When you think about winter, you usually obsess about ice, snow, and cold. But what about all the sand and salt that comes with it? Yes, we realize that they serve in the interest of public safety. The salt aids in melting ice even if it’s freezing. The sand holds the salt in place. But, they can really create some big issues for a vehicle, damaging its finish, compounding rust and even ruining driving performance. Hoods, doors, fenders, and tailgates are most susceptible to rust since they hold a lot of moisture.
So, when the season begins for those wintry mixes, follow these steps from the pros:
Wax before the winter
Wax safeguards the paint surface like an invisible shield. Make sure to put on a good, strong coat before the winter season begins to shield it from corrosive salt. Seal the undercarriage too either with a car care expert or on your own.
Keep clean tires
Before winter begins, be sure your tires are salt-free and clean. Then keep inspecting and cleaning all during the cold months. Otherwise, they’ll hold on to bad winter stuff that will destroy your vehicle’s body.
Don’t depend on the car wash
The water used at car washes: if it’s “repurposed,” it might contain bits of salt. To guarantee total quality control, go to a DIY car wash with high-pressure hoses, so you can spray the salt off difficult to reach spots such as behind fenders and beneath wheel wells. Spray the undercarriage as well. You can also use a lawn sprinkler, turning it on underneath for a few minutes.
Dodge “salt magnets”
Look out for driving through big puddles of water. Not only do they collect a lot of slimy dirt, but they’re also magnets for road salt.