If you live in either Bluffton, SC, you know the affect saltwater damage can have on your automobile. This damage can be mitigated, however, if you care for your vehicle properly. Beachside Tire & Auto Repair only employs ASE-Master mechanics who know what it’s like to live near the ocean because they live near it, too.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY OCEAN AIR
You can’t beat living next to the ocean, which is why all of us stay put. Nonetheless, the salt and humidity found in ocean air have their drawbacks. Between the salty air and the sunshine, your vehicle’s exterior paint can take a beating, which is why it’s crucial to keep your vehicle waxed. A coat of good wax helps prevent paint pores from opening and allowing the corrosive salt in.
Your paint isn’t the only thing that might succumb to rust and corrosion from the salty sea air. Your brake’s calipers and the nuts and bolts that hold your vehicle and its components together can also corrode more quickly when you live near the ocean. This is why it’s crucial to bring your vehicle in for regular inspection and maintenance so we can assess corroding parts.
To continue with the above point, the sooner we detect rust and corrosion on the bolts, calipers, and nuts of your vehicle, the sooner we can replace those or any other parts. This is a less expensive fix than allowing the rust to eat through the part and cause further damage. Other things you can do to prevent corrosion and rust caused by ocean air is to:
- Park your vehicle in the garage at all times
- If you don’t have a garage, get a car cover
- As mentioned above, wash and wax your vehicle regularly
- Avoid driving on the sand or in the ocean’s water
Believe it or not, some people actually do the latter bullet point. Don’t be tempted to unless it’s an emergency. Driving in the sand is almost as if you’re driving into the ocean. The sand has a high salt content and your tires will fling the salty earth up into the undercarriage. If you drive fast enough, you’ll end up with sand in your engine, too.
SALTWATER DAMAGE EXPERTS
Beachside Tire & Auto Repair are saltwater damage experts. We will help you prevent damage and repair it if it does occur. Call us at 843-474-6455 if you live in the Bluffton, SC area.