As you drive your vehicle on a daily basis, chances are it experiences plenty of dings and marks from rocks, other vehicle doors, shopping carts, and various other types of debris on the road. While a little scratch or mark might not seem like a big deal to you, in a few months that little mark could turn into a rust spot, which will eventually take over a larger area of your vehicle. If you have dings, scratches or other marks, no matter how small, have them touched up right away to give the metal of your vehicle the protection it needs.
The best way to ensure that your vehicle does not become taken over by rust is to maintain it properly. Regularly washing and inspecting your vehicle is your best defense against unsightly rust. Also, providing an extra layer of protection by using rust prevention products specifically meant to fight magnesium chloride will give your vehicle its best fight against road salt and rust. Protect the investment that you made in your vehicle and make it as safe as possible by preventing rust from occurring. The earlier that you act, the more likely it is that your vehicle will remain unaffected by rust.
Magnesium Chloride is a threat to motor vehicle bodies & frames.
New test methodology, SAE J2334, shows that MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE is more corrosive than salt.
Corrosion is a bigger problem than ever before because of changes in the way DOT’s now de-ice the roads and highways. Over the past 15 years, it is estimated that the costs associated with corrosion caused by anti-icing chemicals have increased more than tenfold.
$30,000,000,000! is the amount that the Federal Highway Administration estimates that corrosion costs the nation’s transportation industry. A lot of this is due to the increased use of MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE.
Over 38 states are currently using some sort of MgCI or CaCl to de-ice their roads.
Magnesium Chloride attracts moisture from the air making it more aggressive than salt because it is active even when “dry.”
One engineer states “MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE is basically ‘liquid rust.’ It clings to everything, and it attracts moisture – and it does not wash off easily”.
Tractors and trailers can be harmed even more when they drive through counties using different de-icers. Picking up all three chloride salts – calcium, magnesium, and sodium – makes corrosion even worse.
The downside to MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE and CALCIUM CHLORIDE as de-icing agents are varied and serious regarding the potential increase in maintenance time and costs. State and local DOT’s may apply these chemicals before any snowfall, increasing the likelihood and degree of exposure to cars, trucks, and trailers. These materials are especially destructive because of their ability to cling to the underbody of a vehicle and re-crystalize as they slowly dry out. By nature they attract and absorb moisture from the surrounding environment, keeping them in a semi-solution state for extended periods, which multiplies their corrosiveness.
Regarding trailers, road chemicals may affect a variety of components: structural members, suspensions, support gear, and top and bottom rails, to name a few.