Monsoon car care tips one can stick with in order to protect your four-wheeler while you’re on the road as well as to keep your car as protected as possible.
The monsoon season is here and like always it brings heavy rainfall along with long traffic jams. The rains are not good for your car as the dirt, slush and water sticks to the parts of your cars and results in electrical and rust issues. And then comes waterlogging, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai, where it leads to massive traffic jams.
So, we should take extra care of our car and especially when we are driving it on the roads. The measures are necessary for a safe drive and also to keep our car problem free. Some of the common reasons include poor visibility, slippery road surface, waterlogging on roads, chances of water or mud sticking to car’s underbody causing corrosion, more potholes develop on roads in the rainy season, loss in braking effectiveness, etc.
Parts to Check
Car parts which need special attention during monsoons include:
- Wipers And Washer
Brakes are one of the most imperative parts of a car. If needed, you should regularly clean as well as replace the brake pads and get the brake fluid levels checked. Brakes lines also need to be checked to ensure there is no air/water ingress. Make sure there is adequate brake pedal play for optimum brake operation.
Do not let rainwater sit on your car. It will affect your car’s paint. While that will be difficult when driving in rainy conditions, you can use wax polish which will help to form a thin, protective layer on your car’s paint. The wax will also allow water to roll off quickly. Greasing all the door hinges is also important. Use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas and get the rubber lining on doors checked and replaced (if necessary) before monsoons arrive.
If you notice any loose or weak electrical connections, patch them up. Ensure external wires are insulated. Also, make sure that all the fuses are working fine and do carry some extra fuses. Check all the lights as it is advised to keep your parking light and brake light on while driving.
You might have noticed that rainwater flows into the cabin area and damages the carpets and flooring. To avoid this, place another set of mats (old mats) so that they soak up the dirty water. It is better to utilize fabric mats instead of rubber mats. Use a vacuum cleaner in order to clean the car on a regular basis so that there is no bad odour left and in case your seats get wet, just open the windows to prevent fungus development.
Making sure that the tyres are in excellent condition during the monsoons season. The tread depth should be good enough or else they are likely to skid over slippery surfaces because of aquaplaning. Do check the tyre tread depth and the tyre inflation regularly as tyres tend to lose air pressure during the rainy season. This regular check will not only ensure better driving comfort but will also increase the life of the tire.
During Monsoons, wiper blades tend to wear out quite fast. Get the wiper blades checked/changed and also check the wipers for proper functioning at all speeds. Keep the wiper washer bottle topped up and if you want, you can add a mild detergent in order to keep the windshield glass clean.
Common Car Care Tips for Monsoon
- Get the Air Conditioner checked and while using the demister, set the fan speed to low, turn the vent control to the windscreen, set the control to fresh outside air, and then turn on the AC.
- Do not panic if you have to drive through stagnant water. Just put the car in first gear and move ahead slowly. Make sure you do not have to come to a stop in the stagnant water. If you cannot avoid it, just keep revving your car a bit in order to keep the water from entering the exhaust system.
- Get the car battery checked and also apply a coat of petroleum jelly on the terminals to protect them from moisture.
- Drive slow on rainy days when the roads are still quite wet as the stopping distance generally increases considerably on wet roads. Also, brakes might be slightly less effective on rainy days as water usually seeps into the brake pads and disks.
- In case it is raining heavily and you cannot see what is in front of you, just turn on the headlights and fog lights and drive slowly.
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