While Driving in Rainy Season, it is very important to make sure that you car is in optimal condition to face the constant waterlogging and frequent traffic jams . Here are a few Maintenance Checklist that can help you maintain your car in this rainy season .
Monsoon Maintenance – Checklist
1. Wipers and Windscreen
- Check your wipers and replace them if they are worn out.
- Make sure that the water nozzles are not clogged
- Always keep washer fluid topped up preferably use windscreen washer fluid than plain water , to clear the muck that might sit on your windshield.
- Check your wiper motor is working perfect at all speed settings
- Direct the flow of the air-conditioner onto the windshield if Visibility is hampered by the fog
- Make sure your tyres have enough tread depth (more than 2mm).
- Maintain the tire pressure as per the recommended value
- Inspect the sides walls of each tyre for cracks in the rubber
- Check tyre pressure each time you fill fuel – including the spare wheel
- If your car has tubeless tyres, keep an emergency tyre puncture repair kit
3. Headlights and Fog lights
- Make sure that the headlights, taillights, and fog-lights are well maintained. The heavy rains, low beams and fog lights will be of great help .
- Check for cracks or breakage on the glass of the lights to make sure water does not enter the light assemblies and cause electrical short circuit .
- Make sure that all the external wires for the lights and fog lamps are properly insulated.
- Make sure your tail-lights are in good working order
- Coat the car’s battery terminals with anti-corrosion grease to protect it from rust.
- Check all wires to ensure that they are well-insulated
- Carry a few spare fuses in your toolkit
- Carry ‘Dry Powder’ Fire extinguisher to put out electrical fires in case of emergency
- Check brake oil level is correct and the handbrake functions properly
- While driving through water clogged streets, push the brake a couple of times to generate heat in the brake rotors which will help in dry the brakes and give sufficient stopping power
- Get your Brake pads cleaned regularly when driving in rainy season
6. Vehicle Body Protection
- Getting anti corrosion treatment is recommended to protect the chassis from corroding
- Anti-rust spray or coating under the body of the vehicle is recommended
- Get a wax coating done before the rains hit, To protect the car’s paint
- Consider using a car fragrance to avoid the damp odour
- Air your car often by opening all the windows to avoid fungus
- Check for Holes in your exhaust , This can allow rainwater to get inside and affect the quality of your exhaust system and also corrode its inner surfaces
- Check all four doors and the boot to make sure all the rubbers are fixed tightly in their places.
Other Important Tips
- Regular fluid check will keep the engine in good health.
- Take your car to a garage for a proper checkup and Servicing before the rainy season
- Occasionally rev the engine to force water out of the exhaust
- Always switch on the headlights and the tail lights when visibility is poor. This, in addition to providing you a clear view, will also make your car visible to other drivers on road.
- It is advised to not drive at high speeds during the monsoon due to the problem of aquaplaning/hydroplaning. This is when a layer of water forms in between the road and the tires; this can result in the loss of friction. Crashes due to aquaplaning often occur at high speeds.