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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:15 PM
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How do I prevent my car from rusting
Forgive me for the dumb question.

Moving to Michigan, I've been taken aback by the number of rusted cars that I see here. It's more than in any place I have seen, though I have never had a car in a place that snows before. My car is garaged at home, but will that be enough to protect me? What do I need to do to stop--or at least slow--my car from rusting.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:22 PM
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1. Keep it a humidity-free climate controlled environment.
Barring that, only drive it in the desert.
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jdadd Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:31 PM
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2. I live in north central Ohio....
Rust is a pretty big problem here too. I usually put my good car in the garage and drive a "pre rusted" beater in the winter. My good car is a 95 model and it still looks new.
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:43 PM
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3. Wash it often in the winter
Get the road salt off it. I've lived in Michigan all my life and have never had a car rust.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 03:20 PM
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5. I haven't either
The newer cars are pretty well rust-proofed (and by "new," I mean in the last 20 years or so). You do have to keep the salt washed off, though. It's mostly older cars that you see rusted out on the road.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 01:57 PM
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4. Move to Florida--and Stay Out of Hurricanes!
Welcome to Michigan, by the way. A car's gotta die sometime, try not to get too bent out of shape about it.
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 03:24 PM
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6. Wash it - weekly
I second what 1gobluedem said.

Pain in the ass, but you gotta do it.

I finally have a half-way decent car in reasonable shape and I have gotten really good about taking it in to the drive-thru car wash.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 05:36 PM
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7. Wash it-----often.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 06:57 PM
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8. Please choose one:
A. Wash it often.

B. Wash it a lot.

c. Wash it every time the weather is nice right now.

D. Move to Colorado, where gravel is used insead of salt.

#. All of the above.
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Jokinomx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-05-06 08:22 PM
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9. Welcome to Michigan....
As everyone stated...wash the salt off in the winters... and if your car is fairly new there are companies that you can have an undercoat applied to help also. Keeping your car in a garage is always a smart move.

Ziebart is one popular undercoating franchise.

:toast:
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-06-06 09:54 PM
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10. If you don't have it garaged all winter you don't prevent it from rusting.
Michigan roads will rust it in ten years or less.
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