When you wash your car, many owners don’t think about the undercarriage. You tend to wash what you can see and forget about the rest. However, when it comes to the undercarriage of your car, this is a terrible idea!

The undercarriage is one of the most important parts to wash on a vehicle because it is vulnerable to all the contaminants and hazards on the road. You need to wash your undercarriage to protect it from potential damage that can be caused by these hazards. Keep reading to learn how to keep the undercarriage clean and what could happen if you don’t.

Why Should I Wash my Undercarriage?

You should keep your undercarriage clean to protect it from a variety of problems. It could experience damage from road hazards. It could also be subject to clogs from road contaminants.

Preventing Clogs in Your Undercarriage

When you drive you kick up dust, sand, and rocks under your vehicle. There are tons of crevices and drainage holes in the undercarriage of your car that could become clogged from the dust and dirt on the road. If you drive off road or on gravel on a regular basis, this problem can compound quite a bit. Regularly washing the underbody of your car can help remove this buildup and keep everything running smoothly.

Preventing Rust in Your Undercarriage

Hazards on the road such as metal, large rocks, and other debris can cause damage to the undercarriage. If something hits the frame under your car and leaves a scratch or a ding, it could leave the metal exposed to moisture and other elements. This moisture can cause the metal to rust, which leads to a host of other issues.

Protecting Your Undercarriage from Salt

Whether you live in an area that sees regular snowfall each year, or a coastal area with sea salt in the air, it’s a problem for your vehicle. Rinsing the underbody of your car on a regular basis can help remove salt from the metal that it clings to. If you don’t remove the salt on a regular basis, it can cause oxidation, etching, and rust, which can eat away at the metal and crate some major maintenance issues.

Do Automatic Car Washes Clean the Under Carriage?

Most automatic car washes clean the undercarriage of the vehicle if you purchase the right package. However, not all car washes are created equal. You need to make sure that the car wash you use has enough water pressure to really blast the underbody and get all the grime off.

For example, at Woodie’s, we offer a high-pressure, warm under body rinse that can melt away the salt and grime that’s under your vehicle. The combination of pressure and heat helps to loosen the debris, clogs and other contaminants that have built up over time. This is the best way to protect your undercarriage, unless you can jack your car up at home and pressure wash it!

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