy alternator is 14.0 - 14.7volt. (Reading maybe different if we switch on air-conditioner, wiper and headlamp; reading 13.5-13.8volt should be normal)
  • If the reading of the voltmeter while engine running is below 13.0v, mean that you must send your car to the expert as soon as possible. Because why, if your alternator reading is below 13volt, and it decrease to 12, 11 and 10volt, mean that the alternator cannot produce electricity for your car, and when your car need more voltage, but the alternator fail to generate it, of course your car will be loosing power . When voltage drop again to 10, 9 and 8volt, all the accessories will be malfunction and then the engine will be stop working and you will be stranded. 
  • Why this happen? If alternator malfunctions, the voltage output will be drop slowly until it reaches the battery voltage. At this time, engine and other electronic accessories will use the battery power to make it running as usual until the battery power drained because the alternators fail to recharge the battery.
  • The highlight here is; when the reading of the volt meter drop below 13.0volt, and it continuously drop again, better you find workshop or save area to park as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will need to pay a lot of money to tow your car to workshop instead of paying for spare part and labor cost only.

2. Reading taken for battery voltage output.
  • Battery voltage output only can be read by the voltmeter while engine off. Usually, just after you key off the engine, the voltage will be drop from 13.7v and slowly drop to the normal battery voltage 12.7/12.5volt. (this condition happen if your volt meter connect directly to the battery terminal, and not connected to the "ACC" point, if volt meter connected to the "ACC" point, you must make sure the ignition key position to "ON")
  • As I mention above, healthy battery voltage while engine off is around 12.3-12.7volt. To check the battery still in good condition, leave your car for one or two days and check the voltage again without starting the engine. It should be still in range of 12.3-12.7volt. (take note that some of the alarm system that use blinking LED and the alarm always triggered will affect the reading of the volt meter in 0.2-0.3volt if you leave your car for 2-4days without starting the engine)
  • But, if the reading of the voltmeter drop below 12volt after one or two days, mean that the battery need to be replaced with new one because of the battery voltage leaking. Get ready with your budget next month!! (make sure there was no electronic accessories such as in car entertainment system, room lamp, and all the bulb outside still ON while engine OFF"

Analog Volt Meter
See, how this gadget can save your money and time. Without volt meter, you cannot early detect the sign of battery the alternator malfunction. When you can detect as early as you can the problem of your car, you can ready with the budget and find some space for you to send your car to workshop.

The volt meter reading is very accurate if connected directly to the positive and negative terminal. So find the volt meter that can connect directly to battery terminal and you can read it while you are driving.  My suggestion is that you buy volt meter that can be displayed somewhere on your dashboard, connect directly to the negative and batery terminal BUT USE RELAY to make it (voltmeter) OFF also when you take off your car key from ignition. Otherwise, if you are not using relay and connect directly to the battery negative and positive terminal, the chances of the voltmeter draining the battery is there because the voltmeter will ON 24hours and will shorten its live.

Different with voltage stabilizer that build in with meter, this type of prouduct was design to operate 24hours without draining you car battery eventhough connect directly to batery terminal. But most of the aftermarket voltage stabilizer will be installed somewhere in the engine bay, and you cannot read it while driving. Voltage stabilizer also can impove the voltage stablility of you car and increase the battery life. Make sure to buy the original one.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


For the first time, DUCATI decide to lauch it's new superbike outside Europe and choose Malaysia for the international launching the Monster 795 on the 21st October 2011 in Kuala Lumpur last Friday, in conjunction with the World Motorbike Grand Prix (GP) in Kuala Lumpur.

Spokesperson says Next Bikes, a company under the Naza group of companies, had received 90 orders for the Monster 795 eventhough the launching was not come to time. One of the VIP's at the launch is the nine time world champion of the World Motor GP, Valentino Rossi.

legendary Desmodue, air cooled, Dual Spark L-Twin engine whose 87 hp gives it that unmistakable Ducati sound. Developed for an incredibly flexible power delivery, the Desmodromic engine provides enough torque to exit the most challenging of corners. The impressive torque, typical of the Ducati L-Twin engines, will excite with every twist of the throttle.

Marzocchi forks; Outstanding grip and unbeatable riding comfort are ensured by a 43 mm Marzocchi upside down stanchion fork, which provides 120 mm of suspension travel. 
Sachs rear suspension; At the rear, a Sachs monoshock unit with progressive linkage provide a wide spectrum of both spring and damping settings. 

Lightweight construction; Every carefully selected component of the Monster 795 has a net benefit to the overall light weight of the machine. The dry weight of 161kgs (355lb) has dramatic effects on not just manoeuvrability and ease of use, but also by contributing directly to increased performance, braking and acceleration. 

Lightweight 3-spoke wheels; Lightweight 3-spoke aluminium alloy wheels increase agility and reduce rider effort. The 3.50x17 front wheel wears a 120/60ZR tyre while the 4.50x17 rear wheel runs 160/60ZR rubber. By resisting the temptation to over-tyre the795 for styling’s sake, the end result is light, predictable and confidence inspiring steering qualities at a wide range of speeds with truly outstanding stability.

Brembo brakes; The latest in Brembo braking hardware delivers exceptional braking power front and rear to improve rider safety. At the front, 320mm floating discs are gripped by four-piston, radially mounted callipers, while a 245mm floating rear disc works in combination with a twin-piston calliper. This powerful braking set-up offers unrivalled feel and feedback making the 795 safer across a broader spectrum of riding abilities.

Aluminium swingarm; The GP-style swingarm is chill-cast using aluminium in its most noble form. Gravity cast and heat treated, the component achieves the best mechanical characteristics as well as reduced final weight for improved handling. 

Monster Trellis; An immensely strong but light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity. A separate, all aluminium sub-frame saves weight and adds a pleasing continuity with the aluminium footrest hangers and matte finished swingarm.

Chasis & Engine specification taken from

Saturday, 12 November 2011

General Information Of the Tire Code & Tips of Buying New Tire

Did you know what is the meaning of the "Code" printed on the side wall of the tire. Sometimes we do not know what kind of tires suitable for our use. Usually we just tell the size of the tire to tire shopkeepers, and some just say "change tire" verbally and let the shopkeepers make decisions what tire to use. Inappropriate use of tires with the weight of the vehicle and the speed can lead to tire failure to function properly and may cause accidents. So, here i would like to share with you what is the meaning of the "Tire Code". Just take a few minute to read this article and it would save your money and the most important is your safety.

The "Code" or it standard name "The ISO Metric tire code" is a national tire standards influenced by the The European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO) and the Tire and Rim Association (TRA) .

Let's see one of the example that appear at the side wall of the tire

165/55/R14  72H
Here is the explanation for this code

165 - The "nominal section width" of the tire in millimeters; the widest point from both outer edges.
*some of the tire got letter infront of the first three digit number.. eg: P165 or T165 etc. indicating the intended use or vehicle class for the tire;
          P: Passenger Car
        LT: Light Truck
        ST: Special Trailer
          T: Temporary (restricted usage for "Space-Saver" spare wheels)

55 - The "aspect ratio" of the sidewall height to the total width of the tire, as a percentage (mean 55%)
* to get the height of the sidewall in milimeters;
                        nominal width x (aspect ratio/100)= height of the side wall in milimeters
 example in this case 165/55/R14            165 x 0.55=90.75mm

An optional letter indicating construction of the fabric carcass of the tire:
R - Radial
D - Diagonal
B - bias belt (where the sidewalls are the same material as the tread, leading to a rigid ride)
*mean that, the 165/55/R14 is the Radial fabric carcass (use mostly on the passanger vehicle)

14 - Diameter in inches of the wheel that the tires are designed to fit to the rim

72- Load index (refer to the Standard Load tabel below)
*mean that max load for this tire is 355 kg (780 lb)

H - Speed rating (refer to the speed rating table below)
*mean that max speed for this tire is 210km/h or 130mph

Other Additional Important Information
Treadwear: eg: 240 *the highest number the slowest the thread to be thin/wear
Traction: AA (Highest in Quality), followed by A, B and C
Temperature:  A (whereas the weather are hot)
                     B (Normal Weather)
                     C (Cold Weather)
Manufacturing Week and Year: Example 1411
First two digit number 14: The week of fourteen of the year
Last two digit number 11: Year of 2011
*mean that the tire mark as 1411 was produced on the first week of April 2011

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