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SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE ISSUES  
GET YOUR CAR READY FOR THE MONSOON

Your car is as susceptible to the rains as you are. To ensure that your car is ready for the rains and does not have monsoon blues, here is what you need to do:
 
1.

Take precautions to rule out skidding
Replace cracked tyres, check air pressure and make sure the wheels are properly balanced and aligned. This will prevent you car from skidding on a wet road. This is all the more necessary when the first shower arrives.

2.

Check the brakes
Similarly, make sure that your car brakes are well-oiled and are working properly. You never know when you may have to hit the brakes on a wet, slippery road! That said, don't speed in the rains and drive carefully to avoid any untoward incident.

3.

Steer clear from rust and corrosion
Your car's metal frame protects the internal components from moisture. So keep it clean and scratch-free to avoid corrosion. As you are well aware, water corrodes metal.

4.

Protect your car's paint
Do get a wax coating done just before the rains hit to protect your cars' paint from the falling rain. Alternate wet and dry spells can cause the paint to fade and peel.

5.

Check your cars' headlights and taillights
Ensure that these are working properly as during a heavy downpour, visibility is poor, not only for you but also for the driver behind you.

It's always better to be safe than sorry. So get a complete service check done to ensure that your car is rain ready. This includes engine functioning, battery life, ignition system, etc. Be prepared!
 

GUIDE TO BUYING CAR SEAT COVERS

Thinking of jazzing up your car? Start with your seat covers. Changing your seat covers can make a big difference to how your car looks and feels. So here are a couple of things to keep in mind before you start your search.

Step 1: Usually, the more expensive the seat cover, the better the quality. If you're okay with changing your seat covers once a year then go for the cheaper kind. The more expensive ones are built to last longer.

Step 2: Know your car's make, year and style of seat. Cars come with seat styles such as front bucket high back with adjustable headrest; front bucket low back with integrated headrest; front bucket captain's chair; plain bench, solid front or rear or split bench seat. So pick wisely!

Step 3: Take into consideration the type of headrests on the seats, whether the seat belt comes out of the seat, and whether the seat includes an air bag, electrical controls or manual controls.

Step 4: Choose seat covers with material that is water-repellent, machine-washable, tough and durable. There is a wide variety of materials available so you won't really be stumped.

Step 5: Select covers from a brand that offers a lifetime warranty.

Step 6: Check the Yellow Pages or the Internet for auto boutique shops that carry quality custom seat covers.

And that's it. You're good to go!
 
MONSOON CARE FOR CAR INTERIORS

The monsoon brings with it a few hassles (read nightmares) for cars and car owners. Keeping your set of wheels in top form during the wet months is a tough askance and preventing water from seeping into the car is very important and equally difficult.

Cars these days are more than just boxes with an engine and four wheels. Their interiors are more complicated. Here are some tips to keeping your interiors dry when rain is sloshing around you:

• Floor mats and monsoons do not go together. Floor mats tend to soil and wet very quickly and in the monsoons it gets worse. Try using an old set of floor mats for the monsoons, you can throw them always after the rains and it wouldn’t matter much if they get soiled.
• Fabric mats make better absorbers of water than rubber mats.
• Make sure, your feet or footwear are dry before getting behind the wheel. Wet shoes and socks can slip off the pedals.
• Ventilation is one the more important aspects for monsoons. If you car interior is wet, roll down the windows and let the interiors dry. Also be sure to vacuum the interiors regularly and clean mud and dirt off them.
• The interiors can also smell stale due to moisture within the car. Use a car perfume to rid your interiors of the smell.

(ad) A pleasant fragrance has a stimulating effect. Ambi Pur Car is an Innovative Car Perfume that acts on your senses and adds the finishing touch to the 'good looking' interior. It comes in four flavours, Aqua, Vanilla Bouquet, After Tobacco and the latest flavour Tropic! This will help keep the interior clean and smelling pleasant.
 
DOES YOUR CAR HAVE BAD BREATH?

Do you open the door of your car and get knocked over by the smell that wafts through your nostrils? If your car has been gripped by a particularly pungent and unpleasant odour, it can be hard to get it out. Here is how you can get those smells out of your car forever.

Know The Smell To Get Rid Of It!
You need to understand that smell comes from one basic thing – moisture. Moisture creates mould and mildew. Humidity in the car will ensure that the smell from mould and mildew will linger for a long time.

“Smell The Smell” Part
Determine how deep the smell is. Carpet smells can be from the padding beneath. While surface smells can be easily exterminated, don't make it worse by soaking the entire area and spreading it deeper and wider. If the smell is deep, carefully soak only the affected area with something to kill mold/mildew and neutralize smells.

Dealing With Spills And Pet Smells, Urines Etc.
If there is a spill or if your pet has just messed up in your car, contrary to the basic cleaning methodology; DO NOT SOAK THE ENTIRE AREA WITH SOAPY WATER! This will only drive most smells deeper (and abet them to linger longer!!) Use a cloth or a sponge to soak up as much as possible. Do this by placing towels over the area and stepping on the towels with your shoes, or pressing with your hands. Let the area dry. Later, treat or clean the area with a cloth dipped in soapy solution and wipe dry again. If odour persists, you could just add some talcum powder on it.

The Soapy Villain
Don’t even think about sloshing your interiors with buckets of soapy solution (unless you want your car to smell of rotten eggs). It is one of the main reasons for a sour smelling interior and getting rid of the smell becomes very difficult.

SUPER TIP!
Feeling good to be in a car is very much an essential part of driving itself. So, ensure that your car smells good! A pleasant fragrance on our way to work would help in stimulating and enhancing your alertness and your aptitude for work. Ambi Pur Car is an Innovative Car Perfume that acts on your senses and adds the finishing touch to the 'good' driving experience. It comes in three flavours, Aqua, Vanilla Bouquet and After Tobacco!
 
CHECK IF YOUR CAR’S PROPERLY ALIGNED BY LOOKING FOR THESE

The warning signs suggesting the need for alignment are easy to spot. Watch out for these...

Tyres
• One or more tires demonstrate excessive wear on one side,
• The tires exhibit uneven wear but with "feathered" edges on the treads.
• Tires have worn out in a cupped, scalloped or diagonal stripe pattern at edges or across the tread.

Steering
• The steering feels stiffer than it used to,
• The wheel does not return to the centre position when released,
• The car feels skittish as if riding "on tip-toes",
• The steering wheel is cocked to one side when the front wheels are pointing straight ahead.

Car Drive
• The car wants to pull to one side, tends to wander or weave, or is subject to front end "shimmy"
• The car wants to move "crab-like" on the road, with the rear end cocked off to one side while moving straight ahead.

The Three Basic Wheel Angles Are...
• Camber: The inward or outward tilt of a wheel compared to a vertical line.
• Caster: The degree that the car's steering axis is tilted forward or backward from the vertical as viewed from the side of the car.
• Toe: Refers to the directions in which two wheels point relative to each other.
(Not every angle applies to every wheel, and not all angles are adjustable on all cars.)

Did You Know That...
Today Four-wheel alignment is a standard service essential on vehicles with front wheel drive (FWD) and independent rear suspension. The rear wheels should follow the fronts in a parallel path otherwise they cause a condition called "rear axle steer," which can affect tyre wear and the vehicle's stability.
 


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