Rust is the biggest threat to a vehicle’s undercarriage. Over time, rust can eat into all sorts of components located underneath your car leaving you to cover hefty repair bills or forcing you to find a replacement sooner than you would have liked.
The salt used on roads in cold climates is considered to be the most common cause of rust on vehicles. For vehicles used in coastal areas, saltwater can have a similar effect on your vehicle as well.
Salt is known to speed along the oxidation process in metals in a number of ways. First and foremost, salt is a catalyst in the oxidation reaction between moisture and metal. Secondly, salt is hygroscopic, meaning that it attracts moisture, leading to the formation of more rust when attached to a metal surface. Since salt does not get used up, this process repeats itself over and over again.
Now that you understand how dangerous salt can be on your vehicle’s underside it may be a good idea to have your car’s underneath inspected by one of the local garages Kettering. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can protect it.
Thorough Under Car Cleaning
Since salt and mud deposits on your vehicle’s undercarriage are the main contaminants that lead to the formation of rust, it is recommended that you thoroughly clean them off. You can do this by using a pressure washer.
You can leave it at that or go a step further and apply a degreaser to the entire undercarriage and leave it to sit for about twenty minutes. Once it has done its magic, wash the area again with a pressure washer and if necessary, use a brush to scrub off any remaining debris. Finish off the cleaning process with another pressure wash.
You can stop after thoroughly cleaning the vehicle’s undercarriage. However, this does not offer the ongoing protection provided by rust-proof coatings. Here you have the option of going with Waxoyl or an oil undercoat. The former offers protection for an extended period due to the fact that it’s hard to wash off. Waxoyl hardens and adheres to the vehicle’s undercarriage. Before applying any of these products, ensure that the entire surface is clean and dry.
When applying coatings it is worthwhile to follow some simple rules. For starters, it is recommended that you avoid spraying any coatings that can burn off over surfaces that usually get hot such as the exhaust pipe and engine.
Using a rubberised coating over panels that need to be opened regularly will also make it a challenge to do so in future.
As a rule of thumb, oil coatings should be used on metal surfaces that do not heat up such as brake and fuel lines; while rubberised coatings should be used on nuts and bolts.
By following the above information you can be able to increase the lifespan of your vehicle by protecting it against the damaging effects of rust caused by direct exposure to salt and moisture. If you don’t think you can complete the above process on your own, consider taking your car to a professional maintenance service provider.