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Hello, my name is Francis and this is my auto accessories blog. Last year, I purchased a vintage camper van. I had always dreamt of owning a camper van so I could drive around Australia, exploring the towns, cities and the countryside. However, when I finally took ownership of the van, I quickly realised why it had been for sale at such a low price. The van was missing a lot of accessories such as the original gear stick, the wing mirrors and the seat covers. Thankfully, my friend who is an auto expert, taught me how to find the perfect accessories for the van.

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3 Signs to Replace Car Floor Mats

by Roger Jackson

Floor mats are an integral part of your car, although most drivers never think about them, particularly regarding maintenance. As you wear down the mats with your feet, they become less effective in keeping dirt and liquids away from the fabric below. Over time, mildew grows on the fabric, and your car starts to smell funky. Therefore, car owners should know when it is time to replace their floor mats. Here are critical signs that your floor mats need immediate replacement.

Bunching 

You know it is time to replace your car floor mats when they start to lift and bunch. Bunching refers to the folds on the mats, which occur as they lose their rigidity. The folds can be quite frustrating because you have to straighten them regularly, even while driving. It is very dangerous because losing concentration on the road for a moment can cause a serious accident. Additionally, the folds can prevent you from pressing down the accelerator or brake pedals fully. Since it is impossible to restore the floor mats' structural integrity, the best cause of action is to replace them.

Mat Slips Constantly 

Floor mats in a new car are held in place by the high friction between the mats and the carpet below. However, car mats tend to lose their grip as the underside gradually loses its roughness. Consequently, the mat does not stay in place and continuously slips around the floor. Therefore, a driver is forced to readjust the mat's position on the floor frequently, and if it gets serious, the floor pad could get in the way of the pedals. Thus, if you notice that you are continually pulling the floor rug from underneath the seat or the side, it is time to get a new one. It will save you the frustration and increase your confidence, knowing that nothing will get in your way as you brake or accelerate.

Funky Floor Smell 

Bad odour inside a car can come from different places. It could be mildew from the air conditioning system or dump upholstery. However, if the two areas are clean, then the only explanation for a funky smell is a damp floor carpet. When liquids and dirt find their way through the mat to the carpet, the moisture promotes mildew growth. It usually happens if the rug has a hole or lifts on the side and allows fluids through. Even if your carpets seem OK, inspect them thoroughly to ensure no hidden holes or folding edges exist. If you find any flaws, remove the mats, clean the carpet and install new rugs.

To learn more about car floor mats, contact a local auto accessories shop.

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