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Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Salt and Sand (798 hits)

When it comes to winter, we tend to obsess about snow, ice and cold. But what about all the salt and sand that come with these often nasty elements? Yes, we appreciate that they serve in the interest of public safety—the salt helps melt ice even if it’s freezing, and the sand keeps salt in place. But they can really inflict some major punishment upon a vehicle, destroying its finish, increasing rust and even hurting driving performance. Doors, fenders, hoods and tailgates are most vulnerable to rust because they retain a lot of moisture.

So when the season starts for those wintry mixes, consider these steps from the experts at dmv.org:

Wax before the winter
Wax protects the paint surface like an invisible shield. Be sure to apply a good, strong coat before the winter season starts to guard it from corrosive salt. Seal the undercarriage as well, either on your own or via a car-care professional.

Keep clean tires
Before winter starts, make sure your tires are clean and salt-free. Then keep checking and cleaning throughout the cold months. Otherwise, they’ll kick up bad winter “stuff” that will pummel your vehicle’s body.

Don’t count on the car wash
We’re usually big fans of recycling. But we make an exception for the water used at car washes. If it’s “repurposed” water, then it may contain traces of salt. To ensure total quality control, use a DIY car wash with high-pressure hoses, so you can spray the salt off hard-to-reach areas—like beneath wheel wells and behind fenders. Hose off the undercarriage too. (Or, when you get home, take a lawn sprinkler and turn it on underneath for a few minutes. Change its position accordingly to get the entire undercarriage.)

Dodge “salt magnets”
Watch out for driving through large puddles of water. Not only do they pick up a lot of slimy dirt, but they’re also magnets for road-crew salt.

for more tips on how to keep your car from the dangers of the winter, go to https://bit.ly/2ABldc4
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Friday, February 8th 2019 at 9:01PM
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