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Protecting your vehicle from rust, due to de-icing chemicals

Chemicals used to de-ice roadways can be very helpful. Can they also be harmful to your vehicle? As the end of winter approaches, millions of Americans will face pricey vehicle repairs from rust damage.

According to AAA, 70-percent of drivers in the U.S. are at risk for rust damage to their vehicle.

It can be costly, annoying, and most importantly dangerous.

Here’s a statistic that’ll make you slam on the brakes: drivers in the U.S. paid over $15-billion in rust repairs over the last five years, all caused by de-icing chemicals.

And this can be much bigger than a cosmetic issue, it can also create serious safety issues for you.

De-icing chemicals can cause damage to your brake lines, fuel tanks, and even exhaust system.

Here are the things you need to look out here—

1. Warning lights for brakes and other critical systems on your dashboard

2. A “spongey” or soft feeling when hitting the brakes

3. A loud and unusual exhaust sound

4. A strong smell of gasoline when the vehicle is parked or running

Also, try not to drive right before, during or after winter storms when there’s a huge amount of salt out, hit up the car wash as often as you can, and if you’re washing your car yourself use a high-quality cleaning solution.

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