Protect your car from rains with super helpful Car Care Tips for Monsoon and enjoy a superior performance
July 6, 2020: An all new monsoon season is at our doorstep and we have to be extra prepared in these times, when all that we care for is our –
HEALTH, HYGIENE AND SAFETY.
Several Indian states have already witnessed the first rain showers of this season and people are delighted to have gained respite from the summer heats.
FYI: Monsoon Season in India starts from June and bids farewell by September.
And we happily admit that we Indians love to relish over hot Samosas and Pakoras during this season that sets the scene right for our cravings for delicious hot dishes.
While there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the onset of monsoon in India, at the same time we should also be prepared for the impact of rains on our surroundings and surfaces.
You maintain pretty good cleanliness for your homes. But what about your cars?
Well they also need extra Car Care and love from you especially during the monsoon.
And how to do that sounds an obvious question.
HERE’S THE ANSWER
Permagard India has collated the most important Monsoon Tips for Car Care. This Smart Guide helps you to score more to ensure high performance and good Car Maintenance in Monsoons.
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FIRST CLASS PROTECTION. FIRST CLASS PERFORMANCE.
A smart guide to ensure your car performs better even during monsoon
Your car gets parked at numerous places.
The parking lot of your building, under that tin shade, under the shade of trees, under that canopy and even in open spaces.
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It’s during monsoons that your car bears the brunt of rains that bring a lot of unfavorable particles on the car interior and exterior surfaces of your car.
Now, your car needs extra protection as there are high chances these surfaces will
- Receive unwanted marks,
- Suffer from corrosion and even
- Go through wear and tear from these rains
Following are the Prime issues and there easy solutions
1. Car Paint Protection
At first glance, it looks so good that your car is getting washed by the rains.
But the truth is, rainwater itself is contaminated.
The water drops get mixed with airborne particles and dust, turning the rains into acid rains. This harmful mix up is although not visible, but as soon as the rain stops, these droplets start getting deep onto the surface.
And when the surface gets dried by the moisture of air or even a partial sunlight, then these contaminants start their work. They:
- Damage your car’s paint
- Reduce the shine of car’s body
- Scars and Spots emerge
Even more happens, while you are driving.
The mud and grime that gets thrown on the exterior while driving through water clogged areas, are prime things that directly impact the doors and the metal body exposed outside. When left unattended, these mud spots may even start corrosion of the car’s body.
- We recommend you to apply a globally recommended and approved RPT based world class exterior paint protection product by Permagard India. Tested in extreme condition it saves the car’s exterior from corrosion and repels airborne contaminants.
- Please don’t use car cover during rainy seasons when you are parking in the open. These covers get stuck to the car coating and may even damage the car paint and body
- Whenever leaving for work in your car, its beneficial to clean your car with a soft cloth that removes the dust and dirt from the car’s body
2. Car Floor Mat
It’s all about your feet.
Be it your shoes, or sandals, or slippers. The dirt gets stuck on wet and muddy shoes and the moment you step in the car your shoes rest on the floor carpet laid below your feet.
Simply saying, water and dirt:
- Damage the carpets and flooring of your car cabin
- Cause foul smell inside
- Gives space to germs and bacteria
- Use Old Newspapers. Spread these newspapers on the floor above the mat. Newspapers absorb water very quickly and are cheap to buy too. And replace these newspapers every week.
- It is advisable to use fabric mats in place of rubber mats, during the rainy season.
3. Car Cabin
Your car cabin is the home of your car where you spend a good amount of time.
You stop at the traffic signal and there are toxic fumes getting in. And even you are accompanied by your family and friends for a journey during which time you carry a lot of your objects.
During monsoon, the interiors of your car are also equally exposed to moisture, water and germs.
It happens while you enter your car with wet clothes and you also use the dashboard and seats to put belongings that are drenched due to rain. This causes:
- High Level of Moisture
- Foul Smell of belongings
- Germ Build up in the air you breathe inside your car
- Bacteria on Steering wheel
- Common cold and flu to the driver and people inside
- Eye irritation and skin irritation due to growth of mold and mildew inside the car
- Use a strong Antimicrobial Shield, like that of Permagard. This protective shield is capable of pushing out 800 microscopic organisms. Even better, it eradicates viruses and bacteria with 99.99% efficiency. Plus, it fights against SARS based viruses too. This ultra strong protective car coating lasts long.
- Put a cover on the belongings you carry in the car. Having objects covered up, protects the interiors from getting moisture and foul smell.
- Clean your interior cabin once every week. Major focus should be given on the dashboard, seats, steering wheel, etc.
- Cover your seats with towels, as these soak up the wetness that’s there on your clothes.
4. Wipers and Washers
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Wiper blades of cars get onto a nonstop duty during monsoons.
The windshield of a car gets a high amount of flowing water, dust particles, tree leaves, etc. during rains. And to its rescue are the wipers and washers deployed at the front.
The rubber lining of wiper blades wears away with time and use, and the washers that work in sync are supplied the fluid by the wiper washer bottle. The role of wiper washer bottle is equally important to ensure that the driver gains a spotless view of the windshield glass.
Frequent accidents and injuries during monsoon take place majorly because of blurred line of sight and the fog that gets formed on the windshield.
- Add a small quantity of mild detergent or soap solution along with water, in the wiper washer bottle. It helps a lot during this season, and provides a clean windshield for better visibility. What’s important is, you must keep this bottle topped up with wiper fluid, during the monsoons.
- Get your wiper blades checked. If they are leaving marks during cleaning, then it’s advisable to get them changed.
5. Car Tyres
Tyre have the power to make or break your game during the rainy season.
It’s because tyres lose pressure during the rainy season.
And the grip of tyres ensures your safety while driving. Let us tell how.
On the tyres what you see as a rubber pattern on the circumference, is known as the Tyre Tread.
This tread comes into contact with the road or the ground and provides:
- A Smooth Driving Experience
- High Directional Stability, and
- Less Rolling Resistance
That’s the reason why any improper alignment in the tyre tread can lead to major mishaps.
On the other hand the air pressure in your car tyres, gains utmost importance during rains.
- Take a 5 rupee coin and insert it in the middle of the tyre tread. Now, if the lower rim is not visible, then it means, the tyre is in good shape. And if the lower rim is fully visible and doesn’t go in, then it’s time to get a tyre checkup.
- Keep your car tyres inflated with the right air pressure. Remember, you must get all the 4 tyres inflated.
- Check your spare tyre that you keep at the back. It’s better to get it inflated too. And, keep your spares ready for any unforeseen emergency.
6. Battery and Fuse
Source: Autocar India
Batteries play a big role when it comes to using AC, wipers and lights of cars during this season.
When driving through areas with deep waters, the electric components can experience shorting and in some cases they may get permanently damaged.
Electrical connections and opening like battery terminals are highly vulnerable to corrosion, when touched by water.
And when it comes to wires and fuses, those wires that have got even a little cut will come into contact with water and as a result they are subjected to a short circuit.
Believe us, getting stranded when it’s raining outside will irritate you.
- Get your battery checked by the battery repair mechanic. And also check the duration for which the battery was in use. If this duration has crossed 3 years, then it’s’ time for a new battery.
- Also get the wires in the fuse and circuit checked and repaired in advance.
7. Headlight and Tail lights
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Visibility is an issue you’ll face during monsoons.
Even if you own big headlamps, they too shall need an inspection.
India has got a diversity of routes- narrow lanes to rocky roads and super expressways. All of them face multiple issues when it rains incessantly.
So, at any time when you cross these routes during rain showers, you are likely to get issues of fog formation on your headlamps, turn indicators and tail lights.
More so, sometimes an undetected leak or opening, gives way to water getting inside the glass panel of lights.
- Cracks in the headlamp and
- Fogging are pertinent issues
- Heavy rains and overcast clouds hamper the visibility.
- Check for the leaks and cracks, on the glass of headlights, tail lights and indicators. Get them repaired or replaced as the case may be.
- Also check the brightness of lights every time you leave for a trip.
Source: Autocar India
Underbody of a car is exposed to most wear and tear.
FYI: Underbody is that part of the car which is underneath the main body of the car. Chassis, tail pipe, drive shaft, air outlet pipe, etc. are some of the components that form the underbody.
Muddy water, stones, grease, grime and potholes are the prime sources of particles that get stuck to the underbody of a car.
These unwanted particles give way to corrosion and rust formation of the underbody components. In the long run, car maintenance proves to be pretty expensive for you.
- Ask the repair service firm to check for rust and corrosion of the underbody parts. And also ask them to perform checks for any breaks or cracks down there.
- Get the underbody washed and treated by expert mechanic
Also Read – How to Prevent Automotive Rust
9. Braking System
Source: Ford India
Slippery roads and car brakes aren’t good friends.
Brakes lose a bit of efficiency while plying on wet roads, and when left unchecked before the monsoon starts playing its game, you and your car will experience many unexpected twists.
Some of these twists may even land you up at a hospital.
Your car may even be skidding on turns when the brakes are not in proper shape. Please don’t think of it to be another drift straight from the movie Tokyo Drift.
- Start your car and let it be in this mode for 3-4 minutes. Then use your brakes to assess the strength of the grip your brake has to offer.
- You can also get your brakes checked by an expert mechanic asap.
10. AC Cleaning
Often the moisture inside your car air conditioner leads to fungus growth.
AC comes in handy during the rainy season, because it helps in defogging of windows and windshield. This gives you a better visibility and you get to assess the distance of cars ahead of you and the cars behind you.
- Its advisable to use Antimicrobial Shield by Permagard, that stops the growth of and pushes out pathogens, micro organisms, fungi and bacteria from the AC
- AC Vents and AC Filter need cleansing. So, an arguably good option is to ask the mechanic to perform AC cleaning and testing during the car servicing.
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Well now when you have these super helpful Car Care and maintenance tips for monsoon, you should get into action to keep everything ready in advance. Be it spares, an extra pair of fuse or even towels and a cloth for cleaning.
You may even write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share our product reviews and best practices for car safety that you follow.
P.S. We have a pretty cool collection of tips and hacks to protect your car during rains and even round the year. Visit the Permagard India Blog section to know more.
Stay tuned for interesting blog posts and products that take extra Car care. See ya!