5 Monsoon car care tips we all should know

You may love the rainy season, but we can assure you that your car doesn’t. Not only does the monsoon bring with it a rise in traffic jams; the moisture causes rust and corrosion and the constant barrage of rain causes paint damage. Thus, you need to prepare your car for the monsoon to keep it shiny and new. Here are some simple yet important tips that you can follow to keep your car in mint condition during the rains:

Protect your car paint: Rainwater can have acidic components, which corrode the outer layer of your car’s paint job. You can use a protective coat such as 3M’s Car Care UV Treatment that protects your car’s exteriors from a number of things such as bird droppings, road salt, acid rain and heat. It also helps you clean your car more easily without the worry of chipping paint. You should also wash and dry your car regularly and not let rain water do the job for you.

Prevent rust & corrosion: When water comes in contact with metal it causes rust and the underside of our cars are most affected by it. It’s the most ignored area of the car as it’s not easily visible and also suffers from corrosion due to flying pebbles and submersion in rainwater puddles. Try 3M’s Anti-corrosion Treatment, which gives a protective layer to the underbody and protects it from rust.

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Don’t settle for regular cleaning: Excess water easily gets into your car during the monsoons, whether it’s through a cracked window or the clothes and shoes of a passenger. It mostly affects the seat covers and mats and if not cleaned properly and regularly, leaves a stale smell in the car. Use a car perfume to keep your car smelling fresh. To make sure you and your family are safe from any hidden germs, go the extra mile in car-care and get yourself the 3M GermKleen treatment, which kills up to 99% of disease-causing microbes hidden in upholstery fabric, unreachable corners, ducts and vents, and can also rid your car of the toughest dirt and stains.

Park your car in a ventilated space: You absolutely shouldn’t drape your car in humid conditions, as it will automatically cause rusting. When you’re parking your car, a well-ventilated space is preferable, such as stilt parking. Damp basements or enclosed humid areas will make the car rust deeper and faster. Moisture will take a toll on the care, so you must do your best to avoid it.

Take special care of the brakes: Rain can take its toll on the car brakes too and that is not a risk you would want to take. Drum type breaks are especially affected by water, resulting in decreased stopping power. If your brakes do get damp, get your car out of the water as soon as possible. Once out, hold down the brake pedal and accelerate slowly to dry out the brake pads. If the problem stays, get your car checked at a service center.

A few simple measures will go a long way in keeping your car clean and fresh in the monsoon. Using preventive treatments are really good for your car, but to minimize the long-lasting impact of any damage caused, make sure you do a thorough cleaning with the right tools. To book an appointment for 3M Car Care, click here.

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Updated Date: Jul 25, 2016 15:49:28 IST