While the hearty rainfall in monsoon season soothes nerves, transforms the landscape and brings down the temperatures, it can also wreak havoc.
Especially where cars are concerned, heavy rain burdens the owner with tremendous mental stress. It can be a disaster if one is not well prepared or the car is not fit enough to tackle the onslaught of the monsoons. However, it is simple enough to get your speed machine ready to enjoy the charm of rains confidently.
- TYRE – The inflation and tyre pressure should be checked as the tyres tend to lose pressure during the rainy season. Also ensure that the tyres have enough tread on them, or else there is a risk of aquaplaning while driving in the rain.
- WIPERS AND BRAKES – The rubber lining of wiper blades and functioning of wipers at all speeds should be checked before the monsoons. The brakes are crucial for smooth driving and hence should be in top condition at all times. The brake pads should be cleaned and brake fluid levels need to be checked. The brake lines must be monitored for proper lubrication.
- CAR BODY- The car should be cleaned and wax-polished to ensure a thin protective layer forms on the car’s paint, avoiding water from accumulating on the surface. The door hinges should be greased and anti-corrosion spray should be applied on areas having exposed metal. The rubber seals around the doors, windows, hood, trunk and the tail lights should be checked to avoid emergencies.
- ELECTRICALS – Check the car’s battery and ensure it is in good condition. You can apply petroleum jelly on the terminals to keep the moisture out. Insulate exposed wires. A perfectly working set of lights is of extreme importance in monsoon. If you notice a dimmer light anywhere, change the bulbs immediately.
- INTERIORS – Fabric mats instead of rubber mats should be used and the car needs to be regularly vacuumed to avoid foul odor.
- LEAK POSSIBILITY – Check for leaks from all possible sources like replaced glass panels, rubber seals, sun roofs, roof rack, car’s footwell area, etc as even a small drip can create a big problem. The drainage holes in the car’s body need to be checked thoroughly.
- SAVE THE UNDERBODY – This is perhaps the most uncared yet important place that needs to be checked. A mixture of diesel and used engine oil can be sprayed on the underbody and suspension springs on the wheels to protect them from getting rusted.
- AIR CONDITIONER – Considering its overtime function because of all monsoon-borne moisture inside the cabin, the AC needs a comprehensive servicing.
- WINDSHIELD – Windshield should be cleaned properly to remove hard water spots and to improve visibility. The windshield washers also need cleaning and the clogged nozzles can be unblocked with a fine needle.
- EMERGENCY KIT – And last but not the least, a kit which includes a phone charger, flashlight, raincoat, old newspaper, tyre inflator, extra set of head and tail lamps, etc is a must in the car during monsoons.