How to Fight Sand and Water Damage
Have big plans to spend your days at the beach this summer? Getting a nice tan may be on the agenda, but damaging your car may not. While soaking up some rays, keep in mind that cars are vulnerable to water and sand, but there are many ways you can keep your car protected.
Sand can harm your car in more ways than you may think. Yes, it may be annoying to get sand on your floor mats or in crevices of your car that you just physically can’t get to, but sand can actually cause damage to your car too. Here are some ways to battle the elements to protect your vehicle.
Be careful about where sand is getting trapped in your vehicle. Getting sand in the cabin can be bothersome, but if sand does find its way under the hood and actually get into the pulley system of your seat belt, it could damage it completely. Sand can also get into the air filters of the car, causing them to clog – When a filter clogs with sand it will restrict the airflow in the car.
Little grains of sand have the tendency to get stuck in the windshield if it’s a windy day at the beach or you accidently get some sand on the windshield – This leads to damaging scratches on the windshield that could later obscure vision or cause damage that needs repairs. If sand does find its way to the windshield, rinsing it with a water bottle is pretty helpful.
When it comes to cleaning the car after a day out, be mindful of the surface of the car. Using sponges or waxing kits with sand in the way, a.k.a. sand residue left on the vehicle, the grains of sand will scratch away at the clear coat of the car, wearing away at the paint job. Again, a full rinse and good wash prior to waxing can help to avoid such instances.
There are easy steps that you can take when trying to prevent all of these damages from happening to your vehicle. After a day at the beach, use an air pump and blast away the sand inside your car. A leaf blower works really well too. Washing your vehicle as soon as you have access to fresh water is ideal for preventing corrosion from the salty water and air.
Make sure that you are washing your car regularly – every two weeks should suffice, and it’s a really great idea that will help you keep on top of maintaining a clean and beautiful car. Along with that should be waxing. This will help prevent a car’s paint from showing excessive signs of wear, which in return will prevent corrosion and rust. Purchasing a car cover is also a great way of protecting your vehicle from elements that could be harmful, such as salt, sand, and moisture. The best types of covers to get have fabric on the inside so that the cover itself doesn’t scratch the paint.
Water damage is a common occurrence, especially in South Florida. That’s why it’s good to know about what water damage from an overflowing canal or intercoastal could actually mean for your vehicle. And we’re not just talking about your car floating away, though that is a possibility.
Water damage is usually obvious to spot – the car is either soaking wet, inside or out. Damages can range from exterior and interior damage like leather and carpet, to the entire electrical system in the vehicle, and even engine damage. If you notice these things and you already know there has been flooding then be sure to contact your insurance company as soon as you can. This is why it is extremely important to deal with water damage as soon as you can by taking it to a mechanic and have them check out the vehicle. Even rinsing your car after a flood can make a difference by just getting the dirty water and salt water off of the bottom of the vehicle.
Taking a few simple and easy precautions when you know there is a possibility of flooding could save you a lot of trouble in the near future. Start with making sure everything is sealed in your vehicle, such as the doors, windows, and sunroof are all completely sealed, especially if you’re parking outside. Getting to high places is also a great tip for avoiding water damages, for example, parking levels in a parking garage or parking on any higher surface, such as a hill even though we all know south Florida isn’t particularly known for having hills. Regardless, finding an elevated surface could help avoid severe water damage in some instances.
If you’re ever in a situation where you are driving through a body of water itself it would be best to keep the vehicle at a slow pace. The technique is to create a bit of a wave to try and keep the water from flooding the engine while also traversing across the puddle, small pond, etc – Don’t try to drive through a flooded street. After you have driven through water, the brakes will be wet and that can cause them to not work properly. Be sure to drive slow for awhile and use the brakes lightly to try and have the heat evaporate the water.We hope these tips help you with keeping your car safe from sand and water damage. Have any other tips? Share them with us on University Mitsubishi social media.