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Friday, January 6, 2012

Avoiding Damage From Road Salt on Your Vehicle

Road salt is great when it comes to saving most of us from icy accidents, however it can be harsh on a vehicle’s paintwork and exterior trim.

Road salt can accelerate the corrosion of unprotected paintwork, not to mention exposed plastic and rubber surfaces. Be sure to completely wash your vehicle once it’s been exposed to road salt and give it a quality polish or waxing to be sure that your vehicle has a long-lasting protection from the elements.

During the winter months, spray from the roads can easily build up on headlights and windows. Be sure to clean your vehicle’s exterior glass as well, to help maintain good visibility.

Here are some other suggestions as well:

· Break up or remove the mud and salt that can collect under wheel arches.
· Protect your car by using a premium-grade polish or wax.
· Take a few minutes from time to time to clean your car during the winter months to prevent a build-up of dirt.
· Carry a good de-icer to clear ice from windscreen, mirrors, wipers and locks.
· Check your car’s washer fluid to make sure that the solution won’t freeze as temperatures drop.
· Never use liquid soap or household detergents to wash your car, this has the possibility of stripping the protective coatings from your vehicle.
· Never use boiling water to melt ice on your windshield, because it can crack the glass.
· Never drive until your front and rear windows and side windows are clear of ice – it is illegal to drive with poor visibility.

Take good care of your car so that it can take care of you. If you have problems with your vehicle this winter, visit Metric Wrench Billings today to have a certified technician check it out for you. Visit Metric Wrench Billings today for all of your vehicle solutions today!

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