KELOWNA, B.C. — Truckers operating in the fire ravaged Okanagan should take steps to protect their trucks from being damaged by smoke, dust and ash.
Ash buildup is acidic and can damage a truck’s paint, so owners should wash their truck frequently if it’s exposed to large amounts of forest fire smoke, advises the B.C. Automobile Association (BCAA).
The BCAA also recommends all vehicle owners clean their air filter by removing it and tapping it gently to remove dust buildup. The air filter housing unit should also be cleaned out with a vacuum cleaner. The air filter should be checked every few weeks, the BCAA advises.
Also keep the air intake area clear of pine needles, dirt and dust to avoid the contaminants from entering the truck cab through the air conditioning system or heaters.
The BCAA recommends keeping windshield washer fluid topped off and wipers in good operating order to avoid grit from building up on windshields.
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