How to protect your car in monsoon season ?

Posted in June 2018 | 527 views

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.

  1. Tyre
  2. 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.

  3. Brakes
  4. 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.

  5. Body
  6. 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.

  7. Wipers
  8. 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

  9. Headlights and Tail lamps
  10. 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.

  11. Electricals
  12. 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

  • Check the car battery and apply petroleum jelly on the terminals to shield them from vapor or moisture.
  • The windshield will get foggy if you’re using the air-conditioner during the rains. To defog the windscreen, use the demister in the air conditioner panel, reduce the fan speed and turn the vent control to direct outside air towards the windscreen and then switch the air conditioner on.
  • In heavy rains, drive with the headlights, fog lights and parking lights on, so that you are visible to everyone on the road.
  • When driving through still water that appears deep, lower your speed and shift to the first gear. Drive consistently and maintain acceleration to prevent stalling.
  • If your car gets stuck in the floods for a long duration and won’t start, contact the professional at the earliest, as they will mitigate the damage. Inform your car insurance provider sooner rather than later.