26-06-2019

Car Care in Monsoon

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So the monsoons are here, and with monsoons, traffic snarls build up, potholes surface in and driving sometimes becomes a nightmare. But then hey, how about having fun at the wheel while it rains. Yes, however crazy it may sound, but if few things are taken care, then the fun on driving in wet weather is unparalleled. So let’s begin with how do you go about preparing your car first. Now whether you own an entry level car or that high end super luxury car, the preparation is the same.

Mechanicals

Get all your mechanicals in the engine bay checked, right from the battery health, health of all the belts, coolant as well as oil levels, suspension health, wiper motors and wiper blades and importantly health of your brake pads and discs.

Tires


The only contact point between the tarmac and the car is the tire. It is important that they are well grooved and you have the right thread pattern for monsoons. Tire pressure is important, too, give a passing glance once a while on the information of the right tire pressure that is mentioned in your car, mostly the location would be the driver door sill. It is important that the tires are not under inflated or over inflated. While checking the tires, don’t forget the spare tire in the boot. Because we don’t use it, we tend to neglect it.

Body and Electricals

Walk around the car to take a quick glimpse of all the impending dents and cracks in the car, maybe it’s the right time now to get them fixed. Many people have this notion that all the impending body work should be carried out post monsoons. However, pre monsoons is the time as any crack and any dent which has exposed metal will start rusting owing to contact with water. Also, importantly the cracks and dent affect the cars aerodynamics, especially when you are in the situation of hydroplaning or an uncontrolled slide. A smooth surface viz a viz a non-smooth surface, the car reacts and responds differently to aquaplaning with medium to gusty winds around.

Ensure, all your electricals are in good order, right from parking lights in the front to fog lamps at the rear externally, and all the tell-tale lights inside the car. Cars, which can be scanned on OBD Scanners, do get them scanned at your nearest service stations for any probability of any failures or errors. Sensor heavy cars are prone to failure as opposed to others. If you are a no expert in these areas, it may be a good idea to get your car to service station to undergo pre-monsoon checks.

with all these checks done, now your car is all set for the monsoon and wet road conditions

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Varun Chiduruppa
Varun Chiduruppa

At 18, Varun has got quite some experience of reviewing cars. He has a keen eye for attention-to-detail and even the smallest of things can't escape his eye. Varun as senior reviewer, ensures nothing misses from him eyes when he is reviewing the cars that come to him. 


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KV Muralidhar

Hi! Varun, it is something great to develop such an interesting habit at your age. Hope you can convert your passion into profession soon. All the very best.

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