Salt Corrosion

If you live in a colder climate, like we do here in Brighton, MI, your car or truck will be exposed to road salt for a significant portion of the year. While this keeps the roads passable when the snow starts to fall, salt is corrosive – which is not good news for your vehicle’s exhaust system. Many exhaust systems suffer from rust due to this corrosion. Rust and corrosion occur when the metal components of your exhaust system are exposed to moisture – usually from weather elements like rain and snow. To prevent rust and corrosion during the winter months, have your undercarriage rinsed every few weeks. Removing the salt on a regular basis will help to maintain your exhaust system by minimizing corrosion and rust.

Rust is one of the biggest vehicle problems caused by salt. When rust forms on certain areas of your vehicle it can create problems from hydraulic brake system leaks to damage to your subframe. The construction of cars leaves the undercarriage wide open to water and salt that can be sprayed up underneath the vehicle when driving on salt treated roads. Corrosion on the underside of your car is the most difficult to detect, and often the salt sticks to the undercarriage and sits there, further corroding your vehicle. This rust and corrosion can be detrimental to your car’s muffler and exhaust systems.

Regularly rinsing your car, especially the undercarriage, is essential to the prevention of salt corrosion. Going through a car wash can help reduce the risk of salt and water sticking to your car, corroding it.

You should also bring your car into AA Muffler and Brakes. Our experienced staff will assess any hidden damage, fix or replace corroded mufflers or exhaust pipes, and ensure your car is ready for Spring.