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Keeping Your Vehicle In Great Condition

Mold Causes All Kinds Of Troubles For A Car

by Ana King

Those little knocks and pings a driver hears from a car's engine usually leads to a trip to the local garage. Few drivers are going to ignore mechanical problems because they realize little noises may be indicative of big problems. Minor scratches or dents do not raise alarms. Neither do slight smells, even moldy and musty ones. Ignoring mildew smells inside a car is a bad idea though because mold may be growing. Mold absolutely can do a lot of damage not only to the cosmetic interior, but also to various parts.

Mold Creates Damage

Mold can spread throughout a car and cause serious havoc. Mold spreading to the interior could literally eat away at vinyl and carpeting. These cosmetic problems are annoying and costly, but at least they are somewhat manageable. Mold could possibly spread under the hood and into the engine and impact numerous components. While mold may not be able to eat metal, mold can affix to various rubber hoses under the hood.

Mold Harms Rubber

In time, the mold will destroy the rubber, necessitating replacements. Hoses damaged by mold could also create safety risks when driving. Rubber hoses may be connected to fuel lines, hydraulic systems, water pumps, and more. Once the rubber is damaged, major mechanical problems may result. Again, safety becomes compromised.

Mold Yields Health Hazards

Even before the hoses go, a safety risk is present. Exposure to mold spores is not exactly going to be beneficial to someone breathing in those spores. This is why ignoring the smell is so unwise. Mold has a tendency to collect in the air conditioning system. When the air conditioner turns on, spores travel through the vents, into the car, and into the lungs of the person driving.

Mold Spreads Easy

Moisture helps mold grow. Leaving a window open - even just a crack - allows for moisture to get in. If rain comes through an open window, mold is obviously going to have helpful moisture in which to spread. Not so obvious may be minor radiator or water pump leaks. These leaks could end up nourishing mold and should be fixed. Even without the mold problem, the leaks need to be addressed.

Visit an Auto Service Shop

Having a serious interior car wash job performed is a must, but so is cleaning out or replacing hoses or other components under the hood that may be mold infested. Sometimes, the fix may require little more than an engine cleaning or a flush. Or the mold could have done major damage. No one will know until a mechanic at an auto shop like Professional Automotive checks things out.