Why is it Important to Wash Your Toyota After the Winter?

How To Prevent Rust From Road Salt in the Winter

Maine residents are no strangers to the change in seasons and as winter comes to a close, car care and maintenance is even more important. In the winter months, road salt is an important and necessary safety precaution that can have a negative impact on the condition of your 2018 Toyota Camry if you do not take care of it. Take a closer look at why it is important to wash your Toyota after the winter and how to prevent rust from road salt in the winter.

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What Are the Risks of Road Salt Damage?

When the winter arrives, Maine drivers are faced with snow and ice on a daily basis and a mixture of road salt and sand is a primary way to combat the poor road conditions. As the winter months progress, this combination will build up on your vehicle and can cause damage to the body and undercarriage of your Toyota car, truck or crossover. Road salt will cause rust and corrosion if left unchecked and can attack key mechanical elements of your vehicle – the exhaust system, muffler, coil springs, subframe and the hydraulic brake system. Protect your Toyota Camry this spring and wash road salt off.

Top 5 Tips and Tricks to Prevent Rust From Road Salt

[bscolumns class=”one_third”]Get a Pre-Winter Check and Treatment – Winter car care starts before the first snow falls. Visit your local service department and have your vehicle inspected to correct any issues before the snow arrives. In addition to regular maintenance, many service departments will apply an underbody oil solution that will prevent salt and water from attaching to your undercarriage. [/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_third”]Apply Wax Prior to Winter – Many drivers believe that waxing your car is just for looks, but it can play an important role in protecting your Toyota vehicle from damage in the winter. A wax coating prior to the winter months will protect your vehicle from debris and road salt in the Bangor area. [/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”one_third_last”]Wash Your Vehicle After it Snows – It stands to reason that after a major snowstorm, road crews will spread more road salt and sand. If you are forced to drive in a snowstorm or shortly after, it is even more important to take your car through the car wash and get that extra road salt removed as soon as possible. [/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]
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Avoid Puddles and Plow Trucks – In the late winter and early spring months, puddles will collect large amounts of salt that will get spread to your undercarriage when you drive through a puddle and following plow trucks will ensure that you collect even more road salt. [/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”][/bscolumns]

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It is important to protect your investment when you purchase a brand-new 2018 Toyota RAV4. Take a look at how to prevent rust from road salt in the winter and why it is important to the condition of your vehicle with this guide by Downeast Toyota. Visit the Downeast Toyota inventory this spring to find a Toyota car, truck or crossover that will fit your budget and lifestyle!

March 16, 2018
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