Factors that influence the formation of rust in your cars,
- – Oxygen and iron have a strong affinity to each other. They seek the other even in hot regions where the air is dry, react with each other. Consider rust as their love child.
- – Salt has been used to remove the snow and ice formation on the road for many years. It is adopted in various places as it is the cheapest way to deal with the roads on winter. The salt helps to lowers the freezing temperature of the water and you can drive your car safely over them. All seems well, but the sad part is the moisture that is present on the road reacting with the body parts of your vehicle especially the underside.
- – People living close to sea have their car affected by rust all the time. The closer a car is kept near the beach, the more exposure it gets from the combo of salt and water. The exposure is directly proportional to the formation of rust.
- – The iron has some additives with them that can prevent rusting. A best example for this is stainless steel. It has nickel and chromium that binds the iron atoms together, preventing them to react with oxygen atoms and this keep them from oxidizing.
- – Hot iron can rust quicker as the presence of heat can catalyze the chemical reaction. This makes the mufflers and the exhaust manifold in the car more vulnerable to corrosion. Also, thin iron can rust faster than a thick iron.
- – Iron that is painted with oil or other paintings has no contact with water and air. This can slow the process of rusting.
- – Poor maintenance is also a reason for the formation of rust. Neglecting a car without any care can equally damage the car as the other things mentioned above.
On the whole, the formation of rust and the speed of its progress depend on the material that is rusting and the surrounding environment.