While pollen is certainly a hassle for most people, triggering itchy eyes and a runny nose, it’s not great for your car either. The thick layer of yellow dust is more than just an eyesore, it can cause expensive damage to your car if not dealt with properly. Plus, once it gets in your car, it will exacerbate your own allergies as it will be highly concentrated in a confined space. All in all, it’s best to take care of it before it becomes a problem. So, our import repair shop in Raleigh is sharing some tips on how you can keep your car cleaner inside and out and protect your car from pollen damage.
How Does Pollen Damage Your Car?
Pollen is considered “environmental fallout.” This means that even though it’s a naturally occurring substance, its presence can be damaging to materials - tree sap, decaying bugs, and bird droppings all fall under this umbrella, too. See, to the naked eye, you may just see pollen as being some sticky dust that attaches itself to everything. However, pollen has microscopic barbs that allow it to hold on to anything it lands on - great for pollination, not great for your car.
Not only is it abrasive, pollen is acidic, more so when it gets wet, so if left on your car, it can stain and corrode your paint. Because of its minute size, it can also get into your car, clogging up your air filters and leading to reduced performance and fuel efficiency.
Four Ways to Stop Pollen Damage to Your Car
So, now we know what pollen can do, how do we mitigate the damage? These five simple actions will go a long way to keeping your car looking better inside and out and running smoothly.
Wash Your Car
This may seem obvious, but a lot of people simply wait for the next rainstorm to take care of the pollen on their car. Instead, make sure you’re either taking it to a car wash or washing it by hand to get rid of all the pollen that’s hiding in all the nooks and crannies. If you wash your car by hand, don’t use Dawn dish soap and a sponge (don’t laugh, it happens more than you think!). Use a specific, automotive soap and a cleaning mitt or microfiber towels to clean your car thoroughly, then dry it with a clean, dry microfiber towel to prevent water spots.
Rinse Your Car Between Washes
You don’t want to just rely on quick rinses, but if you come outside and see a thick layer of pollen on your car and know you won’t be able to wash it for a few days, it’s okay to grab the hose and thoroughly rinse the pollen off your car. Again, this should be the second resort to washing it, but it’s better than leaving it to sit on your car - especially if dew and condensation has left it sticky. When rinsing your car, make sure you’re intentional in your actions - this means start from the top and thoroughly rinse your car, working the water all the way to the bottom, then dry it with a clean towel.
Add a Coat of Wax
After your car is dry, apply a layer of car wax as an added layer of protection. This not only adds an extra layer of protection, it also makes your car more slippery, so the pollen will be less likely to stick. Plus, your car will look cleaner and shinier - always a good thing!
We do want to note that if pollen is exceptionally thick on a particular day, don’t try to apply a coat of wax - you may inadvertently rub pollen into your car’s paint and cause tiny scratches that can turn into bigger problems later.
Change Your Filters
Don’t forget that pollen can get under the hood and clog up your engine air filter more quickly. While most import vehicles can go around 30,000 miles between changing the filter, you may want to keep a closer eye on it. A good import service center location will tell you if you need a new filter during your regular oil change, too.
Schedule Service At Our Raleigh Import Repair Shop
Don’t let pollen become problematic for your car. Follow the steps above, and schedule routine maintenance with our experienced team at Reliable Import Service in Raleigh. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today at 919-324-3019 or fill out ourcontact form.