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Preventing Rust from getting thru the Car Door

With winter in full-force across much of the nation, salt crews have been on the go prepping roadways before, after and during inclement winter weather. Although road salt is essential for safe winter driving, it can also lead to numerous car troubles. Road salt lowers the freezing point of water, according to Service Advisor at The Auto Station, Rick Lucci. "It chemically turns that ice back into water so that the car tires can then reach the pavement for traction, instead of just sliding on top of the ice," Rick said. While road salt is imminent to safe winter driving, it is also extremely corrosive and over time it can cause extensive damage to vehicles. The biggest threat salt poses to a vehicle is rust, which is accelerated by repeated exposure to salt. Rust on certain parts of a car can create a slew of problems ranging from hydraulic brake system leaks to sub-frame damage. Due to the construction of a vehicle with most of the underbody being wide open, most salt d ... read more

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Keep your car bottom clean

Rusting Away? Our cars are exposed to numerous dangers; theft, crash, abuse, improper maintenance and the like, but an equally dangerous but more insidious risk is simple rust. Virtually every vehicle is going to have some rust on it somewhere, sometime. The combination of complex sheet metal work, with lots of hidden nooks and crannies, has led to the construction of some vehicles that are notorious "rust buckets". Many manufacturers have taken steps to slow rusting, but most of their rust control systems have failed or proved inadequate. So the problem remains: How does the typical car owner control rust? There are three main areas of a car's structure that can suffer potential damage. The areas of concern are: 1. Engine and Trunk Compartments Corrosion and rust can cause leaks in the air intake systems, reducing their capacity. Connectors, both mechanical and electrical, can be very problematic, because these kinds of failures may be intermittent and difficult to dia ... read more

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How to clean your aluminum rims

Nothing promotes and preserves the value of your vehicle like regular washing. The best efforts often focus on those eye catching wheel accessories. It’s a shiny detail that can ready add to the look of your vehicle, and add some real punch to the resale value of any car. However, aluminum rims do tend to get chalky after a while. The constant abrasion from swirling dust, effects of road salt and tar, and oxidation from the atmosphere doesn’t let them retain their brilliance indefinitely. Fortunately, uncoated aluminum rims are thick and the shine can be restored to them by polishing. Polishing is really nothing more than super fine sanding. Rims that have been exposed to the elements over time take on a chalky appearance and if allowed to continue, develop pits in the polished surface. The only way to get rid of that is by removing the offending layer. A polishing compound that is designed for alloy metals will eliminate the haze and pits. If the polish is too abrasive ... read more

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FEELING LIKE A FLOOR MAT?

FEELING LIKE A FLOOR MAT?

YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY GONNA GET IN THE CAR WITH THOSE? Floor mats just don't get any respect. And, why should they? If you're like me you probably don't even think of them while you're dripping all over them.Whether you work outside and push your vehicle to the limit, or you just use your vehicle to get from here to there, everyone wants to protect their investment. It is important to keep your vehicle clean to ensure the best resale value when it is time for an upgrade. What's the best way to do that in winter? Replace your factory car mats with some tray style mats. They provide year round carpet protection and are available for virtually all of today's top selling vehicles. Below are the top 5 reasons you should use some heavy duty style floor mats for your car, truck or SUV: SUPERIOR CARPET PROTECTION Floor mats help keep water, mud, mess and spills off of your expensive and hard to clean carpet and on the mat. An extra thick driver's heel pad ... read more

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