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Old 02-17-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I am just curious. We had a lot of snow, melt and then refreeze overnight so there has been a lot of salt on the roads so I went to the automatic car was (standard in NJ) and got my undercarriage cleaned. But I notice a lot of states don't have automatic car washes and you have to do it yourself. Probably because you get less snow, but in recent years it seems the South has gotten more snow than usual for them.

So how do you clean your undercarriage from the toxic salt brine?
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I am just curious. We had a lot of snow, melt and then refreeze overnight so there has been a lot of salt on the roads so I went to the automatic car was (standard in NJ) and got my undercarriage cleaned. But I notice a lot of states don't have automatic car washes and you have to do it yourself. Probably because you get less snow, but in recent years it seems the South has gotten more snow than usual for them.

So how do you clean your undercarriage from the toxic salt brine?


I'm not positive, but I don't think the use of road salt is as pevelent as it is up this way.

Otherwise, I would think you could use those pressure washers in the manual car washes to get the job done.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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I am just curious. We had a lot of snow, melt and then refreeze overnight so there has been a lot of salt on the roads so I went to the automatic car was (standard in NJ) and got my undercarriage cleaned. But I notice a lot of states don't have automatic car washes and you have to do it yourself. Probably because you get less snow, but in recent years it seems the South has gotten more snow than usual for them.

So how do you clean your undercarriage from the toxic salt brine?
You wait till it rains and then drive though the rain water....
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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It doesn't snow/ice much in TX, consequently we don't salt the roads very much. When we do, it's a mixture of sand and salt. About once a year I put the sports cars up on jack stands to inspect the underbody and suspension, if it's really dirty, I clean them with a pressure washer in the garage. The SUV's are high enough to where I can just lay under them and use the washer.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I am just curious. We had a lot of snow, melt and then refreeze overnight so there has been a lot of salt on the roads so I went to the automatic car was (standard in NJ) and got my undercarriage cleaned. But I notice a lot of states don't have automatic car washes and you have to do it yourself. Probably because you get less snow, but in recent years it seems the South has gotten more snow than usual for them.

So how do you clean your undercarriage from the toxic salt brine?
I know of people who put sprinklers under car and cleans pretty good!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We have auto washes. However once in a while we will tkae a car in to a detaller and have them clean any salt out of every crook and cranny. Costs abotu $100 just for the undercarriage. Cheaper than body work though.

However most of our cars are not worth doing that on. In fact right now none of them really are. Our van is, but we will wear it out before it rusts out. If I get the G8 GXP i am looking for, I will have it done every spring until I get a 4x4 truck for winter and park the GXP when there is snow/ice

A lot of people have winter cars.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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What state doesn't have "auto car washes"?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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The auto car washes here all have under carriage wash. It's a necessity with the magchloride that's put down on the roads in winter. If you can't find one, crawl close to under the car with your garden hose and a spray nozzle.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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What state doesn't have "auto car washes"?
That's what I'd like to know. Most people drive through the auto wash as a convenience because they don't want to do it themselves, not specifically to clean the undercarriage. States that don't salt the roads as much still have elderly people who don't want to fool around running the high pressure nozzle.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Ever try a water hose with your thumb over the outlet?
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