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How Do I Prevent Damage to My Car from Road Salt?

It goes without saying that winter weather brings hazardous conditions for drivers throughout Massachusetts. The most obvious damage can be dents from snow or ice, but road salt can also harm your car. Road salt damage can negatively affect the body of your car, brake and fuel lines.

Because of the hazards that winter weather poses, sand and salt is dumped on roads before, during and after there is any snow. To reduce the temperature of snow, salt is used and keeps the roads clear and unfrozen. An additional benefit of salt is that it adds extra traction to your car’s tires.

For the most part, salt is beneficial for cars, but it can also be harmful. If you’re not scheduling maintenance for your car, the road salt can cause it to rust. Follow our suggestions below to prevent damage to your car:

Before it Snows

  • As fall comes to an end, thoroughly wash your entire car. The underside of your car can be the most vulnerable to rust so make sure to pay extra attention there.
  • Once your car is clean, protect the paint by applying a coat of wax and wax sealant.
  • Inspect your car, brake and fuel lines for any existing rust damage. It’s important to maintain these areas because corrosion will only get worse in the winter.

Tips for Winter Maintenance

  • To prevent your floor from rusting, keep your car floors clean from slush or snow.
  • Once you’re done driving for the day, get rid of any accumulation behind the car’s wheels.
  • To prevent rusting, try to get to the car wash as much as you can during the winter.
  • Once you’ve gone to the car wash, don’t forget to apply a wax and seal like you did in the fall.

For more tips on preventing road salt damage or to schedule any car maintenance, contact Capeway at 781-826-2051

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