Should I wash my car during the winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:26 pm
winter salt build up on car suspension

Winter Car Care: Car Washing

Road salt is the bane of every car’s existence. And here in Wisconsin, it’s everywhere during wintertime. While salt is very important for keeping us safe while driving on snowy roads, it completely destroys the cars it touches. But if it cold outside, you can’t wash your car…right? Not quite.

Here’s why you should wash your vehicle during the winter.


Is Driving a FWD Car in the Snow Safe?


Should You Wash Your Vehicle in the Winter?

snowy driveway in front of suburban house

Yes, you should wash your vehicle once a week during the winter, especially in snowy and icy places like here in Milwaukee. Road salt + moisture = rust. The best way to combat accelerated winter corrosion is soap and warm water. Washing at a carwash or at home are both viable options.

How to Wash Your Car When It’s Below Freezing

First off, avoid washing your vehicle when it’s below freezing whenever you can. But it you’re in the middle of cold snap, there’s are few steps you can take safely wash your vehicle when it’s freezing.

  • Drive your car around for a few minutes with the heater on before washing
  • Remove excess snow and salt build-up before washing
  • Use buckets of hot soap water and hot rinse water
  • Wash the wheels and wheel wells thoroughly
  • Wash the undercarriage of your vehicle, if possible
  • Pull your car into a warm garage to stop water from freezing while drying

Again, try to wash your vehicle on warmer days to avoid icing up your vehicle and your driveway. If it’s below 0°F, then water will freeze too quickly for you to effectively wash your vehicle.

Does Your Vehicle Need Winter TLC?

If you need you to get your vehicle ready for winter, schedule an appointment at Hall Mazda. If you have any questions, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.

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