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Do Autumn Leaves Damage Your Car?

Posted in Bigbox Motoring Advice

Published Thu Mar 28 2024

Do Autumn Leaves Damage Your Car?

As autumn paints the landscape with its vibrant hues, the falling leaves bring with them unseen dangers for our vehicles. Despite their picturesque charm, these leaves can wreak havoc on cars in various ways, from corroding paint to clogging essential components. 

Acidic Assault on Paintwork 

Dead leaves often contain acidic tree sap, which can slowly corrode a car's paint job if left unchecked. Prompt removal is key to preventing damage, but caution is necessary to avoid scratching the paint. Consider using a soft brush or microfiber cloth and invest in paint protection for more effective protection. 

Clearing Clogged Intakes and Drain Holes 

Leaves can infiltrate hidden areas of the car, such as air intakes and drain holes, leading to blockages that impede airflow and drainage. Regular inspections and prompt removal of debris are essential to prevent issues like mildew buildup and corrosion. 

Shielding Against Scratches 

The abrasive nature of fallen leaves poses a risk of scratching car windows and windshields, especially when using windshield wipers. Manual leaf removal and the use of gentle tools can help mitigate this risk, as well as investing in a high-quality car cover for added protection. 

Embrace Vigilance 

By adopting proactive measures such as regular inspections, prompt leaf removal and protecting our paint with paint protection, we can safeguard our cars against the hidden dangers of fallen leaves. Let's navigate through autumn's beauty while protecting our vehicles from harm. 

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