Make your Car Monsoon Ready

Cars are like a cat, they hate water. Except when cleaning (and then perfectly drying) should ideally be the only point when your car comes in contact with water. Monsoon season is arriving and you need to make sure your car is monsoon ready because rainwater is not good for your car. Rainwater may contain acid because of air pollution and it can cause some serious problems with your car. So here are some tips to make your car monsoon ready:

  1. Check your wiper blades. Lift the wipers and inspect the rubber part, if it’s cracked then change it. The good thing is these wiper blades don’t cost much and you should change them immediately even if you find a tiny crack. Bad wiper blades can ruin your windshield glass and they cost a lot, you do not want that to happen. Use high-quality silicone blades for good performance and longer life. Check out high-quality silicone wiper blades on Amazon.
  2. Check your mud flaps. Install mudflaps if you don’t have or change if they are broken. Mudflaps prevent water splash on the body of the car and prevent mud and gravel from sticking from under the body of the car. Repeated contact with mud and gravels can cause rusting problems in your car. Get mud flaps for your car now.
  3. Check your steering and axle rubber boot. If they are cracked, change them immediately. Cracked boots can cause serious damage to the axle and steering system. These damages are very expensive to repair. Check out the video added in this post.
  4. Polish your car with a good wax. A good wax polish not only shines your car like new but also beads off the water when you drive in rain. It also prevents fading of paint and damage to paint due to repeated contact with rainwater. Dirt also sticks less to a polished car making it easy to clean. Recommended one is Collinite Wax Polish which is slightly expensive but gives very good results. There are some good cost effective polishes as well that you can buy on Amazon. Cheapest one (but giving a very good result) is Waxpol hard wax polish, only catch here is that it’s not easy to apply and takes lots of hard work. But it gives good results at a low price.
  5. Check and top up your Windshield wiper fluid. Just fill it with clean water. You may also add You may also add wiper additives to make it more effective.
  6. If you have an older model of car, then it might have HT Leads which are connected to spark plugs. These leads when get older develop cracks and starts to leak current when you drive in rain and some water gets in the engine bay. You will experience engine shudder and misfires if your leads are worn out. To check if you need new HT leads, start your car with the bonnet open and using a spray bottle spray water over these HT leads. If you see engine starting to show signs like erratic idle and missing then you need new HT leads.
  7. Check your tyres. Worn out tyres will not give you sufficient grip on wet roads.  Check out some awesome deals on tyres online. I have found online prices of tyres to be lower than what quoted by most tyre dealers locally.
  8. Check your rear defogger for proper functioning if your car is equipped with one. These are very important when you drive during rain. During rain the outside temperature drops and since you are driving with windows rolled up, the temperature inside is warmer. This difference in temperature leads to condensation of water on the rear and front windshield. This fogging of glass area in your car can hamper visibility and lead to accidents. Front windshield fogging up can be cleared by switching on AC in your car with blower knob positioned to windshield defogging position. Most of the times this clears rear fogging as well but sometimes you will need rear defogger. It’s basically a wire element pasted on the glass which heats up to evaporate the water sitting on the glass surface. If your car is not equipped with rear defogger, you can get one fixed at any car accessory shop. There are some sprays available in the market which once applied on glass, prevents it’s fogging up for many days. Check out some good anti-fogging products on Amazon.
  9. Drive slow in water logged areas. Even if there is no one on the road and you feel tempted to see the water splashing everywhere, stop and don’t do it. Going into the water with speed might look good visually but it increases the chance of water entering into critical components of your car.
  10. Install rain visor if you don’t want to use AC in your car during rain. As I said in point no. 8 that you need AC to defog your glass but you can also have rain visor installed in your car which allows you to roll down your window a bit without letting water inside your car. This allows circulation of air inside the car and prevents fogging of the front and rear windshields.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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