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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-14-2006, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Washing your mn12

I live in the great white north and after having a couple of my early mn 12 rust in the rocker panel at the rear and the door post i did a study when the car was on the hoist.What I found was that at the rear underneath where the frame goes out to join the rocker there are a couple of access holes one triangular and one round and they fill up with dirt mud ,or salt up in the snow country.I hand wash my cars and what I do is hook up to the hot water and after doing the painted areas I start at the front where the fender meets the windshield i put the nozzle in this area and it runs down and comes out the drain at the bottom.Do this till the water runs clean, then go to the area at the end of the rocker and put the hose in those access holes and repeat the procedure.Then do the rear wheel arch and the lower rear of the quarter panel.You would be surprised at how much dirt and salt and whatever comes out on the pavement.I used this procedure for my old 94 and when I sold the car after seven winters it still had no structural rust.Even if you do not wash your own car this procedure can be done in your laneway,no matter how good your car wash is they do not do this.I know this is a strange sounding thread but I think it would help not only we northerners but anyone that drives in dirty area,s.Regards,Jim
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It hate washing my car during the winter time, mainly because I can't feel my hands afterwards and they're bright red. So far I have washed it once but I went to the car wash, the automatic one. I chose the one that actually sprayed the undercarage before you entered the booth. I think that will be enough until its warm enough for me to really wash it.

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I know what your saying ,but if you just do this even if you do not wash the outside of the car it will do more to save the rust worm than washing the exterior. When you use the hot water it eliminates any frozen hands.
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I still wash my car or at least try to once a week. Me washing it in the winter, hell no!! I take it down to the Rainbow Car Wash and it goes through there and gets all cleaned up. I usually have them use rust inhibitor, which sprays water on the under carrage to get all of the dirt/salt off. I used to anyway, I drive the Contour when the roads are salty now.

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