Nigeria is fully in its rainy season and the rainy season is the catalyst for many environmental changes. These changes affect vehicles as well. A common issue car owners notice in their vehicles during the rainy season is leakage from the roof.
Because the weather in Nigeria is usually dry and cars are washed intermittently, it’s easy for leakage in the roof to go unnoticed. When the rainy season is in full swing and heavy rainfall occurs nearly every day, leakage is evident.
If you don’t have this problem with your vehicles, consider yourself lucky. To keep it that way, here are the steps you can take to prevent the roof of a car from leaking:
Inspect and clean the roof
Regularly examine the roof of your car for any signs of damage or wear, such as cracks, rust, or loose parts. Clean the roof surface thoroughly to remove any dirt, debris, or leaves that could cause clogging or damage.
Check and maintain the weather stripping
The weather stripping around the doors and windows prevents water from entering the car. Inspect the weather stripping for any signs of deterioration or damage. If you notice any issues, replace the damaged weather stripping promptly.
Repair or replace damaged roof components
If you identify any damaged or missing parts on the roof, such as antenna seals, sunroof seals, or roof rack attachment points, make sure to repair or replace them. Damaged components can create entry points for water.
Inspect and maintain the sunroof
If your car has a sunroof, it’s essential to inspect it regularly for any signs of leaks. Clean the sunroof drains to ensure they are free from debris. Lubricate the seals and mechanisms as recommended by the manufacturer.
Use a sealant or roof treatment
Applying a suitable automotive sealant or roof treatment can help enhance the roof’s water resistance. Follow the instructions provided by the product manufacturer to use it correctly and achieve the best results.
Be cautious with car washes
Automated car washes that use high-pressure water can sometimes cause leaks or exacerbate existing ones. If you suspect a leak or have recently had repairs done, consider using hand washing or touchless car wash methods to minimize the risk.
Park under the shelter or use a car cover
Whenever possible, park your car under cover, such as in a garage or carport, to protect it from prolonged exposure to rain and other elements. If covered parking is not available, using a car cover specifically designed for your vehicle can provide additional protection.
Address leaks promptly
If you notice water entering your car or signs of a leak, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly. Water leaks can lead to interior damage, mold, and electrical problems if left untreated. Consult a professional mechanic or an automotive specialist to diagnose and repair the source of the leak.
It’s always a good idea to refer to your car’s owner’s manual for specific guidance on maintaining and preventing leaks in your vehicle model. Ensure that you drive safely during this rainy season. For tips on how to do that, read our blog post on how to drive in the rain here.