A few vehicle friendly tips during these ashfall stricken times

January 13, 2020

By now, many of you are aware that Taal Volcano underwent a phreatic eruption and spewed out ashes. Many folks, especially those living close to the volcanic island, may have even experienced the ashfall firsthand.

While we cannot do anything about nature’s wrath, we can do our bit to ensure that our vehicles are safe. Ford Philppines does its part by sharing a few car care tips that may come in handy in times such as these.

  • It is best to keep your car under cover to avoid any untoward damage.
  • If your car, particularly the windshield does get dirty, it is advisable to lift the wipers and clean the glass and blades to avoid scratching the former.
  • It is also advised not to wipe or sweep the body as this may scratch your car’s paintwork. Use a garden hose with high pressure to rinse the ash off.
  • Have a qualified mechanic inspect your engine’s air cleaner to make sure that ash has not accumulated and clogged up the filters.
  • Make sure that the area around the fuel filler door are properly cleaned before filling up. This helps avoid fuel contamination, which can be dangerous for your vehicle’s engine.
  • Have the engine bay inspected, as well as the pollen filter. It’s to ensure that there are no ash deposits in either one and that each one does its job properly.
  • If you cannot avoid driving through ashfall, just proceed slowly, do not tailgate the vehicle ahead of you, and keep that airconditioning system in recirculate mode.

Whatever you do, keep safe while out on the ash-laden road. Stay safe, everyone!

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.