Recent Topics
First Hand Experience with LSPI Destroying Engine?
by jcartwright99
6 minutes 41 seconds ago
Tire Rebate - Ebay $100 Off
by Greg L
56 minutes 46 seconds ago
Student Loan Scams
by MolaKule
Today at 10:15 AM
Conklin Products?
by 2012AccentSE
Today at 10:08 AM
RIP Gord Downie
by Lolvoguy
Today at 09:57 AM
2005-2006 4runner v6 towing capability
by mjk
Today at 09:52 AM
Dexos 1 or Dexos 2 for Chevy Sonic?
by WyrTwister
Today at 08:18 AM
Male breast cancer awareness week
by andyd
Today at 07:48 AM
FP Plus and catalytic converters
by d00df00d
Today at 07:46 AM
E85
by danielLD
Today at 07:10 AM
Whole house filter?
by Matagonka
Today at 06:44 AM
Need to deglaze cylinder on 2-stroke outboard?
by nwjones18
Today at 06:09 AM
Valvoline printable coupon
by a1mfw
Today at 04:18 AM
white lithium grease for gearboxes?
by motor_oil_madman
Yesterday at 10:20 PM
Synthetic Comparison - Castrol and Valvoline win
by FlyPenFly
Yesterday at 10:20 PM
adjustable grease coupler?
by motor_oil_madman
Yesterday at 10:18 PM
Mouseblocker Pro for mice in cars
by Donald
Yesterday at 10:04 PM
winter is coming. f150
by hyperscion
Yesterday at 08:17 PM
Mobil Super 5000 vs Chevron Supreme
by Merkava_4
Yesterday at 07:30 PM
Frankenblend ideas
by car51
Yesterday at 07:27 PM
Newest Members
Bieben, djslikrick, Route_66, Coltman, root
63154 Registered Users
Who's Online
85 registered (28oz, 94firehawk, 2010Civic, 2012AccentSE, 69GTX, 4WD, 8 invisible), 2127 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
63154 Members
66 Forums
272425 Topics
4522188 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3269142 - 02/03/14 12:44 PM Washing the salt off
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 10997
Loc: NH
Ok, I decided to do that for the first time yesterday. In my defense, when I got up it was 50F, and when I washed it was more like 37-39, so perhaps it wasn't the brightest idea ever. [I woke up in CT and then drove home to NH.] I took the garden hose and tried to angle it up underneath the car; but afterwards I'm not convinced I accomplished much. Is that actually accomplishing anything? I had sprayed (what I could) with FF this fall, but it had seemingly been a warm (and wet) day, so it seemed like a good idea to try hosing down the car. In hindsight I should have popped the hood and hosed down the engine too.

I did find some irony in that, since I needed to vacuum the car afterwards, I found myself tossing salt on the driveway, as it had gotten quite slippery!
_________________________
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 144k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 138k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 162k, his

Top
#3269147 - 02/03/14 12:49 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 40398
Loc: New Jersey
Did it do anything? Well it probably helped remove 90% of the salt. Problem is, the crystals may not be doing anything, its the fine dust of salt all over that is an issus.

Ive used salt away in a garden fertilizer sprayer for years now. It works pretty well, helping to release more salt (IMO). Its a mixture of TSP, corrosion inhibitors, surfactants, etc. It just helps to dissolve and carry away dirt and salt crystals and fines.

With those sprayers, I just hold it under and spray up as much as I can.

In the past Ive sprayed it on with a pressurizable garden sprayer with a long wand to get better in the wheelwells and underneath. Thing is, you dnt get enough flow, so its slower and more tedious. The garden fertilizer sprayer works well.

Top
#3269148 - 02/03/14 12:50 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 31506
Loc: ME
It's a no-win.

I felt good going at it once with the hot water tap from my apartment washer dryer hookup. Just ran the hose out my window. If my landlady saw me she'd have flipped.

Warm water dissolves salt much better. A gentle cloth, too, but there are lots of abrasives.

I don't usually try.

Top
#3269155 - 02/03/14 12:53 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 16539
Loc: Michigan
Washed one....covered with salt less than 8 hours later. You would think a some days above freezing with no snow might be possible some time this winter....
_________________________
Whatever you are, be a good one.

Top
#3269156 - 02/03/14 12:53 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 19311
Loc: Upstate NY
You will never get it all off until April. I just shot for getting the bulk of it off.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#3269157 - 02/03/14 12:55 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 10997
Loc: NH
I wasn't sure, since that was the point of spraying down the underside with FF in the first place. Just seemed like a good time yesterday, it was warm out, then I figured it'd get good and cold again. I figure, as long as it's cold out then it won't rust, as nothing is wet. Once it warms up and roads get wet is when issues probably start--if anything, a layer of salt probably wicks up any moisture and holds it away from metal... maybe.

Wait a minute: salt is a preservative, isn't it? grin

I didn't bother washing the top of the car off, just kinda hosed off the fenders; was worried about underneath.


Edited by supton (02/03/14 12:56 PM)
_________________________
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 144k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 138k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 162k, his

Top
#3269171 - 02/03/14 01:09 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
doitmyself Offline


Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 5901
Loc: MI
I contend that maybe it is doing more harm than good. Dissolve that salt and blast it into the nooks and crannies that normal driving might not achieve.

Just think of that salt solution sitting in the inside bottom of your door seam waiting to eat away the metal crzy.

It varies for everyone. We had about 5 days in January with no precipitation (wet, salty roads). So to wash the salt off was simply a feel good process that would disappear the very next day.

I had buyers remorse when I had my new car Krowned this past summer. Not any more. I was initially upset at how thin it was and how it seemed to be washed off the underside. But in October when I rubbed my finger on a frame rail, there was a very thin oily residue that wiped off. So, it seems to be there, just not in a thick, visible coating.

There does seem to be a much heightened level of whining this winter about salt, cold, ice, and winter in general. Each morning, after my morning exercise and check of the trap line, I sit under my sun lamp for a half hour looking at pictures of Caribbean beaches and laugh at old man winter. grin Bring it on!

Top
#3269174 - 02/03/14 01:14 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13422
Loc: Chicago, IL
Every little bit helps, but don't for an instant think that periodically spraying it off will prevent any and all rust. You're just slowing it down.
_________________________
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Top
#3269179 - 02/03/14 01:19 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 10997
Loc: NH
Oh for sure; I'm just hoping to stave off the rust until mechanical issues / age indicates that "it's time". Our Honda made it 10 years with zero washing and I thought it was "time"; I'm not sure we'll keep these past 10 years (although it might be nice, we're talking 250-300k).
_________________________
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 144k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 138k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 162k, his

Top
#3269191 - 02/03/14 01:26 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
MNgopher Offline


Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 3881
Loc: Lakeville, MN
From fleet experience: the vehicles that get washed tend not to develop rust problems. The ones that seldom get washed develop awful rust problems. As an example, I drive a 2004 Explorer for work that has rust in all sorts of places that you wouldn't expect. It rarely is washed. In the meantime, a 2003 Explorer with more miles and frequent washing is in excellent condition. Many more similar examples...

Top
#3269199 - 02/03/14 01:28 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
Taildragger Offline


Registered: 10/17/10
Posts: 409
Loc: SW Florida
I use this on my boat, might work for you northern peeps.

http://www.saltawayproducts.com/

Linky> SALT AWAY
_________________________
04 F-150 5.4
73 Big Block, 4sp Corvette
15 Mazda 3
Couple of airplanes

Top
#3269228 - 02/03/14 01:58 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: Taildragger]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 8220
Loc: Ohio
Ummm, where do you buy it? Since there are no prices listed and when you click on purchase info it says available in many stores. RRRRRRRRR.
_________________________
2012 Toyota Camry 68k-PUP 5w20,OEM filter, RT43s.
2005 Toyota Matrix 122k miles - MC 5w30 syn-blend, Omnicraft oil filter. Nokian eNTYRES.

Top
#3269266 - 02/03/14 02:44 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 8570
Loc: Midwest
Would a good under body wash once a month at a car wash be good enough?

Thats what i do. And weather permitting a quick rinse at a quarter wash once a week.


Edited by dlundblad (02/03/14 02:45 PM)
_________________________
03 Grand Cherokee 4.0 197k Edge 10w40 HM
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 168k M1 0w40
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 134k Mobil Super Syn. 5w30


Top
#3269274 - 02/03/14 02:50 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: supton]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12655
Loc: Northern Kentucky
You would need a rust proofing treatment to keep it away. Washing only slows things down. Unless it's clean and treated your going to be fighting hard.
_________________________
2002 Buick Century 130k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - Edge 0w40 + Fram XG3980
1998 Nissan Altima 337k - 5MT - M1 HM 5w30/Fram Ultra XG7317+MOS+ATP 205

Top
#3269275 - 02/03/14 02:50 PM Re: Washing the salt off [Re: dlundblad]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 8220
Loc: Ohio
Yes, that would be a good idea. In the Toyota owners manual it states to do that. But just wetting it down is worse than not doing anything at all. High pressure spray to remove the gunk.
_________________________
2012 Toyota Camry 68k-PUP 5w20,OEM filter, RT43s.
2005 Toyota Matrix 122k miles - MC 5w30 syn-blend, Omnicraft oil filter. Nokian eNTYRES.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >