The recent Taal Volcano eruption has wreaked havoc to Filipinos, particularly to those living nearby its vicinity in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, as well as to residents in Metro Manila due to its proximity to the famed volcano. It has already caused thousands of families to evacuate, not to mention billions in property damage.
It is already in its phreatic eruption stages, throwing infinite amounts of volcanic ash several kilometers up in the air and scattering them all over. With this, we worry about these volcanic ashes since their finite sharp particles are not just harmful to our health, they can also damage properties, particularly our cars. Good thing Ford Philippines handed out some helpful vehicle maintenance tips for car owners whose vehicles have been affected by volcanic ash from the Taal Volcano eruption:
1. Keep vehicles under cover as much as possible.
2. Do not remove ash by sweeping or brushing as it may cause scratches on the vehicle body. Remove by rinsing with water using a garden hose on low pressure while wearing appropriate dust mask and eye gear.
3. Lift wiper blades clear of the windscreen and ensure both glass and wiper rubbers are cleared from ash deposits.
4. Ensure the areas around the fuel door and door opening are cleaned prior to refueling your vehicle to avoid contaminants from entering the fuel tank.
5 Engine air cleaner should be inspected by a qualified technician and replaced where dust accumulation has occurred.
6.Under hood and engine bay area should also be inspected and cleaned by a qualified personnel to avoid any damage.
7. For people driving in areas with heavy ash fall, have the pollen filter replaced at the first opportunity to ensure it does not clog up evaporators and they do not breathe in any contaminants.
8. Avoid driving while significant ash deposits remain on the road. If driving cannot be avoided, use the vehicle climate control system on recirculated air mode to reduce unwanted dust and odor from entering your vehicle.