Look around and see all the cars with rust around the wheel wells. You don't see that in California or Arizona. That rust is caused by the road salt used in the Twin Cities to lower the freezing point of water so we can get traction when driving rather than slipping and sliding on icy roads.
While the road salt is a must for safe winter driving, it sure takes its toll on our cars' bodies.
Rust is the biggest problem caused by the salt and as the rust is exposed to more salt it speeds up the formation of more rust. The rust doesn't just affect how your car looks. Rust can also cause damage to the car's sub-frame and hydraulic brake system, among other things.
As we drive, we flip the salt up under the car, where it dries and crusts and eats away at the exhaust, muffler, coil springs and the frame itself. Going through puddles is the worst. That's where salt collects more than anywhere else.
You can also rust your car from the inside out if you bring too much salt into the car on your boots/shoes over time. So be sure you clean your car's carpet as well.
We can't wash the car when temps are below freezing so we have to get our cars washed when temps rise. And that is THIS WEEK!
Take your car to a car wash with an undercarriage spray to get that corroded salt off your frame. Or, if you want to clean your car at home, you can put a lawn sprinkler under your car and turn it on full blast to clean off the salt and corrosion. Be sure to move the sprinkler so that it reaches the entire undercarriage.
After your car wash consider taking your car to a collision repair shop to have an oil or wax-and-oil solution applied to your vehicle. The solution helps prevent salt from sticking to your car and therefore protects it from corroding.
You can be sure we'll be washing each tow truck top to bottom... most likely on Wednesday.