Carpets are custom-molded to give you and your passengers comfort during long commutes. Aside from providing your feet with comfort, carpets also help regulate the temperature inside your car. Their padded design allows your car's air conditioning system to use less Freon and power to provide the optimum comfortable temperature within the car's cabin. Carpets also serve as sound absorbers and diffusers from the road noise while driving. Unfortunately, carpets are also susceptible to wear and damage over time. Dirt, fading, foul odors, and even mold can easily damage your car's carpet. If these issues arise, it's time to check your Toyota Tercel's carpet. Here are some common issues encountered with the Toyota Tercel carpet:
Clogged HVAC or air conditioning tubes can cause moisture to build up on your car's carpet. Water can drip down the passenger side's carpet, leaving it wet. Cracks forming near your car's doors can also let water seep in. Faulty rubber door seals may leave openings, allowing water into the car. Even a damaged evaporator box can leave your carpet wet. Find the exact source of the moisture and repair it immediately. Remember that molds and bacteria thrive in damp, dark places like underneath your car's carpet. Let your car sit in direct sunlight for about an hour to completely dry the wet carpet.
Mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark places, like beneath your car's carpet. Moisture and water seeping through your carpet will help mold grow and thrive. Once mold or mildew grows on your carpet, it may lead to health problems and upper respiratory infection. A good carpet shampoo must be used to clean the affected area. Make sure to brush the area thoroughly to kill the mold and mildew. Sunlight and fresh air can help dry the carpet and kill any remaining mold growth on it.
Over time, your car's carpet will suffer from wear, fading, and odor. Wear can be caused by improper maintenance, while fading is due to emissions from your car's heating systems as well as exposure to direct sunlight. Odor, on the other hand, can be due to mold growth and moisture. Clean your car carpet and apply a deodorizer or disinfectant to remove the odor from it. If it's beyond repair or cleaning, replace the damaged carpet immediately.