Currently, winter may be getting ready to wrap up. But it’s never too soon to start thinking about next winter and how to attack salt corrosion prevention for emergency vehicles. Though all vehicles should be dependable, it is of the utmost importance that emergency vehicles be at the ready and completely reliable when needed.
Let’s take a look at how salt corrosion can be battled on fire, police, rescue, and other emergency equipment.
When Spring Has Sprung
When spring finally arrives, or when winter temperatures become uncharacteristically warm, the undercarriage of each vehicle should be thoroughly washed. The application of a rust proofing compound is recommended.
Avoid Electrical Problems
Certain circumstances invite the introduction of road spray and, thereby, road salt. Wire splicing provides an opening for salty moisture to enter. Avoid splicing wires whenever possible.
As often as necessary, electrical connectors should be cleaned using plain water. After drying, re- apply dielectric grease to connections.
On a regular basis, electrical systems should be thoroughly inspected. The corrosive characteristics of salt residue can damage exposed harnesses and electrical wiring, areas that have been spliced (see above), and connections.
Though some companies use mud flaps as an opportunity for advertising, they actually do serve a purpose. You can minimize salt spray up onto your vehicle from the road by keeping your mud flaps in good repair.
A Clean Radiator Is Essential
Whenever possible, use plain water with which to hose out your radiator. Refill with the proper mix of antifreeze, as recommended by the manufacturer. This helps wash away rust and other contaminants.
Keep a Close Eye Out
To identify corrosion in its early stages, frequently inspect the undercarriage of your emergency vehicle. This is a simple, easy form of preventative maintenance.
As suggested above, whenever possible (when warmer weather permits), the undercarriage should be thoroughly washed. Though there is some debate as to whether low-pressure washing or high-pressure washing should be used, manufacturer recommendations may make that choice easier.
Whenever possible, protective coatings should be reapplied to areas in which the coating may have been scrubbed off, worn off, or otherwise removed. Before applying protective coatings, make sure that areas such as wheel wells and vehicle undersides are not packed with snow, salt, or mud.
Try Using Salt Alternatives
If you have any say as to what kind of road treatments are used in your area, consider suggesting salt alternatives. These not only reduce damage done to vehicles but to the surface of your roads as well. Salt alternatives include the following:
- Calcium magnesium acetate
- Potassium acetate
- Magnesium chloride
- Calcium chloride
- Sodium chloride
When salt eats away at the parts or body on your trailer or transport vehicle, turn to Mickey Genuine Parts for replacement components. Additionally, we have numerous certified service centers located throughout the United States for your convenience. If you have questions, need to order a part, or would like to schedule service, contact one of our helpful service representatives today.