Been having a few problems with the little car we bought last year from a second-hand dealer. And frustratingly problems showed up when we were about to go up (or going up!) Cameron Highlands. One time there was a puncture in the T metal connector connecting the pipes for cooling the engine. Temperature on the indicator shot up as we were climbing up the hills. Switched off the engine, waited for the engine to cool down before continuing again, but problem persisted. Eventually we parked our car on the roadside, next to a car who was driven into the drain by a drunkard! Thanks to the people around, who stopped by to help the poor chap, the leaking hole was temporarily “bandaged” using rubber (believed to be from tyre tube) found on the road. We drove the car back to Ipoh, but not without lots of top up with water as water still kept leaking out. Even my daughter now knows that we need to make sure the car is alright before we go on holiday otherwise we will need to stop the car many times to fill the car with water! After much huffing and puffing, we got to a workshop at Simpang Pulai. Apart from having to replace the T connector, the connecting rubber pipes were old and stiff and needed replacing. Rust were flushed out and coolant replaced. Hundreds of Ringgit changed hands.
The second time recently, the air-cond stopped cooling on the night before we wanted to go up Cameron Highlands. The air-cond got noisier the next day when we switched on the air-cond and it stopped cooling altogether too. We eventually swapped car with my mum and went up Cameron Highlands anyway. Turned out that the compressor of the air-cond needed replacing. Same for the condensing unit, as according to the mechanic something went black as a result from the failed compressor. Lots of money changed hand again. That was that. But what was annoying was we got some clancking sound as we drove the car away. Asked the mechanic to test it the next day, the sound was nowhere to be heard. But we still heard it, especially in the morning, and when we released the handbrake. Then days later, smoke came out and the air-cond stopped working, again! Went back to the same shop (called 福利, across the road from the Honda dealer Ban Hoe Seng), furious, and was told that the air-cond fan needed replacing too. Told them about the sound we still heard, one of the mechanics didn’t seem too interested in our problem. And this shop was recommended, highly, by my brother. Not sure why to be honest. Just lots of frustration with service we received in Ipoh.
So the new car seems timely for our trip, well to Penang, not Cameron Highlands this time 🙂 Not sure if we are excited with the arrival of our new car, our first new car! As it costs lots of money. And it can get very expensive with this brand of car if it breaks down! We’ll see how it goes, hope the new car is not going to give us huge problems for many many years to come…*fingers crossed*