Car sniffles

Air-con service could cure motorists' sick car syndrome

Published:  22 May, 2008

rong>RISING fuel costs could increase the risk of “Sick Car Syndrome” and leave motorists with a multi-million pound repair bill as they curb their air conditioning use, warns car warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.

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/>Air-con should be switched on at least once a week to help reduce the build up of fungal spores such as Cladosporium and Aspergillus, which multiply within a car’s ventilation while it isn’t being us

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/>However, as the price of a gallon of unleaded passes the £5 mark, motorists are more likely to use their air-con more sparingly say Warranty Direct. Air con raises fuel consumption by around 10% on average, depending on the type of vehi

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/>The build up of bacterial spores in the air vents can cause health problems, particularly for those already suffering from asthma, when the system is finally used again. Those without allergies may notice a damp, stale smell each time the air con is switched

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/>At the same time, failure to regularly use the air con increases the likelihood of mechanical failure. Prolonged periods of non-use can cause parts to seize or corro

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