Just bought a 2002 Durango R/T. It's from FL/NC so no rust, but now that its in the rust belt (Indiana)...what's the best way to "rust proof" or prevent? Ziebart, or is there something cheaper/better?
Regular old motor oil. My grandpap and dad have both always done it, and it's kept their cars from rusting or corroding all this time. It's a messy job to do, but it works.
Yep, it works well for that too. The motor oil isn't as bad as hydraulic oil for stuff sticking to it. There are gravel roads that we drive on and didn't really have problems with that.
Very common practice although the EPA is frowning on it a bit as of late!
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The best defense is a good offense. I have had lots of cars here in the Northeast and rarely have rust issues. After the snow clears, I get the hose out and spray underneath concentrating on the frame and rockers as well as the rear bumper and wheel wells. a good flush here and there during the winter goes a long way. In the old days, Ziebart was recommended when buying new cars, but people had issues with the stuff plugging up needed vent holes and causing rust to form.
All D's were made the same. they weren't treated for the rust belt any different than ones sent to FL. Keep the hose handy and you'll be fine.