Be-Leaf it! Fall Leaves Can Damage your Car
Be aware of falling foliage and take extra care to protect your vehicle
As the vibrant hues of autumn start to paint our surroundings, it’s essential to remember that those beautiful fall leaves can be more than just picturesque. How harmful could a little leaf be? What about several? As harmless as they may seem, you better be-leaf that leaves can cause some serious damage to your car.
🍁 Paint Peril: Dry leaves are rough and abrasive. When you drive through areas with piles of leaves, the wind can swirl them up and onto your car’s surface, acting as sandpaper and causing unsightly scratches.
🌿 Leaf Fossils: Leaves don’t just scratch; they decompose where they land, releasing acidic substances like sap and pollen. Mix in water, snow, and ice, and you’ve got a blend of natural acids and toxins that can cause leaf fossils, leading to pitting, corrosion, and rust.
🍃 Engine Woes: Leaves can accumulate between the body and hood, blocking engine air intake filters, clogging radiators, and constricting cabin air filters. Plus, rotting leaves can produce mold, making the air in the car dangerous to breathe.
🔥 Fire Hazard: Leaves trapped in your engine can catch fire. Not exactly what you want to experience!
But fear not! Here are some tips to keep your ride leaf-free and safe:
1️⃣ Be mindful while passing through piles of dry and wet leaves.
2️⃣ Clear your car of any leaves before driving off. Use your hands to pick off the accessible ones. If there are tricky ones, use a leaf blower with caution.
3️⃣ Park your car away from areas where leaves won’t accumulate underneath your car.
4️⃣ Keep your car clean by visiting Mr. Magic Car Wash once a week. Our Protect or Magic Shine Wash will prevent residue build-up of acidic substances, sap, pollen, and dirt.
5️⃣ Make vehicle maintenance a habit! Regular care will help your vehicle look great for longer.
With these tips in mind, your car will maintain its beauty and functionality throughout the fall season. Have questions about maintaining your ride’s awesome paint job? Check out our blog for more tips and tricks on preventing further damage.