Your vehicle is designed to withstand any precipitation the seasons throw at it thanks to plastic trim, paint, and clear coat. Over time, these means of protection wear out and the metal on your car, truck, or SUV is exposed and at risk of rusting, especially during winter in Kansas City, MO when snow trucks combat ice and snow with salt. There are steps you can take to prepare and prevent road salt from damaging your Honda vehicle.
Inspect your vehicle for signs of rusting. Check the wheel wells, the underside, and places where metal meets metal such as the hood, trunk, and doorframe for signs of bubbling paint and discoloration. If rusting has begun, schedule a service appointment and have damaged parts replaced or repaired as soon as possible so that rust doesn’t spread.
Wax your vehicle. It adds an extra layer of protection against sediments, road salt, and water, which can wear away at protective layers of paint and clear coat. For the most protection, it’s best to wax twice a year.
Spray your car’s undercarriage. There’s an oil-solution that can be sprayed on the exposed auto parts under your car to prevent water, salt, and dirt from sticking.
Wash your vehicle every two weeks. Remove salt and other sediments off of your car to decrease the chances of rusting. Don’t forget about the undercarriage, which is most at risk since it’s the most exposed and least protected.
Avoid plow trucks and puddles. Driving through a fresh blanket of road salt is the last thing you want to do with your car. If you can, stay clear of them while you’re on the road. Also, puddles are a great place for salt and water to accumulate, and when you drive through one, it sticks to the metal of your car.
Stick to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Your routine oil change and tire rotation is a great time to inspect or have the mechanic check for any signs of rust. It keeps you on top of your vehicles wellbeing and prevents the issue from getting worse.
If you need help preventing rust from road salt or parts replaced, contact the experienced technicians at our Honda dealership in Kansas City, MO online or by phone at (816) 452-7000.