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Old 02-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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Rust will happen regardless. To minimize paint rust, wax the car often. During the winter time, hose the underside of the car off to remove all salt.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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So I just got a 2013 WRX in November. This is my first real car that I've purchased, first AWD, first manual, and first turbo. As the snow is starting to hit the tri-state area, I'm starting to get super concerned about rusting due to salt/snow in my area.

I use the WRX as my DD and I'm curious what I can do to help prevent any possible rusting during this snow season. I don't really have any access to any lifts or anything crazy, just the typical tools anyone would have. I don't have a garage either, most people around my area are forced to park outside.

Any tips? I'm so protective as this is my first real car and I want to take serious car of it, but I'm still super new to car maintenance.

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Its 2013. Metallurgy has come a long ways in terms of steel strength and corrosion resistance. Invest in a good wax and apply it every 6 months to maintain the paint and clearcoat. I recommend Meguiars NXT.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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It's the underneath you need to worry about and all you can do is try to keep the salt washed off, as already suggested. Hopefully Subaru's have improved since they made mine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #5
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It's the underneath you need to worry about and all you can do is try to keep the salt washed off, as already suggested. Hopefully Subaru's have improved since they made mine.
That's what I'm super concerned about, the belly of that car that I can barely see.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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Rust will happen regardless. To minimize paint rust, wax the car often. During the winter time, hose the underside of the car off to remove all salt.
I don't want to sound like a complete moron, but do you just jack up the car and get under it a bit with a hose pretty much?
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #7
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So I just got a 2013 WRX in November. This is my first real car that I've purchased, first AWD, first manual, and first turbo. As the snow is starting to hit the tri-state area, I'm starting to get super concerned about rusting due to salt/snow in my area.

I use the WRX as my DD and I'm curious what I can do to help prevent any possible rusting during this snow season. I don't really have any access to any lifts or anything crazy, just the typical tools anyone would have. I don't have a garage either, most people around my area are forced to park outside.

Any tips? I'm so protective as this is my first real car and I want to take serious car of it, but I'm still super new to car maintenance.

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keep it for 3 years or so, then trade it in on a brand new one. don't have to worry too much about rust at that point. welcome to the world of car ownership...


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Old 02-08-2013, 02:22 PM   #8
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It's inevitable. Rust will build up eventually.

I ended up applying POR15 rust preventive coating. Surface prep is extremely important. My car looks very clean even after 12 years of driving in NE.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #9
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I don't want to sound like a complete moron, but do you just jack up the car and get under it a bit with a hose pretty much?
You can do it fairly easy with a wand wash that has decent pressure just by crouching down and hosing under the car. If your car is slammed then it's going to be difficult to do but on stock height or slightly lowered shouldn't be an issue.

Humidity is the biggest problem as it promotes corrosion. I live where it's bone dry and even with salted roads in the winter cars last a long time here without rusting. Out east cars last half as long due to the humid weather.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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Park car in storage unit for the winter, purchase winter beater. That's the only thing you can do.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #11
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Automatic car washes have an under spray feature, you can use that. Or you can take your hose, or a pressure hose from a car wash and just hit as much as you can. You'll never stop rust entirely. The more salt you get off, the better chance you have to negate any rust that may start.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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Thank you very much everyone!
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:53 PM   #13
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Automatic car washes have an under spray feature, you can use that. Or you can take your hose, or a pressure hose from a car wash and just hit as much as you can. You'll never stop rust entirely. The more salt you get off, the better chance you have to negate any rust that may start.
+1 This is what most of us do.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:16 PM   #14
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When you wax your car your mainly preventing UV fading and surface contaminants. The rust we all worry about in the rear quarters is from the inside where you cant regularly get to even with your car lifted or "bottom blasted". There are gaps and open seams in those areas, thats why most other panels like the doors where the seams are sealed and the fenders that are single walled dont usually rust. I work at a body shop in Michigan that deals with calcium chloride in the chemical plants all year round, melt ice in winter, contol dust in summer, even our 2010 pickups all ready have rust. Rust is like herpes, if you get it fixed, it WILL come back. I hate Michigan winters
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #15
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No one's mentioned undercoating the car yet? Get a good oil spray done every year or two and it will protect most of the vehicle. My SVX was treated that way from day 1 and the underside of the car is perfect, even after 20 winters. The rear wheel wells are rusting, but that's more due to failure to clean things properly.

My plan for my Legacy is to remove all the plastic body panels (bumper covers and side skirts) and apply POR 15 to these areas, as well as the inside of the fenders and rear quarter panels. These are regions that undercoating isn't as effective on and requires a very diligent application to protect completely. Unfortunately, most techs doing undercoating are minimum wage tire changers and not all that diligent.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:04 PM   #16
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i rallycross my car regularly and regularly accumulate lots of mud underneath. Take a garden sprinkler - the round type works great - and tie a 10-15 ft rope to it. connect to a hose, and then park your car on top. turn on the sprinkler and move around with either the rope or the hose to wash every bit of your under carriage and wheel wells.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #17
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i rallycross my car regularly and regularly accumulate lots of mud underneath. Take a garden sprinkler - the round type works great - and tie a 10-15 ft rope to it. connect to a hose, and then park your car on top. turn on the sprinkler and move around with either the rope or the hose to wash every bit of your under carriage and wheel wells.
That's actually a pretty awesome idea.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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I rustproof mine every year... this is the kind of shops we have here:

http://www.duratech.ca/duratech_car_rust.php
http://www.antirouille.com/en/rustpr...inal-treatment
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:26 PM   #20
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Use a garden sprinkler underneath the car.

Whoops...didn't read - was already mentioned.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #21
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That's actually a pretty awesome idea.
guy who suggested was working underneath my car
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #22
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A simple set of driveway ramps work great too.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #23
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Just take the car to a car wash every few weeks that does the underbody blast. Roll very slowly through it while the jets are on and that will get most of the salt off. If you do that, the car should be rust proof for a long time assuming you don't damage the underbody and expose bare metal to the elements. If you do get rust at some point, bring it to a good body shop and they can cut the piece out and weld a new one in. My 350Z developed a rust spot on the rear quarter panel. The shop cut it out, welded a piece in and blended the area with paint. The work was amazing. You could not tell any work was done in the area. A skilled shop can fix things like that, but this is a worse case scenario.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:18 PM   #24
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Park car in storage unit for the winter, purchase winter beater. That's the only thing you can do.
This is really the best way to go if you have harsh winter weather with salt and gravel on the roads. Vehicles around here look pretty rough after 5-6 winters.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:16 PM   #25
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Move to Arizona. Engines and transmissions wear out before the body does.

Seriously, when I lived in snow country I just made sure I kept the underside clean. Also made sure there were no accumulations of mud/snow/ice anywhere. It's also good to rinse under the hood. Salt can collect there too.
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