The rainy season is upon us once again. The dark clouds are not just there to bring raindrops, they also pose several threats to your car, especially now that flash floods seem to be a common occurrence in the Philippines. These six items are better of inspected by a mechanic in our dealership with the vehicle on the lift. Remember that a vehicle in top shape will have a better chance of staying reliable and efficient. Service Reminders: Wipers – Your wipers may not have seen much action during the summer months, but now is the time for them to shine. Always change your wiper blades every other year by either changing the rubber part of the blade or having the entire blade replaced, to ensure constant visibility. Tires - Inspect tires for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tires should have a good amount of tread left. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, all the way around. Get the pressures right at a garage - if they're wrong you'll burn more fuel, wear the tyres and suffer poor handling. Don't forget to check your spare tire as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Also, don’t forget to have your wheels aligned to help the car avoid visible obstructions such as potholes and bumps which are usually submerged in water during the rainy season. Battery - Stay charged. Batteries can fail any time of the year. Check battery to make sure it’s strong and has clean terminals. During rainy days they undergo immense pressure from the headlights, air conditioning, wipers and even radio being turned on all at once. Have a mechanic test your battery to determine whether it is still up for the job in terms of output and charging time. Lights - Visibility is one of the most basic necessities for a car driver. Go through all your lights – indicator, brake, dip, full beam, fog and so on – one by one. Either get a friend to watch for blown bulbs, or park by a white wall or shop window one night to see them yourself. In addition, check to see if your electric windows are working- you don’t want yourself or your passengers to get wet. Oils - all fluids are at their proper levels and you have a full tank of gas. Without oil your engine will overheat, weld itself together and self-destruct. Brakes - This should be inspected as recommended in owner’s manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.