Every car owner needs to stay alert to the different challenges that arise as the seasons change. Winter often involves battling ice and snow, fall involves handling mounds of leaves, and summer involves dealing with intense heat and humidity that can threaten the inner workings of your vehicle.
You may be thinking that spring is one of the gentler seasons thanks to its mild temperatures and relatively settled weather. Unfortunately, however, this could not be further from the truth. Spring can represent a nightmare for car owners as pollen starts to make its way into the atmosphere. As well as aggravating allergies, it has the potential to settle on vehicles, creating an unpleasant yellow coat of dust.
Fortunately, however, there are a number of measures that you can take to protect your car from pollen. These include:
1. Give your car a thorough wash and wax before the pollen is released
Pollen tends to start appearing in April, so it is a good idea to wash and wax your car beforehand in order to protect it. Rubbing your vehicle with a thin layer of wax or sealant will make it more difficult for bits of pollen to attach themselves to the paintwork.
2. Look after your windshield wipers
Remember to wipe your front and rear windshield wipers with a damp cloth on a regular basis. This will prevent pollen from building up and affecting their functionality.
3. Apply water repellent to your windows and windshield
Coating your windshield and windows with water repellent will help to ensure that you are able to see clearly whilst driving. This is because it can help to prevent pollen build-up, which can, of course, seriously impact visibility.
4. Install some rain guards
The side-effects of pollen build-up are often worse after a spell of rain as it can creep into the interior of your car and leave clumpy deposits of pollen behind. In this way, it may be a good idea to invest in rain guards to prevent this from happening.
5. Look after your cabin air filter
If you have a pollen allergy, it is important to check how well your cabin air filter is working. Indeed, when the pollen count is high, your cabin air filter will help to keep the air inside your car clean.
Usually, the cabin air filter is located behind the glove box of a vehicle. If it is faulty, it will need replacing. This can be tricky, so many vehicle owners enlist a mechanic to help install a new one.
6. Look after your engine air filter
Finally, it is important that you check your engine air filter is working properly when pollen starts to appear. An old or faulty air filter will block the flow of air to your engine, potentially causing it to overheat. If this happens, your engine may become damaged or less efficient, and you will probably notice that your car starts to consume fuel less efficiently.
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