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Repair Rust on your Car

One of the most dreaded enemies of automobiles is rust. It spreads without your knowing and destroys your vehicle from within. To give you a better idea about the consequences of rust, below are some details on its effects, areas that can get major damage and what you can do to address the problem.

Effects of car rust

Rust has several adverse effects of your car, including—but not limited to—the following:

  • Weakens metal parts
    Rust makes a vehicle's parts weaker because it eats away even the largest, thickest metal pieces. If the rust corrodes any part that's crucial to safety, like the chassis, the car's structural integrity may become compromised.

  • Causes parts to get stuck
    Corrosion can also cause moving metal parts to get stuck. For instance, rust may prevent bolts from being loosened or removed, preventing you from accessing and repairing certain areas of the vehicle.

  • Makes holes
    Rust can also make holes on metal parts, like mufflers or even a car's steel outer body. Holes in mufflers can cause carbon monoxide to leaks into the vehicle and harm the passengers. Aside from being unsightly, holes on the car’s body can cause problems, like being entryways for dust and rain.

  • Affects electrical connections
    If there is rust in contact points, it will prevent electricity from being conducted. The effect depends on where the corroded part is located, but if there is rust in let's say, the car's ignition coil, you won't be able to start the engine.

Areas that can get significant damage

There are three main parts of your car that should concern you when corroded:

  • Engine
    Rust can damage your car's engine significantly. Once corrosion gets in parts of the engine, like the valve train or even the cylinder, the engine will stop working. When this happens, the engine obviously needs to be taken out and overhauled.

  • Painted surfaces
    You need to be concerned about corrosion's effect on the car's paint and external steel body because this damage will cost you a great deal of money to repair. Not treating rust would bring about large bubbles that cause the paint to peel off, spread throughout the finish and eventually make holes on the body.

  • Frame and chassis
    Corrosion will cause the car's frame and chassis to become brittle, compromising the car's structural integrity and your safety.

Ways of treating car rust

There are several things you can do to address the problem:

  • Replacement of the affected part
    The best way to fix a rusted car part is by replacing it with a fresh, new part to completely stop the corrosion's spread. The problem with this approach, however, is that replacing panels is quite expensive.

  • Slowing and preventing the spread
    Corrosion can be treated using rust blockers, which slow and prevent the spread of existing rust. These blockers seal the metal's surface from contact with air and moisture, slowing the formation of new rust.

  • Rust conversion
    You can also choose to slow the spread of rust by treating it with rust removers, which convert rust to ferric phosphate. After treatment, the ferric phosphate can be scrubbed off, leaving a fresh, metal surface.