Living near the ocean offers picturesque views, salty breezes, and a unique lifestyle. But with that come a few negatives, which is today's topic - how does living next to an ocean or sea affect your vehicle. This topic can help you quite a lot especially if you are from Norfolk, VA, or another ocean/sea-side city. Here are a few of the effects salt water has on your car and how to avoid them:
Salt Water Corrosion
One of the most significant risks for vehicles near the ocean is saltwater corrosion. The salt content in the air and ocean spray can settle on the vehicle's exterior, accelerating the corrosion process. Over time, this corrosion can affect the vehicle's body, undercarriage, suspension components, and even the electrical system.
Moisture and Humidity
Coastal areas often have higher humidity levels due to the presence of the ocean. Increased moisture in the air can lead to condensation inside your vehicle, especially in areas such as the trunk or floor mats. Moisture can cause mold and mildew growth, leading to unpleasant odors and potential damage to upholstery and electronics.
The combination of salt water and moisture can expedite the formation of rust on exposed metal surfaces, including the vehicle's body, chassis, and suspension components. Rust compromises the structural integrity and aesthetic of your vehicle, potentially leading to costly repairs. Applying rust inhibitors and regularly inspecting and addressing any signs of rust can help prevent its spread and minimize damage.
Salt Damage to Paint and Finishes
Salt water can also damage the paint and finishes of your vehicle. Over time, salt deposits can create pitting, discoloration, and fading of the paintwork. Applying a protective wax or sealant regularly creates a barrier against salt water and enhances the longevity of your vehicle's exterior appearance.
Electrical System Vulnerability
The electrical system of your vehicle is susceptible to corrosion and damage when exposed to salt water or excessive moisture. Corroded electrical connections can lead to malfunctions in various components, including sensors, ignition systems, and electronic modules. Inspection of electrical connections and protection of vulnerable areas with dielectric grease or anti-corrosion sprays can help prevent damage and ensure proper functioning.
How can I protect my car?
- Wax and/or ceramic coat your vehicles paint
- Keep tires clean
- Clean the exterior and interior regularly
- Change air and cabin air filters
- Avoid puddles
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