Protect your car from winter weather

GRANGER Winter weather affects our homes, our health and the roads, but the cold temperatures can also play a role in how our cars run.

As people continue to drive over ice and snow, the precipitation will stick to the under body of the vechicle. That gunk can cause rust and damage to the metal machinery under the car.

Ice and snow can also stick in the wheel wells of the car, which can affect the alignment and a driver's ability to stop.

Road salt is also a concern. It's a safety precaution, but the materials are corrosive to the paint finish and in some cases, the tires.

To avoid hefty maintenance fees down the line, experts at a local car wash suggest a regular wash.

"The salt is really corrosive to both the paint and the under side of the vehicle," said Ted Bauer, the Operations Manager at Mike's Car Wash in Heritage Square. "That's why a lot of our customers are coming in to Mikes this time of year just to flush all of that out."

"If you go a couple of months or even a year without washing your car in the winter months, that's really going to start to corrode the metal and everything that's under there," said Bauer.

For more information on pricing at Mike's Car Wash, visit the webpage.

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