July/August 2016

Get Your Car Monsoon Ready

BYAmanda Flatten
Look out, here they come. Monsoon rain and dust storms spring up without warning this time of year, but you don’t have to be caught off guard this season. Before the rains start, make sure your vehicle is road ready by checking off these six items on your vehicle maintenance to-do list:
 
  1. Tires. Keep tires rotated, aligned, and properly inflated per your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Replace tires when the tread has worn down to 2/32 of an inch or less. 
  2. Wiper blades. Change your wiper blades before the rains start. A rule of thumb is to replace your blades once a year, as blades often become dry or cracked in hot weather.
  3. Battery. The last thing you want is a dead battery in the middle of a monsoon. If your car battery is more than three years old, consider replacing it. Also, have your battery tested to make sure it is properly holding its charge. 
  4. Lights. Check your head, tail, reverse, and indicator lights to make sure they are working correctly. For better visibility, consider switching to high-intensity halogen headlights, and repair cloudy headlight lenses.
  5. Belts and air filters. Have your belts inspected for cracks, glazing, and proper tension. Also, this dusty time of year is hard on your cabin and engine filters, so have them checked and replaced as needed. 
  6. Brakes. Have an expert inspect your brakes, especially if you’ve noticed noise upon braking, to make sure they are in top condition — your life depends on it.
AMANDA FLATTEN is the managing editor of Highroads.
Driving in a Storm
Check out our tips for driving safely in the rain.
 
Remember Your Maintenance
Get your vehicle monsoon ready by visiting your local AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair shop. Visit AAA.com/repair for more information.
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