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how to remove road salt from Taco?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoTuesday1, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. Apr 19, 2020 at 2:22 PM
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    TacoTuesday1

    TacoTuesday1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Got a little too much salt on my taco

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    I saw the snow plow dispensing dirt,
    but I saw a lot of salt around on the road too, not sure the side-walk.
    I hear it's a new formula that's less corrosive, but still...

    How do you protect from salt,
    and especially, remove it after driving?

    I am thinking of buying some Rhino Ramps ($50) to rise one end of the truck in a DIY car wash bay,
    to spray the underbody laying down on my back underneath
    with the pressure washer on low setting, spotless rinse, so that it doesn't blast salt into cracks and crevices

    Either that or maybe jacking it up if the wash bay is not busy.
    But that costs even more
    $110 for a high rise floor jack, plus jack stands

    I'm not sure if local drive-thru car washes have an underbody sprayers, but if they do
    the bad part might be those spinning flap things on top smacking the paint
    even if I do unscrew the antenna so it doesn't break off, I hear they scratch the paint

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  2. Apr 19, 2020 at 2:27 PM
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    badkids

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    An oscillating sprinkler works well for undercarriage rinse off road salt before pressure washing. Let dry and apply Fluid Film in fall.IMG_20191008_145233266.jpg
     
  4. Apr 19, 2020 at 2:49 PM
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    You don't have to lay on your back to use the wand of a pressure washer to rinse the undercarriage since a typical Tacoma has a lot of ground clearance. High-pressure setting is fine to use, the salt is usually in powder (dried) or liquid form. The problem is the timing; when rinsing at a self-serve pressure wash place, you will still need to drive home on salty roads. So, it needs to be done at home once the truck is not going to be driven for the rest of the day/night. This means you need to have a pressure washer at home. There are problems associated with this scenario, some them are: freezing of the runoff water (unless temperature is above 25F with a strong sun) on the driveway and keeping water in your equipment (pressure washer and garden hose) from freezing during and after.

    Truly, the only way to keep salt off your Tacoma is to get a beater to drive in the salty winter roads. In my case, my Tacoma is the salty-road beater (one among its several other roles).
     
  5. Apr 19, 2020 at 4:26 PM
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