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Old 07 February 2005, 19:07   #1
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Thoroughly wash your car...

Hello all,

Just a friendly reminder to wash the underside of your car after launching/recovering your boat...

I have been away in Canada for a few weeks and got back yesterday. I had leant my 4wd to a friend whilst away and he washed it before giving it back to me.

He did a very thorough job but pointed out to me that there is a LOT of surface rust on the towbar and the underside of the car including axles etc... For a 3 year old car thats not good.

The cursory flick of the high pressure hose that I usually give the car has obviously not been enough to save it... If you do the same - u may wish to think about a more thorough washing each time. If thats what happens in this climate, in the UK the effects must be much worse...

Out with the RustEater and Hammerite next weekend...
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Old 07 February 2005, 20:34   #2
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couldn't agree more - the worst culprits are people who drive LandRovers - they think because they made of aluminium they won't rust!!!

The best and laziest way to wash a 4x4 underneath is to chuck a garden sprinkler - the oscillating type - underneath and go and have a cup of tea.

Remember it is the amount of flow NOT pressure that counts - in fact pressure washers can drive grease out of bearings etc.
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Old 08 February 2005, 07:41   #3
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Cracking idea Cod

I will try the sprinkler on the boat and trailer next time.
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Old 08 February 2005, 09:32   #4
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couldn't agree more - the worst culprits are people who drive LandRovers - they think because they made of aluminium they won't rust!!!
Aluminium doesn't rust, it corrodes. (just being pedantic )
However the steel chassis holding the Landie together does rust and WILL fall apart eventually.
or if you get a lot of salt water around the chassis/body mounts the area around the mounts will corrode away leaving little holding the body to the chassis
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wash the rangey everytime with powerwasher and all seems ok except the rear discs have corroded and lost a polished surface as bubbles are coming through and its brown!!!
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Vehicle Rusting.

Is this rusting happening because the affected parts are being put in the sea during launching or is it just the proximity of the vehicle to the sea.

The reason I ask is that I only let my tyres go in the sea. I use a rope when I can't launch the boat without the car getting wet. I don't let the wheels or bodywork get splashed. I can't see any signs of rust but my vehicle isn't 3 years old yet.

My friend who sometimes launches me has a ten year old Toyota Hilux Surf which he doesn't care about getting saltwater on. It regularly gets dunked up to the exhaust and is showing very little sign of rusting. It hasn't failed an MOT either and he's been doing this with that particular vehicle for 3 years now.
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The slip I use is a concrete/shinge/mud one and if the wheels spin it deposites mud and slime under the wheel arches. My wheels never go in the briney but I always wash under the arches at the same time as giving the boat a hosing down.
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Ever heard of Tectyl or Galvanising? our car isn't rusty underneat, all the dirt stops it from getting rusty! (Motorway tar, oil, general junk)
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Sounds like "My car dosen't rust! Filler dosen't rust!!"
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The best one I heard was that company cars don't rust and are not susceptible to clutch or tyre wear on the slip way!
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