Bosch survey reveals that battery malfunction is top cause of car breakdowns in Malaysia

Bosch survey reveals that battery malfunction is top cause of car breakdowns in Malaysia


  • Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey reveals that battery malfunction is number one cause of car breakdowns in Malaysia
  • Around 75 per cent of Malaysian drivers prefer maintenance-free batteries over lead-acid
  • Bosch urges Malaysian drivers to perform regular battery checks, and maintain or replace before the car breaks down

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – In Malaysia, seven in ten vehicle breakdowns were caused by battery malfunctions, followed by engine and wiring issues at 20 and five percent respectively. This is according to a survey of 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55 that was recently conducted by Bosch, a leading supplier of automotive components for the aftermarket. The survey aims to deliver insights into car battery management habits among Malaysian drivers.

“A car breakdown is an inconvenience and a safety risk to its driver, especially if it breaks down in the middle of traffic. At Bosch, we urge all drivers to perform regular battery checks regardless of battery type. They can do this with an electronic battery tester by themselves or at their car service garages. This will help them to know when to replace the batteries to avoid breakdowns,” said Mr. Pang Yoon Kong, country manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Malaysia.

“Anyone working with batteries needs to take extra precaution as sparks or flames nearby can ignite the gases escaping lead-acid batteries,” he cautioned.

The survey also revealed that around 75 percent of Malaysian drivers are using maintenance-free batteries while the remainder are using conventional lead-acid batteries.

“Owners of cars using lead-acid batteries need to be additionally diligent with their battery maintenance. Around 50 percent of premature battery failure is due to lack of maintenance or water evaporation from the high levels of heat under the hood, especially in a hot climate like Malaysia’s,” said Pang. “It is important to check if the battery has sufficient electrolytes at all times, and top it up with distilled water when required. Do not over-fill as the fluid level will rise when the battery is charging and it may cause an overflow. Regular battery maintenance is important to prolong a lead-acid battery’s lifespan.”

Typically, maintenance-free batteries have higher cranking power and charge capacities, recharge faster, and last longer than comparable conventional lead-acid batteries, aside from not requiring any maintenance to function. Most are also equipped with indicators to determine whether the battery is at optimum charge or not, and also when it needs to be replaced. In addition, Bosch maintenance-free batteries are equipped with a flame-arrestor feature that enhances safety by preventing external sparks or flames from igniting battery gases. “We believe these to be the reasons why most Malaysian drivers prefer maintenance-free batteries for hassle-free convenience and safety,” said Pang.

Bosch batteries are available at authorized dealer nationwide:

Contact person for press inquiries:

Ms. Ellissa Yeo
Executive, Automotive Aftermarket, Customer Communication for Asia Pacific South-East
Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603 7966 3119

Ms. Pritibha Krishnasamy
Account Executive
Alpha Access PR
Tel: +60192153025

About Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division (AA)

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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About Bosch in Malaysia

Bosch has been present in Malaysia since 1923, represented by Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd, with offices located in Selangor, Penang and Johor. In Malaysia, Bosch is active in the areas of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The company has three manufacturing arms in Penang providing car multimedia systems, power tools and automotive steering. In 2016, Malaysia generated sales of RM 610 million (133 million euro) and employed more than 2,700 associates.

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