Hi All, This article is directed at sharing some tips and tricks that can be done to ensure that your car/bike remains safe and operational during the monsoon season. Other than not taking it out, and keeping it covered for the whole season , here are some things that can be done to ensure that it lasts the monsoons well and continues giving you kilometer after kilometer of trouble free running. In no particular order, starting with Bikes first - 1) Inspect everything - For starters, check everything on your bike. Inspect the tyres, the level of groove depth, the brakes, the cables ( Throttle, accelerator, brake ), everything. - Check the front and rear brakes and ensure that the drums have adequate amount of lining on the brake pads ( can be checked by viewing the brake wear indicator on the outside of the drum ). - On a bike with Disc brakes, ensure that the brake fluid is at the right mark, and no leaks are visible anywhere. - Check for signs of rusting on the bike frame/engine etc. Make a note of areas observed with rust. - The Airfilter hose to the carburettor should be secured properly, should not have any source of leakage or a loose fit. - Spark plug cap is a must must must inspection item. Should be in good condition and not cut or broken anywhere. Any amount of moisture can spoil the cap from functioning properly and will kill your bike's engine and leave you stranded. - Check the underside of the exhaust for rusting/rust holes ( More relevant on older bikes ). - Ensure that all lights/horns are functioning properly. Rear lights are very very important to ensure visibility. If your bike has a tendency to blow the rear bulbs frequently, I would suggest keeping a few spare. Remember visibility to others is also essential under heavy downpour. - Chain should be tight, no slackness and no muck on it. 2) Actions to be taken - Invest in the following - 1) a can of WD40 2) a can of Rustlik or similar rust removal/protection spray 3) a jar of Vaseline or industrial petroleum jelly. 1) WD-40 - Spray WD40 liberally in the lock sets ( ignition, fuel filler and side lock ). This will ensure a smooth operation and also ensure that no water sets in and corrodes the lock. - Open the fuel filler and spray the same around and under the fuel filler. If you spray some on the tank mouth, no harm, it will keep water from collecting there. - Also areas to be sprayed - Front steering stem ( the bearings on either side of the neck ) - Swing arm bushes - Axles ( F + R ) - Chain ( However remember, this is not to lubricate, but to keep it clean and water free ). - Gear and brake levers ( both foot and hand ). Areas not to spray I say this once and I hope that everyone who attempts this, does not, I repeat does not spray WD40 on the brakes/brakepads/liners/drums in any way. This was create a loss of friction, and the bike will simply not stop. 2) Rustlik - - Areas to be sprayed - Front and rear rims ( if you are still riding a spoked wheel motorcycle ) - Exhaust assembly, especially the underside of the silencer - Stands ( main and side) - Under chassis. Basically any and all areas that are gong to be in direct contact with water, or will be submerged in it, require a coating of anti-rust spray. This will again keep water from collecting, but most importantly will keep rust from forming or spreading. 3) Vaseline - - Apply liberally on the battery terminals and the rims, especially around the spokes and the hub. Again if you have spoked wheels on your motorcycle, ensure that you coat each and every spoke with it. This will keep rust from forming and keep the metal surface in pristine condition longer. 3) Cover everything - But not everything all the time. - Remember water has a tendency to get into the tiniest of gaps/crevices.. Thats how mountains crumble ( when the water in the crevices freezes and turns to ice and expands and pushes the rock apart, though not a geology class, lets get back ) - This creates an issue of keeping all the nooks and crannies clean in your bike. - Actions that can be done. 1) Remove tank, seat and any and all panels that you can do so yourself easily. - Clean and cover everything with either WD40 or Rustlik. Again its about creating a protective layer between the metal and the water, so that it does no damage to the structure. However if you are from the south of the country, and have invested in one of those bike handlebar covers that covers the meters and the handlebars, and the tank cover that covers the side of the engine, this is for you. - From time to time, whenever the weather is dry and sunny, remove all covers and park bike in the open for all the hidden water to dry out. If you have already covered/protected everything with the coatings mentioned above, you will not have any issue drying your bike out. - For areas that dont have adequate sunlight or are mostly wet only, invest in a good leaf blower, and every evening after riding in the rain, just make it a habit to blast all the water accumulated on the bike. This will help keep rust at bay. 4) Ride sensibly Writers block. Will update in sometime.