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Preparing your car for monsoon

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 17:30:18-04
Every year, Tucson drivers spend thousands of dollars in repairs after their cars get damaged in the rain. As we head into the rainy season it's important for drivers to make sure their cars are monsoon ready.
Despite the danger, some motorists take the risk and try driving through flooded roads. They often getting stuck or swept away. John Amstutz with Brake Max says that can cause major damage to your car.
"People going into the washes and water being sucked up into the engine air intake and that gets water in the engine and can damage the engine."
It's a move that could cost a lot of money.
"Anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. If you happen to go through high water levels and your engine quits, it's probably best not to start it or try to," said Amstutz.
"You want to make sure there's not water in the cylinders. If there's water in the cylinders and the piston comes up and wants to compress that water, that's when it creates damage."
Other things you can do to stay safe include checking your wiper blades, tires and brakes. 
"Look for tearing of the blades, on the ends sometimes they don't wipe at all they're just so worn out. Hydroplaning can be an issue, tires that are worn, that can cause hydroplaning and stopping distance is reduced
 and make sure you can slow down. In wet weather, you want to give yourself extra room to stop, because if brakes are wet they're not going to stop as efficiently."
Prepping your car for monsoon could help give it more time on the road and less time in the shop.