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Spring Pollen and Your Vehicle

Clean the Pollen Off Your Car

Here in the South in early spring, blooming trees and plants release tremendous amounts of pollen. A greenish-yellow dust settles everywhere along house tops, the ground and everything in between — including on your car. In just a couple days your vehicle can end up looking like a tennis ball.

Generally, pollen itself is not especially harmful. For humans, it makes it harder for some of us to breathe or is a general discomfort — a problem best left to your doctor. When pollen settles on any surface, it typically stays there until wind or rain removes it. For car owners, though, leaving pollen in place is not just unsightly; it could also damage the paint.

Leaving pollen on your car or waiting for nature to provide assistance does your finish no good. The acidity within the pollen grain can lead to premature oxidation and stain the paint on your car. If you keep your cars in a garage, this is great way to minimize pollen build up.

Other than that, be sure to wash — or at least rinse your vehicle once a week. Check out our tips for cleaning your car like a pro. If you have been adding a seasonal polish and a synthetic wax, it will help reduce the likelihood of pollen oxidation and prolong the appearance of your vehicle’s paint. Most of the pollen will come off with just a rinse. Then proceeding with your normal washing method, you’ll get the rest of the dirt and pollen off.

Don’t Forget To Check Under The Hood

If you clean the pollen off your car at least once a week, you’ve got a head start on fighting back at pollen. But don’t forget what’s being affected under the hood of your car. Here are some things you want to have checked when you are looking underneath the hood:

  • An air filter inspection and replacement if necessary
  • Fuel filter replacement
  • Cleaning your fuel injection system
  • Emission testing

The pollen is pretty aggressive here. It is not a bad idea to consider paying some attention to these vehicle systems as well as the vehicle’s exterior. This is a good time to make sure your vehicle’s engine and filtration systems are not bogged  down by high pollen counts to be sure everything will be running efficiently in the upcoming hot summer months.

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