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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Car care and maintenance | 0 comments

Rust Prevention Tips

Cars and Rust

Cars are valuable investments so we want to keep our own auto in excellent shape and condition as much as possible. No matter how old or new it is or whether it’s a known model or not, we give it special treatment as it provides as efficient, safe and comfortable means of transportation as well as enjoyment.

It is inevitable for a vehicle to experience common car problems; this is especially true if the model is already old. Among the most destructive and the most annoying problems is rust. This affects almost all auto parts, especially those exposed to moisture. The body panels, including the doors, the bumpers, the bonnet and the tailgate (on pickups) are of course among the most vulnerable. When damaged by rust, these auto parts become weak and not only that, they become ugly too. Replacement may be your only solution.

Bonnet. The bonnet is one of the most important body parts as this is used to protect the most vital parts of the car such as the engine. Just like the door and the tailgate, this must be rigid and tough to be able to give the best protection to parts underneath.

Since the bonnet has a metal covering that is exposed to harsh elements in the environment, the bonnet is also very susceptible to rust. Because of this, proper care is needed. It must be kept clean all the time and make sure the drain holes around the hood are clear so water can’t pass through and cause rust.
Tailgate. Pickup trucks have become increasingly popular in the UK. Most pickup trucks have tailgates; this is a kind of door attached and protecting the truck bed. As a door to the rear part of the truck, it is often slammed when being closed; thus, it becomes vulnerable to damages. Moreover, trucks are often used off-road, so they are more exposed to damaging factors in the environment including salt, which hastens the formation of rust.

Meanwhile, check out these simple yet useful tips on how to prevent rust in your car:

1. Keep your car clean and well waxed.

2. Rinse the underside with water when salt is in use or if you live in a salty area.

3. Keep your wheel wells clean and free from material that holds moisture, such as dirt or leaves.

4. Make sure that all drain holes in the frame, floor and bottoms of doors are clear.

5. After you wash your car, open the doors to let the water drain out.

Many car manufacturers void corrosion warranty if you have your car rustproofed. (Rust proofing is a treatment of waxy paste sprayed inside the body panels by an “after market” specialist. The specialist drills holes in hidden areas, sprays in the paste, and plugs the holes. Another type of rustproofing is a clear silicon-based spray that is applied to your paint to protect it from chemicals and pollution.) The best course is to take the rust preventative measures listed above

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