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As a motorist, you want your car looking and functioning well. Rust doesn’t just make your vehicle’s exterior look bad, it can be harmful to your car. For excellent rust proofing services near Ottawa, look no further than Kavanaugh Garage. Our team of experts know how to treat rust. Our professional affiliations include Tech-Net Professional Auto Service, Carquest®, and Rust Check.
Get protective rust proofing services in Ottawa today. Learn more about how rust works, how to avoid it, and how to fight it.
What is Rust?
“Rust” is the common name for iron oxide. Iron oxide is created when electrons from one type of metal (an “anode”) flow to another type of metal (a “cathode”) through an electrolytic liquid.
When this flow happens, the anode metal corrodes and the parts with iron rust. Your car acts as an anode and a cathode, and water (from rain, humidity, etc.) acts as an electrolyte.
Causes of Rust
So if you live in a stormy area, your vehicle is more susceptible to rust. If you live in a humid area, your vehicle can rust even if it is stored under cover.
Salt in water also helps rust form. You may think you are safe from saltwater because you live inland in the Ottawa region, but the cold winters here mean salt is frequently used to melt ice and snow on roads. When the salt melts, you’re literally driving over an electrolyte!
Why Rust is Dangerous
Rust is corrosion. Therefore, it can be dangerous to you, your passengers, and other motorists. Rust on your frame compromises the structural integrity of your car, causing parts to crack or completely break off. Holes caused by corrosion can put you in contact with toxic fumes. Rust can also form in your brake and gas lines, components you definitely want in working order!
How to Prevent Rust
Did you know you’re your vehicle already comes with rust protection from its manufacturer? Unfortunately, this built-in protection is often not enough.
There are several ways you can prevent rust:
How to Fight Rust
You can repair rust yourself with methods like sanding and touching-up minor splotches of corrosion. But when rust is a serious problem (ie. it’s making a hole in your vehicle!) it’s best to leave it to the experts to ensure your safety.
At Kavanaugh Garage, we believe in fighting rust before bigger problems and costlier repairs happen down the road. Bring your vehicle in today for excellent rust proofing services in Ottawa. We look forward to helping you!