When it comes to the maintenance of your car, to ensure the appearance and beauty of your car remains as appealing as always, there are some major issues you have to avoid or stay away from. One of the major issues you need to prevent at all cost is “Rust”.
When rust is not prevented, apart from damaging the body panels of your car, it as well affects the strength and the rigidity of the frames.
To prevent/protect your car from rust, all you need to do is to ensure proper cleaning and maintenance of the exterior components or parts of your car. In addition to this, ensure you are always on the lookout for associated signs of rust and by taking necessary action when such signs are noticed.
If you are looking for the best way to stop/eradicate rust, all it takes is to prevent it from happening at all cost. Do not give rust a chance to appear in the first place.
The following are ways in which you can prevent rust on your car.
- Make sure your car is properly washed and rinsed: Make sure you wash your car on a regular basis. When your car is free from dirt, this protects sand and dirt from rubbing over the paint. Also, whenever gasoline or other impurities come in contact with the paint, make sure you wash your car.
The perfect time to wash your car is when the temperature is cool. Do not wash under hot temperature or when it’s sunny. If you wash your car when the temperature is hot, the soap or cleaning solution used, dry off faster, even before you make an attempt to rinse.
After washing, it is expected that you rinse the vehicle extensively by ensuring all of the soap or cleaning solution are completely washed off. It is advised you wash your car in sections. Wash and rinse a section before moving to the next section or part of the car.
- Make sure you check the bumpers and wheel wells of your car regularly: The wheel wells of your car are known as one of the areas that are susceptible to rust. These are areas you need to pay attention to in your car. On many occasions, people shy away from these areas because of how easily they succumb to dirt and how difficult it is to see these areas clearly.
With every ten thousand kilometers covered (10,000 km), just as it has been recommended by several tire manufacturing companies, take out the wheel from your car, rotate it, and insert it to an entirely different wheel wall. While doing all of these, make sure you carefully check the wheel well for any sign of rust.
Also, make sure you check the areas that support/surround the bumper of your car every time you rotate your tires.
In case the wheel well is clocked with dirt, spray the area with water to get rid of the dirt. With this, you can check clearly for any signs of rust.
If your car’s bumper is made of metal, especially if you are using an older car, sometimes, if no proper checks are made the bumper gets affected by rust faster than the body of the car itself.
- Check for signs of rust in those areas where body parts connect: The chances of rust are higher where body parts get in contact, especially if the body parts get to rub/touch each other. When two parts rub on every contact, this action leads to wearing off of the protective layer or coating which the paint provides. Once the protective layer is off, rust is inevitable.
You can regularly look through those areas where parts connector meet. Some of these areas are the door frame, that area where the hood connects with the fenders, and also areas that surround the trunk. If you notice wear off of the protective layer at an area where two parts connect, take quick action by repainting such area.
- Check the lower part (Bottom) of your car on a regular basis: Where else suffers the most if not the bottom of your car. As a result of the extreme conditions this part of the vehicle is exposed to, this area remains highly susceptible to rust.
In the case of adverse weather condition, let’s take for example in the winter when it snows, the chemicals and salt used for the treatment of ice and snow on affected roads are likely to increase the possibility of rust building up at the bottom of your car.
So whenever you change the oil of your car or while rotating the tires as discussed in the first point, you can take advantage of these moments to check the bottom of your car for any signs of rust.
One of the easiest ways of controlling or preventing rust from building up at the bottom of your car is by washing this area regularly. By regularly, this means whenever you are washing/cleaning the exterior (body) and interior parts of the car, the bottom should not be left out. For the bottom, to get the best out of the cleaning process, you can add a little quantity of baking soda to the regular cleaning solution (soap and water). The importance of baking powder is to nullify the effect of road chemicals and salt.
- Ensure water doesn’t sit on the car or inside the car for a very long time: Yes, your car has all it takes to withstand extreme conditions, but it should never be abused. The protective covers designed to keep the car away from rust can’t stay strong forever, so they can be compromised.
If there is an area that retains water in your car, which shouldn’t be, makes sure you get rid of the water either by draining it out or by drying it out. The drain holes of your car must always be in good condition. Make sure nothing interferes or blocks it.
- Consider waxing your car: Apart from giving your car that shiny appearance, waxing as well protect the paint on your car from fading or peeling off. The extra protective layer waxing provides keeps the car totally away from rust by resisting the adverse effect of water and sunlight on the paint. You can wax your car every year. Two times every year is enough.