Car Care Tips: Top 10 Ways To Take Care Of Your Car In This Monsoon
We have love and hate relationship with this season. We love the way it takes away the scorching heat but we even hate the mess it makes.
That’s monsoon for you. We love that we can dance and play in the rain, we love how it makes us drowsy in the middle of the day but we hate blocked roads, traffic and in some cases even the humidity.
A rainy day can be the best thing on holidays but it can even be the worst during a working day. Our car shares somewhat a similar relationship with this season. even though going on a top speed through the water seem like a thrilling ride it has its disadvantages.
So here are some easy tips in order to protect your car this monsoon and keep it shiny sparkly as ever.
Protect the exterior
Most of the times the car exterior takes a toll of the changes in weather. So different type of precautions is necessary in order to protect that shiny smooth finish of your car.
A lot of times the damage on the exterior cannot be determined with eyes only but it can be really dangerous over time. A continuous pouring rain may also shake the trees around and your car will be blessed with twigs, fallen fruits and leaves on the car.
This can in turn damage the car if the impact is strong and even dent the car.
We cannot control if something heavy decides to fall on our car and dent it but we can always park the car a bit further away from a tree or near a well-shaded area. It is best to park a car in an indoor garage or setting but its not always possible.
If for some reason, you do park the car near a tree, make sure you clean it right up after the heavy rain. The twigs may block some parts of your car. So extra care should be taken to remove those.
Protect your car’s paint
Monsoon in India is known for the heavy downpour along with extreme humidity and sometimes even a higher temperature. In such a hot and humid state, where even the pores of our skin give up, the car’s paint may have a hard time to endure.
In these conditions, a normal iron body can easily get oxidised. a car does have a few layers of paint (mainly 3) that protects it from oxidation but if the car is old it may show up in form of boils which can then pop exposing the metal body.
In such cases, prevention is always better than cure. Examining the car often can help you figure out the early signs of oxidation. If you notice chipped paint, scratches or boils get it treated immediately (ideally before monsoon).
The water seeping through these scratches and may expose the metal body for further damages. Make sure to wipe your car dry after every wash or whenever possible. This lesser contact with water may actually help in the long run.
Another way to protect your car is the use of paint protection film or simple car wax. The car was may have to be reapplied several times during monsoon for best results.
The paint protection films can cost a lot at times so swapping it with ceramic paint protection may also do the deed.
Do not use car covers
Yes, you read it right. You should not use car covers. Ever.
This might come as a shock for most people since most of the times we see cars cover in these blankets, especially during monsoons. Plus it could be the best way for some of us to protect our car from all those irritating twigs, leaves and dirt. But trust me, you will be doing more damage to the car than those leaves itself.
The plastic covers used for the cars usually stick to the car due to moisture, more so during monsoons. When the rain finally stops and it's hot and dry, the cover can actually stick to the car’s clear coat. When the car cover is removed, it may even peel off the clear coat off the car causing more damage.
This can also lead to chipping of paint and may even destroy the paint further.
Cleaning the nooks and crannies
Another step to include in your car cleaning routine is to clean all and every part of the exterior. The dirt and leaves may accumulate near the bonnet and boot line causing a drainage blockage.
This, in turn, can lead to rusting due to continuous exposure to humidity. The rust can even spread further damaging the paint, hood or the engine. Cleaning the drainage gutters on every exterior of the car is a good practice even when it is not raining.
Make sure to clean under the boot lid, bonnet lid and even on the sunroof. The leaves can even get stuck inside the door jams and can cause leakage into the interior of the car so make sure you check them as well.
Clean under the hood:
What beats water and humidity? Of course oil.
Used engine oil can be a lifesaver in these cases. The oil is known to lubricate a lot of engine parts but it is also best for keeping the moisture away.
A mixture of engine oil and diesel can really help to remove moisture and dirt, it can also act as a lubricant and for the mechanical moving parts. Additionally, it can also be used for front suspension and underfloor of the car.
Care should be taken to not spray the mixture on engine/exhaust and on the brake discs.
Protect the interior:
Have you ever entered your car to face pungent smell during monsoon? I am sure you most definitely have. The lack of cleanliness on the interiors of the car can make the car smelling pungent and foul.
Especially during the monsoons, those muddy, wet shoes, drenched clothes that in turns wets the seats and very high level of moisture can be responsible for that.
A car should have a thorough cleaning just before the monsoon starts, that means cleaning and drying the carpets/mats well. Now to prevent it from getting stained again, using old newspaper might be the easiest and cheapest way to go.
Make sure to replace old wet newspaper from time to time with dry once to avoid a mess. Replacing or cleaning the carpets a few times can further ensure the cleanliness of your car.make sure the carpets/mats are completely dry before installing.
If you do not want the seats o get wet, its best to always carry a towel around. Wrapping the seats and headrest with a thick towel can really help them keep dry and avoiding that foul smell.
Keeping another handtowel in the car can help with wiping the seats, steering wheel, dashboard and gear knob to avoid mould. You can also spray the vents with an air freshener or have a gel-based air freshener to avoid the smell.
Servicing the AC
AC is crucial, especially during monsoons. The ac helps defog the glass and keep the car atmosphere dry without any leaks inside. We all have a rough idea when the monsoon starts.
It's better to get the AC serviced before it starts. During monsoons, the AC filters will be filled with wet grime and dust which can, in turn, ruin the interior atmosphere of the car. So getting the AC serviced is usually a good option.
The most underrated equipment in a car is the defogger. It proves its worth during heavy rains. Even if your car lacks a defogger, you can compensate it with turning the vents to the front defogger position and blasting the fresh air in full speed.
Using a towel or cloth to clean the glass may lead to scratches so it is usually better to take the time for the defogger to work.
Check the wipers:
One of the important parts that work overtime during rain is the windshield system. It is better to usually replace the wipers once a year ideally before the monsoon. Getting good quality wipers from a reputed shop is the best way to go about it.
At the same time, topping up windscreen washer liquid is crucial to keep the windscreen always looking clear and clean. Adding a bit of soap solution may help getting rid of grime and dirt stuck on the screen.
Check the tyres:
If your tyres look too worn it may be helpful for changing them as soon as possible. Especially during monsoons when the grips are difficult to achieve, having a new tyre can really help with the entire process.
Make sure to check all the tyres before the monsoon. Additionally, always keep a spare tyre and make sure it has enough air. Getting a tyre punctured in rainy season is easy and it always helps to be prepared.
It is usually not an easy task driving on Indian roads in general. It gets even more challenging and interesting during monsoons. The heavy traffic, infinite potholes and the ever so bustling crowd with its umbrellas (that may even scratch the car at times) can make the car driving experience a bit more unpleasant.
Being patient and driving slowly can really help in such scenarios. Regardless of the weather, it's best to find a shaded or underground parking spot or a garage to park the car. It may be the best option in order to protect the car in the long run.
Also cleaning your car on a regular basis can help you keep the car healthy. You can even initiate an annual cleaning routine just before monsoon for the convenience of it.
Additionally, maintaining your car on a regular basis by a trained professional or yourself can really help avoid mishaps. A well-maintained car is a healthy car. Click here if you wish to know more about how to keep your car clean and healthy, here.
Checking the battery once every few days is also crucial and a huge part of maintenance. Getting an oil change just before monsoon and checking the battery can really help avoid those sticky, slimy issues in your car.
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