Monsoon Car Care
When it comes to caring for your car, no season poses as many questions about car maintenance as the rainy season. A couple of trips down clogged lanes during the monsoons will age your car faster than multiple trips in arid weather on steep terrain. Not surprisingly, the monsoon months witness the highest number of car insurance claims on account of engine damage due to water seepage or total car breakdown because of flooding.
A lot of woes brought about due to the onslaught of monsoons can be tackled by adopting the following preventative measures.
Worn out tyres are a safety hazard. Before the monsoons, make sure your tyres are in an impeccable condition. Check the tread, especially in still water. If the tread is under 2mm deep, contemplate replacing the tyre or re-treading it. Also make it a point to inspect the air pressure as a part of your routine car maintenance regime.
The monsoons can cause havoc in the regular functioning of your braking system. Take the time to clean the brake pads and pedals as well as the get brake oil levels checked thoroughly before the onset of rains. If your car is constantly in and out of water, check for air/water seepage in the brake lines.
Extended exposure to rainwater is not good for your car. This affects the paint of the car causing it to wear out pre-maturely. Opt for a Teflon coating or use wax polish to coat the car’s surface with an invisible, protective layer over the paint. Additionally grease the door and boot hinges and use anti-corrosion spray to protect any metal parts. These steps will prevent any un-foreseen dent and paint repair bills.
Windshield wipers are directly responsible for the visibility you have while driving your car during the monsoons. Since the weather might make it difficult to view the road clearly in the pouring water, check your wipers and replace them if they are making a screeching sound or are getting stuck during use. Check the sunroof for leakages as well, if applicable
During the pre-monsoon car inspection check the headlights and tail lamps to ensure they are in a working condition. Ensure that there is no water seepage into the car-lamps as this can increase chances of a short circuit.
If any wiring is open or connections are weak, you must patch them up before the monsoons especially anything external that maybe exposed to rainwater. Check all fuses and carry some extra in the glove compartment during the season.
General Tips for driving in the Monsoon
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