Monsoon tips: How to keep your car well
In India cars need a greater care during monsoon
Monsoon might be your favourite season, but it takes a little bit of toll on your car. If you don’t take good care of your car, it might act strangely during a rainy day, which might lead to some serious consequences. Well, none of us actually like our car to skid on slippery roads. Being built with so many metal parts the cars become prone to rusts during the extensive humidity in the air in the monsoon, leave alone the drenching rain. The interior of your car might develop a damp feel with humidity inside the cabin. Every car comes with plenty of electrical wiring and parts, which also become prone to get damaged during monsoon, if not taken care properly. In India, where at some places what we find in form of roads, are nothing but roads actually, cars face loads of mud and puddle, which in longer period would damage the cars.
So, here we are with some tips, which you can follow to save your car directly and hard earned money indirectly.
PRE-MONSOON CHECK UP
Almost every other auto manufacturer arranges for pre-monsoon check up camps for the cars. Most of the automakers offer free check up for their cars. In these pre-monsoon camps you can evaluate the condition of your car’s brake and suspension pads, brake calipers, air filter, spark plugs etc. If needed, replace a part during such a camp. Check the seals at the different parts of the car whether they are working properly or not. Before your car takes the first shower in rain, make sure you fill the necessary fluids including engine oil, brake oil, coolant etc. Make sure your car is fully serviced before monsoon. It will certainly help to car to stay healthy during the monsoon.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Keeping your car clean ensures a shiny look and of course it keeps the car healthy in long term. Wash of the puddle stains and mud from the car, dry it and apply a coat of wax, as it would prevent your car’s paint form getting damaged. The rain water has acidic elements, which damages the car paint. Giving your car a good coat of wax will save the paint from the rain. Not only that, it will also remove the tiny scratches from your car. Keep the car under a shade if possible. If not, then at least try to cover it with a car cover, which you can buy at your nearest automobile parts shop.
CHECK TYRES REGULARLY
Checking tyres regularly is a must thing to do during monsoon, as the rubbers take lot of strain during the monsoon. Check for worn out treads, as they will reduce the traction on road, and minimize the control and proper braking, which might lead into serious accident. Check if the tyres have enough treads, as these will ensure how much grip your car can get while running on slippery roads. Also keep optimum air pressure in each tyre and have them balanced properly. If you have been using the same tyres for last 4 or 5 years, then it’s time to give them a change.
KEEP THE CAR RUST FREE
Monsoons bring a huge volume of humidity, which is certainly not good for car, as it is built with metal. Under the influence of high volume humidity, the metal is prone to get rusty and in longer period of time, the rust will eat the metal leading damage to your favourite car. So, to keep your car rust free get the exposed metal a fresh coat of paint, specially the under body parts, as these parts come to the contact with the mud and water the most. The anti rust paint is supposed to stay for 2 to 3 years, and getting it done once will keep you tension free for next 2 years.
Every car comes with plenty of electrical elements and wirings, which keeps the car functioning. Before the monsoon these wirings should be checked, and also the headlamps, hazard lights, brake lamps should be checked for safety reasons. Due to the humidity the headlamp lens might get foggy, reducing the illumination. Clear that to enhance the visibility. Also check the other electrical wirings to be sure there are not wears at all.
Windshield wipers keep away the water reducing your visibility through the screen. The rubbers of the wipers can get cracked due to the exposure to heat and water. So, before monsoon, check the rubbers of the wipers. If the rubbers are hardened, weary or cracking, then change those. It will only cost you around INR. 500 or so, and you can change it yourself only. So, no need to go to mechanic and shell out extra money.
KEEP THE INTERIOR CLEAN
During monsoon, the interior of the car might get a damp due to the excessive humidity in air. This ultimately leads to a stale odor inside the cabin, and surely you are not going to like it. So, the first thing to avoid it is clean the interior in a regular interval. Change the floor mats to rubber if you have a cloth mat, as the rubber mats are easier to wash and dry. They also comes with longer life and don’t soak water. Check for any leaks in the rubber linings. Clean the dashboard, seats and carpets regularly.
Driving carefully is a very important part of keeping the car healthy during monsoon. Try to drive in low speeds, as it will reduce the chance of losing traction. Try to avoid waterlogged roads as far as possible. During heavy rains, visibility gets lowered. Use the hazard lamps in that case, as it will save you and the other cars around you from potential mishaps.