Rain can be very unforgiving, causing severe damage to our four-wheeled friends. This is why heeding car care tips during rainy days is paramount. Car owners need to be proactive about protecting their cars even before the first rain arrives.
Car care tips for the rainy days
1) Wash the car before and after the rain
Do this always. Unfortunately, some car owners depend on rainwater to clean their cars—no, definitely not. It’s because rainwater collects air pollutants and contaminants and transfers them to the car. Do you ever wonder where the hard-to-remove debris comes from when the rainwater dries up on the car’s body?
As such, if you don’t have a garage to shelter your car during rain, you must clean it up after it rains. You need to do this even when using a waterproof cover to cover the car. This is because the rainwater may reach the metal parts of the car and costing and corrosion.
Better yet, use paint protection film, ceramic paint protection, or any car repellent. In this way, the water will not accumulate on the car’s surface, particularly the windshields, headlights, and windows. But, of course, when there’s a buildup, you must thoroughly clean these parts as well.
While at it, make sure that all car electrical parts are 100% dry before driving it again. Before it gets rained, opt to disconnect the battery terminals so there won’t be any electrical shortage, especially when floodwater reaches this part.
2) Save the car’s underbody
This is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of rainy day car care tips—the underbody needs T-L-C. There’s a high possibility of flooding when it rains, depending on where you live, and when the floodwater reaches their car engine, hydrolocking may occur. This weakens the car entirely.
An unorthodox way to protect the underbody is using a mixture of diesel such as Shell V Power and used engine oil and then spraying the mixture in the underbody. This will protect the moving parts from rusting when floodwater reaches that part.
Another way to protect the car’s chassis and other parts is by installing a mudguard. This is extra helpful if you cannot avoid driving while raining. The mudguard protects the sensitive components from mud, dirt, pebbles, and other debris.
3) Protect the car interior from moisture
If the rain or floodwater reaches the interior, the rugs and carpets will get dampened, which would require drying out too. Otherwise, the car’s insides will stench—the kind of stink that stays for several days.
So before raining, line the car floor with old newspapers or the like. If you have rubber mats on the floor, remove them. A pool of water develops on these mats that may cause the wetting of other car part interiors.
Leather seats can be wiped dry easily. However, use dry towels to absorb the moisture for fabric car seats. Keep the windows open. You may also use a blow dryer to dry them.
Of course, you may also use the car’s air conditioning system. However, if it is also compromised, you need to look for alternatives. Please don’t use the AC until it is serviced first to ensure that it is working correctly.
These are three of the most important things to do to care for your care before and after rain. The key here is to inspect the car’s condition. Don’t drive the vehicle unless you are entirely sure that it’s safe to drive.