Why it’s important to get the road salt off your car

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The wintry weather earlier this week followed by a blast of arctic air made for slippery conditions on the roads. Salt trucks have been out treating the roads and now all that salt is on the streets and on our cars.

The salt can cause rust and corrosion especially to the undercarriage of your car. Your exhaust, fuel and brake systems are most at risk for damage.

“Brakes are the critical one of all, you can be going off the highway and have no problem with your brakes and you’re at a high rate of speed where you’re now pushing the brakes real hard and if a line fatigues that pedal goes right to the floor and there’s just no way of stopping a vehicle,” said Ed Malikowski of Mal Brothers Auto Body in Chicopee.

That’s why it’s so important to get that road salt off your car.

“At least in the spring when the weather is nice and you decide to wash it, don’t just wash the outside, get a hose and get underneath the fender wells anything and everything you possibly can and blast it. You’re not going to hurt anything underneath the car at all,” said Ed Malikowski. 

You should try and wash your car off after a snowstorm as soon as possible.

The Golden Nozzle Car Wash in Chicopee was a very popular place. There was a steady stream of cars on Friday with people who were getting all the salt and sand off their cars at least for now.

Chances are that the car washes will be pretty busy this weekend with the milder temperatures on the way.

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