PETALING JAYA, Feb 22 — A recent survey by Bosch Malaysia revealed that a mere 1 per cent of local women drivers are able to troubleshoot their vehicles without any assistance when they experience a breakdown, as compared to 48 per cent of men.
“Our survey shows that 70 per cent of vehicle breakdowns were caused by battery malfunction. This can pose not only an inconvenience but also a safety risk to all drivers, especially women if they are stranded all alone,” said Pang Yoon Kong, country manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Malaysia.
Having polled 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55, Bosch’s survey revealed battery failure as the top cause of vehicle breakdowns.
The survey also found that 84 per cent of women turned to family and friends while 12 per cent of them called auto assist organisations when their cars stall due to battery failure.
“According to the survey, there are still many female drivers who are not aware of how they can prevent car breakdowns caused by car batteries,” Pang said.
Here are five signs that your car battery is failing:
Slow engine crank
The cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start
Dashboard warning light
When the battery power is weak, the engine warning light on the dashboard appears
Having to jump battery
Replace the battery if the vehicle has been jump-started more than three times in a week
Swollen battery case
Car battery exposed to excessive amounts of heat may swell and results in shorter life span
Smells like rotten eggs
As a car battery contains sulphuric acid, it may vent a foul smelling gas, much like rotten eggs, when it has been internally shorted, frozen, or overcharged. Have the battery inspected as soon as possible as the sulphuric acid leakage may damage other car parts.