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Recently, my spouse got into his car to go to work. Before he even made it down our long driveway, his car began making frightening sounds. Afraid to continue driving the vehicle to work, my husband decided to stay home for the day. After investigating the car, he traveled to an auto parts store in my vehicle. He purchased transmission fluid to put in his problematic automobile. Thankfully, the transmission fluid helped the car’s performance. Besides transmission fluid, you can find many other types of items to help you maintain your vehicle at an auto parts store. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most sought after items available at auto parts stores today. Enjoy!

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Keeping Your Car Maintained

How To Prevent Auto Body Rust

by Renee Miles

Rust on your vehicle's body represents a serious threat to the integrity of your car. Over time, rust can spread like a disease and eat away at the metal of your auto body, adversely affecting your car's performance. Thankfully, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent rust from developing on your vehicle before it becomes a serious problem.

Constant Cleaning

One of the best ways that you can prevent rust from developing on your car's body is by regularly washing your vehicle. This helps remove dirt, salt, and other contaminants which can wear away the protective layer over your car's paint and allow rust to begin forming on the metal. This is especially true for vehicle owners who live in climates that experience a great deal of snowfall, since they will be exposed to a greater amount of salt in the winter months. Washing your vehicle once a month should be more than enough.

Clear the Drain Holes

When it rains, water can find its way into the window casing and the interior of your vehicle doors. This is why car doors have drain holes in the bottom. Over time, especially if you drive off road consistently or do not have your car washed consistently, dirt and other debris can clog these drain holes and allow water to get stuck inside the rocker panels and doors of your vehicle, which can rapidly promote rust and corrosion. You can clear out these drain holes by opening the door and getting on the ground to look at the underside. Use a coat hanger, a skewer, or another long thin object to remove anything that may be obstructing these drain holes.

Sanding and Repainting

In the event that rust does develop on your vehicle, you can sand and repaint the area to prevent the rust from spreading. You can do this yourself with 150 grit sandpaper, a sanding block, auto body primer, and auto body paint that matches your car's color. Simply sand away the rusted area until the metal is exposed, and then apply two thin coats of primer and three thin coats of paint according to the instructions on the can. However, if you want to maintain the aesthetic integrity of your vehicle's paint job, you should head to an auto body repair specialist to have the rust removed and your car repainted for professional results. 

For more information, contact a company like Dugan Oil and Tire.