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A Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey reveals that only 1% of women motorists in this country indicated that they are able to troubleshoot their vehicles when they experience a breakdown, as compared to 48% of men.

The survey, conducted by Bosch, polled 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55 to gain insights into car battery management habits among Malaysian drivers. The main cause of vehicle breakdowns was found to be battery failure, which can occur unexpectedly.

“Our survey shows that 70% 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.

The survey also found that 84% of women turn to family and friends while 12% call auto assist organizations 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. At Bosch, we strongly believe in empowering drivers, especially women, to possess more knowledge about their cars and be able to identify early signs of battery failure,” said Mr. Pang.

He provided 5 signs of a failing car battery:
Slow engine crank
The cranking (starting) 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 lights up.

Having to jump battery
Replace the battery if the vehicle has been jump-started more than 3 times in a week

Swollen battery case
Car battery exposed to excessive amounts of heat may swell and results in shorter lifespan

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

29% of women drivers, compared to 22.6% of men, are still using lead-acid batteries as opposed to maintenance-free ones, the survey also revealed. “More drivers now prefer maintenance-free batteries, compared to lead-acid batteries which require constant and regular maintenance on the driver’s part. Maintenance-free batteries have more advantages as they typically have higher cranking power and charge capacities, recharge faster, and last longer. Drivers are able enjoy a stress-free driving experience without worry about battery water levels at different states of charge,” Mr. Pang explained.

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