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Old 10-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #1
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I was wondering how everyone in the northern territories goes about removing road salt from the undercarriage during the winter months. I never want to bring my car to a car wash given the high quality of our paint and all, but I feel that unless there is another way I am stuck with that as my only option. Does anyone have any other tips/methods? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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When I lived in NY (516) I used to get a hose from inside the house every other week and rinse off the undercarage when the car was warm. Before winter I would get under the car for an hour or two to wipe and oil things down. I would do the same at the end of winter too, when I was sure they were done with the salt. Not many people want to go though all that.
As far as paint goes rinse off as often as possible when its salty and wash when you have a good stretch of weather.

I don't miss the salt!!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:49 AM   #3
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salt will mess with your undercarriage.

IMO if you dont want the hassle of rusting and all that do an undercarriage job.

its ok. its $$$ but it works. maybe someone else can chime in cause i think you'd hate yourself for getting in dirt during winter to clean the undercarriage
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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I was thinking I'd give the DIY car wash a try? The coin operated power washer kind? That might do the trick, at least for the exterior.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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I have an unlimited pass to a local touchless drive-through type car-wash (that sprays underneath).
My paint is okay but not nice enough for me to worry about what towels they wipe it down with afterward.
It's probably better than doing nothing in regard to salt removal maintenance during the winter.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:41 PM   #6
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Luckily I have access to a heated spot at work with hot water!!

Even with that if its below freezing I usually have to wait a few hours to get the bigger chunks of frozen ice off the undercarriage. I always get soaked doing it. It takes a long time and once I go drive in the snow again it doesn't seem worth the work. Nothing stops salt from rusting cars.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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Every other week or so hit up the touchless wash, they have an undercarriage spray and I go reeeeal slow. I do hit the automatic was from time to time as well. I know it's not the best, but I don't have time to do it myself most of the time unfortunately and they're at least half way decent.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:22 PM   #8
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Every other week or so hit up the touchless wash, they have an undercarriage spray and I go reeeeal slow. I do hit the automatic was from time to time as well. I know it's not the best, but I don't have time to do it myself most of the time unfortunately and they're at least half way decent.
This is exactly what I do. Just hosing it down underneath at a drive thru carwash every couple weeks during the salt months helps a lot.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #9
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thanks for the info so far. does anyone know of a decent drive thru on long island?
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