Autumn Leaves And Your Vehicle

By: The Auto Guy Email
By: The Auto Guy Email

Leaves are beautiful in the fall, but they can be a real problem for your vehicle. For example, if you get leaves accumulating along the lower part of your windshield area, they can not only be a nuisance for your wipers, but they can affect the inside of the vehicle as well.

There is usually a fresh air intake that runs under your windshield and that can get filled with leaves. If that air intake gets blocked, you will not be getting much fresh air into the car and that can affect your defroster because it needs to have fresh air to be able to defrost your windows.

On some newer vehicles there is also what’s called a cabin filter and sometimes they are located out there as well. All of that leaf debris can clog that filter and you will really have a hard time getting fresh air into the vehicle.

Here is how you change the filter. There is usually a cover that needs to be removed to get to the filter. Once you have the cover removed, simply slide the old cabin air filter out.

Having a plugged filter will not only block fresh air from coming inside of your car, it might even contain contaminants such as mold, which is obviously bad for your health.

Now you’re ready to slide the new filter into place and you will have plenty of clean, fresh air coming into the inside of your vehicle. Leaves can also affect the paint finish on your vehicle if they are allowed to get wet and stay on the vehicle for an extended period of time.

The best way to avoid leaf stains is to simply keep your vehicle washed and waxed on a regular basis.

Driving on cold, wet leaves can be a real concern because they can be almost as slick as ice and snow. So be careful on the roads over the next few weeks as the leaves and the temperatures continue to drop.


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