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Juan for the Road: Rainy Weather DIY Car Care Part I: Small Things Matter

Posted September 3, 2021

Water or moisture in the wrong places wreak havoc on your car. Preventive care at home can keep your car in good running condition during the monsoon period.

Windshield   Don’t put off giving your windshield and mirrors a good washing. Rain from the previous night leaves mineral deposits plus with dirt and grit which prevent you from getting a clear view of the road. After cleaning, follow up with a good water-repellant.                      

                                               

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Wipers During summer, the high temperatures can cause your rubber parts to go brittle or cracked and your washer fluid to evaporate. Make it a habit to check and replace them before the monsoon weather kicks in.

Lights

Lights help you navigate the streets during inclement weather and keep you visible to other road users. But they can’t do that if they’re dimmed or grimy. Switch them on. If they flicker or dim, then you need to replace them. It could also mean there’s something wrong with your battery.

Washing and Waxing  

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“Overstaying” mud leaves stubborn stains that can only be removed by a professional cleaning service, which costs, of course. A good wash gets rid of dirt while waxing lets the raindrops slide off without smearing your car.

Interiors

There’s nothing more punishing (and stinky!) than adding dampness from wet or muddy shoes and soaked clothes. Old newspapers come in handy to absorb water on the floor, while an old towel can keep water off the back and head rests. Don’t forget to sanitize the entire cabin. All sorts of nasty virus thrive in damp weather.

Leaks

Car are fitted with rubber seals in areas, like the sun roof, windows, doors, and windshield, to keep water from entering. Over time, these lose their grip and cause unwanted dripping.

Emergency stow

Have the following items within quick reach. You’ll never know when you’ll need them:

  • Spares – not just tires, but also windshield wipers and fuses
  • Portable car jack
  • Towing cable
  • Jumper cable
  • Umbrella
  • Rain boots
  • Towels and old newspapers
  • Phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Early Warning Device