Rust is a real threat to cars all throughout the year. Washing and waxing are too great ways to prevent your car from looking like the one in the picture above. Make sure to take your car to Mr. Magic for a full wash and wax to prevent rush from causing holes in your paint. What causes rust in cars? Keep reading below to learn more about rust and how to prevent it.
Rust is iron oxide, a molecule consisting of two iron atoms and three oxygen atoms. It’s the product of an electrochemical process called corrosion. To create rust, three factors must be present: an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte. An anode is a piece of metal that will readily release electrons under the right circumstances. Cathodes are metals that will accept electrons. Electrolytes are liquids that facilitate the movement of electrons.
As electrons flow from the anode to the cathode via the electrolyte, the anode metal corrodes. In the case of metals with iron in them, part of the anode metal becomes rust. As the metal corrodes, it weakens. That’s not something you want to have happen to your vehicle.
There are several points on your car that are more susceptible to rust. For example, your car’s engine, frame, chassis, exhaust system and trunk compartment can develop rust. Optional equipment, like trailer hitches, can also fall prey to corrosion. Rust can even attack painted surfaces on your car.
Getting rid of rust is challenging. It’s easier to take steps to prevent rust than it is to eradicate it. In the case of rust, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Read the full article (and get some great rust prevention tips!) here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/vehicle-maintenance/prevent-automotive-rust.htm