Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Upstate Western New York. Just East of the Rochester metroplex
Dang. That had me going to look the TH over.
I personally only wash the car in Winter at the spray booths and not frequently as the majority of washes around here that have unlimited or are otherwise really busy reclaim much of their water and while the final rinse is supposed to be fresh, so much salt gets sprayed up from underneath already and this adds to it as the under-spray is far from fresh.
As I park outside, I can at least count on melting snow, a lot which is wet in the beginning and end of Winter to melt cleanly over the outside.
I don't drive loads of miles any more either but do still travel a lot locally. In deep Winter, unless I have to I leave most of it alone. The spray booth when open, gets the undersides and wheels as well as a quick rinse of the engine bay though I pick and choose as the engine keeps running.
I can tell you that each time I clean out the salt from the garage that there is so much crystallized salt near the waste can, the Winter rugs near the door, etc, that I collect what look like walls about and inch or more high around any structure. I always shovel out as much excess salt water as I can during every storm as well.
In our area road salt is specifically excluded by the warranty. We debated this at the dealer, but they said dealerships had been through law suits and the courts for the most part can't hold an automaker liable for road chemicals and hazards. Same goes if you live in an area with coastal salt spray.
It sucks but it's life in the rust belt or ocean areas.
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