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Road salt: how long for it to dissipate?

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We had a very early snowstorm here yesterday afternoon. The crews were out putting salt and brine on the roads so needless to say my ex-California car 2002 did not see any use. All the snow has melted from the roads, leaving them dry. However, I worry there's probably a lot of fine salt dust/residue and so forth that would still get kicked up on the body and undercarriage of the 02. How long would you wait before exposing your 2002 to the streets again? I usually like to wait for a nice rain to wash the last of the salt away but it looks like it will be clear all week. 

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I'd wait for a good rain to wash the salt into your ecosystem...

 

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8 minutes ago, Guy Cocquyt said:

It really only gets transferred to the car as a moist spray. You are fine to drive on dry roads.
 

um, no.  the brine/salt dust gets everywhere under the car.  then the rust starts when it gets wet.  if the road looks white or there is salt on the road edges, keep the 02's in the garage.

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37 minutes ago, Sahara said:

 How long would you wait before exposing your 2002 to the streets again? 

 April........ here in the beautiful BC

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I live in snow country and agree with you, keep the 02' s in the garage. But my daily driver (a VW Golf, not an irreplaceable 48 year old BMW treasure) has to endure the salt so I wash it frequently. Dry bare winter roads are not as bad as the moist slushy salt spray after a fresh snowfall treated with salt. That gets transferred into every book and crannie much worse than salt dust.


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25 minutes ago, joysterm said:

 April........ here in the beautiful BC

That’s probably the safest option but I only just got the car in late September I’d hate to put it away so soon. 

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1 minute ago, Sahara said:

That’s probably the safest option but I only just got the car in late September I’d hate to put it away so soon. 

I feel your  pain ....I have not driven mine in anger for some 40 years and now nearing the end of a 5 year re-do, I will gladly wait a few more months, but its killin' me

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49 minutes ago, joysterm said:

April........ here in the beautiful BC

 

Wait a minute!  Not quite yet.  I'm watching and no trucks have been out yet.  At least not where I live.  We're just above freezing with a few sunny days coming up.  One last hurrah.

 

I've noticed that commercial parking lots are the first to get massive chunks of salt put down, and the municipalities follow soon after with the brine solution on the roads.

 

Whenever I get caught off-guard and drive anywhere near salt, I rinse under the car and let it dry before putting it away.  

 

I'm especially concerned with the fender channels behind the front wheels and under the rear quarter panels beside the gas tank and the spare tire well.  Wet leaves and dirt find their way into the those areas and stay wet for way too long.

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Side note:  Before you put your car away for the winter, clean under the radiator, inside the nose clip.  If you drive AT ALL, dirt could collect there from other drivers' rear wheels kicking up debris into your grill.

 

If the dirt etc. doesn't drain out it sits there forever.  When you wash your car it adds more moisture to keep the dirt wet.  We've seen the result of this in the rusted-out nose clips.  Right?

 

I've had some small rocks, a couple of bolts and washers blocking the drain holes.

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3 minutes ago, PaulTWinterton said:

Side note:  Before you put your car away for the winter, clean under the radiator, inside the nose clip.  If you drive AT ALL, dirt could collect there from other drivers' rear wheels kicking up debris into your grill.

  

If the dirt etc. doesn't drain out it sits there forever.  When you wash your car it adds more moisture to keep the dirt wet.  We've seen the result of this in the rusted-out nose clips.  Right?

 

I had some small rocks, a couple of bolts and washers blocking the drain holes.

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So I'm pretty new to 2002 ownership I said. Can you please tell me how to access this area for cleaning? Do I need to dismount the grille slats or can I go in through the engine bay or something? 

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19 minutes ago, PaulTWinterton said:

 

Wait a minute!  Not quite yet.  I'm watching and no trucks have been out yet.  At least not where I live.  We're just above freezing with a few sunny days coming up.  One last hurrah.

 

I've noticed that commercial parking lots are the first to get massive chunks of salt put down, and the municipalities follow soon after with the brine solution on the roads.

 

Whenever I get caught off-guard and drive anywhere near salt, I rinse under the car and let it dry before putting it away.  

 

I'm especially concerned with the fender channels behind the front wheels and the under the rear quarter panels beside the gas tank and the spare tire well.  Wet leaves and dirt find their way into the those areas and stay wet for way too long.

don't forget the sand

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