These days, having access to a reliable car is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. That being said, purchasing and maintaining a car can be an expensive investment. That’s why car owners should do everything they can to protect the health of their vehicle.
That will require preventative maintenance on the vehicle on a regular basis. In addition to this, certain parts of the car should be protected from the sneaky and ruthless threat of car rust and corrosion. Because once the rust has already gone deep into the vehicle, there may be little that can be done to save it. That is why it is important to stop corrosion in its tracks, before it ever gets the chance to form.
What is Rust and Corrosion?
Corrosion is a natural process where a given substance or metal is gradually oxidized by the atmosphere and transforms into a more stable end product. Rust is a kind of corrosion in which a given metal forms oxides and decays into something else. Rust and corrosion are a problem because in the process of forming, many good qualities of the metal are lost, such as strength and durability. This can lead to safety concerns.
When it comes to corrosion, prevention is the name of the game. But first, we need a little information on how rust begins.
Rust usually starts on areas where the protective coatings have been damaged in some way. Areas around the wheel well and undercarriage in particular are known trouble zones due to small rocks and pebbles continually kicking up and creating chips and nicks. So it is very important to periodically inspect these areas of the vehicle for damage that could lead to future corrosion.
Here are 3 ways to help keep the metal on your car young and healthy:
1. General Car Maintenance
Wash your car every two weeks. This includes cleaning the undercarriage and wheel wells when they look dirty. This will dislodge areas of accumulated and entrenched dirt and grease. If left unattended, these can trap moisture and promote rust formation and buildup.
2. Inspect Your Car Regularly
Outside painted areas will begin to show rust when the paint bubbles up. If during the periodical inspection you notice chips and nicks, mark the locations of these spots. When you have located them all, clean the chip and apply some touch up paint to the spot. Allow to dry well before exposure to water.
3. Use Oil and Grease on Appropriate Areas
Certain parts of the car are unpainted and in constant contact with the elements. Owners should be sure to coat exposed areas of metal with the appropriate type of grease to ensure top performance.
If it’s too late and you have already spotted rust on your vehicle, you should try to fix small problems in the paintwork quickly. You can take your car to a reliable body shop to have the rust removed and your car looking new again.