The proper care of your roof rack is important if you use it frequently when traveling and your vehicle is kept outside in the weather. The roof rack on your vehicle is a component that needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.
If you neglect your roof rack, the worst case scenario will be the loss of damage of your luggage or sports gear. You can use a simple procedure to ensure the proper care of your roof rack.
1. Checking for Damage
Examine the roof rack for on your vehicle for any obvious damage. You will then need to remove your roof rack to perform a closer inspection.
Wash the roof rack with soap and water to remove any dirt or debris from the rails. Dry the roof rack with a towel or let it air dry.
You will then need to lubricate all the parts. This includes all bolts, washers, knobs and other parts that on the roof rack. If you live near salt water, then replace all the bolts, washers and screws with stainless steel parts. Corroded parts will also need to be replaced. You should also look for signs of rust. The use of a rustproof paint is the best option to repair any rust spots.
Reinstall the roof rack on your vehicle and tighten all the bolts. Make sure that you do not over tighten any of the bolts. Verify that all the parts are secure and that none are loose. You do not want to have equipment come off when traveling. Check all rubber and plastic pieces for cracks.
5. Rack Loads
Do not attach too many pieces to your roof rack. Too many items can overload the carrying capacity and cause damage to your vehicle. If you are considering replacing the roof rack on your vehicle, then look for a new system that has the least resistance to wind. You should also make sure that any load on your roof rack is properly balanced.
6. Tie Downs
Examine all straps that are used to secure luggage and equipment to the rails. You should replace straps that look frayed or have latches that are loose.
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