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Lifestyle 17 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Spreading like wildfire

Doctors have discovered that a few super-spreaders have been responsible for infecting hundreds, reports SHANKAR VEDANTAM.

Lifestyle 20 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Vibrations and sounds

MY 1990 Nissan Sunny 130Y has clocked 238,450km. About five years ago, the vehicle developed a problem that numerous mechanics cannot seem to solve. Every time after the clutch pedal is depressed, there is a knocking sound that seems to come from the engine as the pedal is being released. This happens irrespective of the gear engaged. Mechanics suggested renewing the engine mounts; I did that, but the problem remains. In fact, I now have an added problem #150; engine vibration. I am getting desperate.

Lifestyle 20 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

'Clacking' engine

DADDY FIXIT has the answer to your car problems.

Lifestyle 20 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Testing tyres to the limit

Checking out BF Goodrich tyres in Australia, LOUIS CHEANG finds out all about floating like a butterfly over the road surface #8211; and landing with a thump!

Lifestyle 20 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

‘Oiling’ the tappet

I DRIVE a Proton Wira 1.8 fitted with a 4G93 engine. It has approximately 180,000km on the clock and now sounds very #147;tappety#148;, especially after cold-starting in the morning. My friends who also drive the Proton Wira experience similar problems and we have been told by our respective mechanics that low viscosity oil is unsuitable for use in the 4G93 engine.

Health 27 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Viral awareness

Consultant paediatrician Datin Dr REBECCA GEORGE offers her insights about a disease that may not appear to be as pressing as SARS, but continues to exact its toll in our population - dengue fever.

Lifestyle 27 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Squeak, rattle, hum

Audi uses a special team to try to design out of a car unwanted noise sources as early as the development phase. Acoustic specialists examine each component part before it is installed in a prototype. Then the prototype model is put through a series of comprehensive acoustic tests.

Lifestyle 27 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Comfort versus safety

By Daddy Fixit

Lifestyle 04 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Turbo Blues

Daddy Fixit with the answers.

Lifestyle 08 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hmm, what to get Mum?

Pondering what to get Mum for Mother's Day gets B. LING bemused over the misadventures of previous attempts to fete Mum.