It happens faster than you realize, and once it’s there – the damage is done. Today, Toyota of Clermont is talking rust. For a car, rust can cause irreversible damage. Some rust damage can be repaired and fixed up, but there is a point of no return once rust has taken over the body of your car. While Central Floridians may not experience this oxidation phenomena as much as those up north, it’s still a good idea to take precautions to prevent rust on your car. If you’re of where to begin, our Orlando Toyota Service Center has some helpful car rust prevention tips!
5 Tips to Prevent Car Rust
How does rust happen? Scientifically speaking, rust is the combination of iron and oxygen, also known as iron oxide. This chemical reaction is common among cars that have to drive on roads covered in snow, sleet, and ice. As we mentioned earlier, this isn’t much of a problem for us in Central Florida, but rust can still be a problem here! Snowy roads mean rust for cars because of the road salt used to melt the snow and ice. The road salt, often combined with sand for traction, completes the iron oxide reaction. Here in warm and sunny South, we do have to worry about the salt particles off of the coast. If you live by the beach or a body of saltwater, or are a frequent visitor to the coast, salt particles may be hiding out on your ride!
When your car is faced with salt particles, water, and oxygen – rust is sure to happen. However, if you take preventative measures to keep rust from happening, you won’t have to worry! To keep your car in tip-top shape, our Orlando Toyota Service Center has tips to prevent car rust!
- Inspect. If you’ve been driving up north or beachside, make sure to regularly inspect your car for any rust spots. Catching rust early on makes it easier to stop the spreading. When inspecting your car for rust, our Orlando Toyota Service techs remind you to examine:
- The undercarriage of your car (muffler, exhaust, coil springs, frame, and brake system)
- Wheel wells
- Bumpers (inside and out)
- Door jambs and other places body components meet (around the trunk, where the hood meets the fenders)
- Wash and wax. Completely wash your car with soap and water, making sure to remove all salt particles and debris. A layer of wax will prevent salt from preventing your car paint job.
- Baking soda. Use a tablespoon of baking soda when washing your car to neutralize the acidic effect of salt.
- Avoid puddles. When you’re driving in snow, our Toyota Service techs recommend avoiding puddles where melted snow and salt collect.
- Visit our Toyota Service Center for an inspection. When you return from wintery weather, stop by our Orlando auto service center for an inspection and a car wash!
Keep your car clean with our Orlando Toyota Service Center!
If you’ve been up north to see snow and explore the mountains, make sure you get your car clean of all salt once you’re home! Allowing salt to stay on your car, especially the undercarriage, will cause rusting and irrevocable damage. For assistance with preventing and removing car rust, stop by our Toyota Service Center in Orlando at 16851 State Road 50!