There are several benefits from the widespread use of road salt, including accident avoidance. However road salt can also cause severe damage to vehicles. Salt is spread out prior to a snow or ice storm and motorists venture out accumulating a thick coating of road salt mixed with slush throughout their vehicle’s undercarriages and wheel well. When the slush melts, it is the salt that is left behind, causing a slow attack on metal and rubber parts.
Brakes are especially susceptible as the rotors always present a fresh metallic surface for the salt to attack. Salt causes rust on the brackets that encase the brake pads and the extra layer of rust puts a squeeze on the pads over time. This can prevent them from applying fully or releasing completely.
Maintain Your Car’s Longevity
Road salt is unavoidable, so it’s best to get your car to a car was at least once a month when the roads are salted. Look for a car wash with an undercarriage cleaning!
If your car is in good shape underneath, you might also consider having a professionally applied rust-proofing treatment that concentrates on the brake lines, fuel lines, and other vulnerable areas.
If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, give one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop a call!