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Your favorite way to get salt off car

with winter here would like to read what you guys have as a routine after driving on salted (even brined!) roads. in the past I've just been sure to hit the car wash within a few days. now I'm wondering if I could do more. when I had the boat I used a product called 'salt away' and it truly did dissolve salt easily. tried vinegar water and not nearly as effective AND I've recently read that vinegar and salt is worse than just salt.
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Move the car to SoCal.
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I just do a wash and wax on the outside of the car, then drive around in the rain for half an hour to clean the underside. A mechanic friend said to put a garden sprinkler under the car for half an hour, but I think blasting through a few puddles plus the pressure of water flying up off the wheels would do a better job. Salt dissolves pretty easily so just water for half an hour will do.
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Touchless car wash with an underbody spray, at least for the normal cars.
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Tequila and lime?

I don't drive the porsche. Drive the daily driver in winter, let mother nature wash it off with spring showers. In the 70's, cars and exhausts were shot in a few years. Much better today.

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I don't think the salt has much effect until the temps are around 20 or over.
Haven't seen that temp here for about a month now.
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I wear carhardts and goggles in addition to the occasional high pressure underbody spray at the local coin-operated vehicular bidet.
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Water. I use water. Experiments with mercury were not optimal. So I'm sticking with water.
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Move the car to SoCal.
ha ha

My first thought, as well.
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I don't think the salt has much effect until the temps are around 20 or over.
Haven't seen that temp here for about a month now.
^^^^Exactly the same here, just leave your baby covered up in the garage, and buy a winter beater. Right now, the temp is -4 degrees, so any attempt to remove salt will injure you, and the car, with the possability of freezing the doors shut, breaking off door handles, other delicate stuff (on the car also).
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I've spent a small fortune over my lifetime removing salt from cars. Frequent automatic car washes with the underbody blast and a heated garage to park in probably work best. Moving to Florida worked even better.

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fluid film before winter hits.
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Spray copious amounts of hydrogen dioxide under the wheelarches (especially in the reverse flanges around the opening ) and on the underside and the bodywork . as soon as practicable after the exposure to the salt.
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Correction , dihydrogen oxide.
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Correction , dihydrogen oxide.
I had to google that one...hydric acid?
How does that work to repel salt?
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Use hydric acid in 100% concentration and there will be no bodywork left for the salt to corrode. Simples
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)
What is Dihydrogen Monoxide?
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.
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I keep it in the garage when salt is on the road.
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