The Triple A releases five tips on how to rid your car of salt
They say that the salt could cause corroding in some places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a car wash.
"In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well," said Jack Wilson, field business manager at Tennessee Approved Auto Repair."
The Federal Highway Administration estimates the overall direct cost of maintenance and repairs made necessary by corrosion is $6.45 million.
Here’s what the Triple A is telling you to clean:
- The body: A touch-less car wash is best to avoid scratching the top coat of paint with any salt remaining after the initial rinse. Before heading to the car wash, wait until the temperature is above 40 degrees to avoid freezing of doors and locks.
- The undercarriage: Salt and brine can coat metal and rubber components leading to rust, cracking and expensive repairs. Take advantage of automated car washes that offer undercarriage wash/rinse – this option may just keep you from replacing your muffler down the road.
- The accessories: Pay special attention to the rubber exterior parts like wiper blades and mud flaps to make sure they are not bent, cracked or torn. It’s also a good idea to check cameras and sensors to ensure they are functioning properly.
- The interior: Vacuum carpets as normal and use a general cleaner for any soiled plastic parts.
The stuff you don’t see: Many drivers can perform the maintenance above, but it could be a good idea to have a trained mechanic check rubber and metal parts under the vehicle.
For a full listing of AAA Approved Auto Repair Shops, visit AAA.com/AAR.