How to Protect Your Car Truck From Rusting Over the Winter
Rust can be a serious issue for your vehicle. The damage caused by rust can ruin body panels and even compromise the strength and rigidity of the vehicle’s frame. Prevent these issues by properly taking care of your vehicle’s exterior and taking action when signs of rust begin to appear. The best way to stop rust is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
In recent years, many state and local transportation departments have shifted from using rock salt to liquid de-icers (brine) to combat ice and snow on the roadways. These newer alternatives are more effective than traditional salt because they can be applied before a snowstorm, have a lower freezing point, and melt ice and snow faster.
However, these same characteristics are much more damaging to vehicles since the chemicals remain in liquid form longer and are more likely to coat components and seep into cracks and crevices where corrosion can accelerate.
As a result, cars incur rust-related damage to brake lines, fuel tanks, exhaust systems and other critical components. In the past five years, researchers noted, 22 million drivers have paid an average of nearly $500 to fix problems caused by rust from road de-icers — rivaling that other wintertime car foe, the pothole, which cost 30 million U.S. drivers between approximately $250 and $1,000 per incident in 2016.
Telltale signs of such damage include a spongy brake feel, loud exhaust or fumes around the vehicle, a gas or diesel smell when the vehicle is parked or running, and, of course, in-dash warning lights for susceptible vehicle systems.
Why Salt Is Used on Roads
In those parts of the country with freezing winter temperatures, drivers know that warming the cars up in the morning isn’t the only inconvenience. Icy roads are, too. The same chemical reaction between ice and salt that creates creamy, delicious ice cream also keeps our roads and sidewalks free of dangerous ice during the cold winter months.
A salt and sand mixture is frequently spread over roads before or after a snow or ice storm. Salt lowers water’s freezing point, causing any ice already formed to melt even though the air temperature remains well below freezing. The sand helps keep the salt in place, plus it adds a bit of traction to wet and often slushy roads.
While road salting helps people travel safely, it has drawbacks. It can cause major body and undercarriage damage to your vehicles unless you take extra care and precaution.
If you’re one of the many who must travel the saline streets in the land of the ice and snow, we have some great tips to help protect your vehicle from the ravages of road salt.
Preventing Road Salt Damage
Wax your car before winter: While the undercarriage is the most at risk, giving your whole vehicle a good coat of wax before bad weather begins is a great pre-game step.
Avoid puddles and plow trucks: Puddles can hold larger amounts of salt, and driving behind the plow means you will be the first to drive through a fresh layer of salt.
Pretreat your vehicle’s undercarriage: Collision shops offer an oil solution pre-treatment that can be sprayed on your vehicle’s exposed parts. This coating will help prevent salt and water from the road sticking to your vehicle’s metal parts.
Wash your vehicle after a snow storm: Get the salt off your car as soon as possible!
Use an under spray salt neutralizer: Just washing your car isn’t enough—you have to get the undercarriage clean. Choose a drive-through car wash or a hand wash that sprays under the vehicle.
Get a pre-winter inspection: A quick trip to your mechanic for a once-over is a great way to go into winter with a safe and fully-functional vehicle. Any indicator of wear and tear should be addressed before the temperatures drop.
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Prevention is cheaper than a cure.
When thinking about corrosion prevention, being proactive about corrosion control is the best way to protect your investments.
Once rust forms, it never really stops. That’s why when it comes to your precious vehicle, the best “cure” is preventative treatment. It is easy to forget that every road without ice this winter is likely covered in salts and chemicals that can be harmful for your vehicle. By being proactive in preventing rust damage in the winter, you can not only avoid unwelcome surprises in the spring but also help maintain your car or truck’s value for years to come.
You may be thinking, well, that’s easier said than done. The best solution is to use a preventative NH Oil Undercoating® to protect your vehicle from rust in the first place. But if you’re experiencing rust already, don’t fret—NH Oil Undercoating® will prevent further spread.