Deal­ing with un­wanted salt sea­son­ing on your ve­hi­cles

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY ADAM MACINIS

Salt may make driv­ing safer in win­ter by help­ing melt ice and snow, but it is no friend for the body of ve­hi­cles.

The rea­son is be­cause salt cor­rodes and can ac­cel­er­ate the rust for­ma­tion and spread on your ve­hi­cle.

Be­cause salt makes high­ways so much safer it’s un­likely its use will change any­time soon. In­stead those who work on ve­hi­cles say own­ers should take steps to pre­vent the cor­ro­sion.

Larry James an em­ployee of Fix Auto’s lo­ca­tion in New Glas­gow, N.S. said that while most cars come with a chip pro­tec­tion coat when they’re new, but over time that wears away and it’s im­por­tant to take steps to pro­tect your ve­hi­cle.

He said un­der­coat­ing is the best op­tion for pro­tect­ing against rust and rec­om­mends it be done an­nu­ally. He be­lieves it’s best to do it in the sum­mer when the weather is dry and the cars are at their clean­est.

Dave Koughan, of Bill Koughan Auto Body in Don­agh, P.E.I. agrees, but said as long as it’s done in the fall it should be ok. He said any­time be­fore Novem­ber is ac­cept­able.

James said they of­ten work on newer ve­hi­cles and try to reap­ply the chip pro­tec­tion when they’re work­ing on ve­hi­cles.

“It’s a process,” he said. “The sur­face has to be prepped and primed.” Then the chip guard is put on fol­lowed by paint. That’s some­thing most peo­ple aren’t go­ing to do un­less their ve­hi­cle has been dam­aged in an ac­ci­dent.

If peo­ple pay at­ten­tion to small spots though, they can save them­selves prob­lems down the road. James said it’s when you get a chip in the car or scratch that you usu­ally have rust spots start although rust will build up nat­u­rally through­out a car as it ages.

“We can’t seem to get away from it,” he said.

An­other prac­tice that the ex­perts both sug­gest is wash­ing your ve­hi­cle on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in the win­ter.

“It helps keep the salt off,” James said. He rec­om­mends par­tic­u­larly spray­ing in around the wheel wells.

Koughan said that can feel like a fu­tile ef­fort in long stretches of storms but if you can get a break in the weather, he be­lieves it can help.

An­other step that peo­ple can do to help pro­tect their ve­hi­cles is to lu­bri­cate hinges and also to put rub­ber care prod­ucts on the weather strip­ping of doors to keep them from freez­ing up.

This should ide­ally be done in the fall be­fore cold tem­per­a­tures come, but if you’ve pro­cras­ti­nated you could also take it into a garage or some­where warm to treat it.

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