Salt causing rust, corrosion on some vehicles

4 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, May 12 2015 May 12, 2015 Tuesday, May 12, 2015 4:50:00 PM CDT May 12, 2015 in News
By: Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Winter months are known to take a toll on vehicles. Cars and trucks have to plow through snow and ice and take what seems to be a never-ending beating from frigid temperatures.

But while snow and ice might just make it tough to drive, there's another winter element that is could cause major damage to every car on the road: salt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently finished a five-year investigation regarding complaints to General Motors for owners reporting rusted brake lines. Instead of another GM recall, the NHTSA blamed the corrosion on road salt and a lack of washing. 

Complaints centered around vehicles from 1999-2007 and 10 different models including Chevrolet Avalanches and Cadillac Escalades. 

The NHTSA said that despite more than 3,000 complaints, the vehicles themselves were not defective. 

The agency urged people in cold-weather states to get their car and truck undercarriages washed several times during and after the winter, and to get brake lines inspected for rust and replace them if necessary. It said over time, salt can cause brake lines, suspension parts and even the frame to corrode and possibly fail. 

Bob McCosh Service Manager Michael Mountjoy said there are many factors when it comes to failing brake lines.

"It's usually on older vehicles that have a higher mileage," he said. "They are usually a vehicle that is a work truck or it's in an environment where it has a lot of moisture, a lot of mud, a lot of salt."

Mountjoy said this issue is commonplace in states with harsh winters, such as Missouri, where salt is frequently used. Since you can't avoid the salt, Mountjoy said the best thing to do is routinely run your vehicle through a car wash. 

Tiger Express Car Wash Chief Operating Officer Maxwell Manning said his car wash offers two different washes, the Truman and the Black and Gold, both of which provide jets that wash the under-side of the car. However, the cheapest wash, the Tiger Express, does not. 

Manning said there is not a special chemical to defeat rust, but that washing your vehicle about once a week usually is enough. 

Mountjoy said even though this winter wasn't terrible in mid-Missouri, getting a full under-body wash will greatly help prolong the parts under the vehicle. 

"Everybody wants to clean the outside because that's what you see, that's what is nice and shiny and makes the car look nice, but it's the underside that needs some attention too," he said. 

If the rust does corrode the brake lines, Mountjoy said repairs cost between $400-$600.

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police believe no one is injured after they investigated a shots fired call on Wednesday night. Police... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 8:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:51:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have returned to the state Capitol to work on an emergency coronavirus funding bill.... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:17:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:43:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:31:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
4am 47°
5am 45°
6am 44°
7am 42°