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Car wash warning: for automobiles polluted with CaCl2
Date 2010-03-02 Hit 1542
With repeated heavy snow and cold weather this winter, use of deicing products such as calcium chloride (CaCl2) has drastically increased to facilitate snow removal and anti-freezing. Against this backdrop, special cautions are needed for consumers to wash cars contaminated with CaCl2 and other deicers. 

Calcium chloride (CaCl2) is commonly used as deicers as 1) it produces an exothermic reaction to surrounding moisture; and 2) gives off heat and melts the surrounding snow at high speed as it melts. However, the Korea Consumer Agency (President: Kim, Young-Seen, www.kca.go.kr) sent a wake-up call to consumers that quick car wash is advisable after driving on the road sprayed with heavy CaCl2. The KCA continued to sound a warning to the nation that severe corrosion could take place quite fast if CaCl2, which is mixed up with the snow and absorbed into the vehicle, is exposed to damaged or broken areas of car panel [Picture 1]; or left long hours in cracks of parts of underbody [Picture 2].
Picture 1) Corrosion of Deicing Salts of Damaged Parts on the Painting Surface

Picture 2) Vehicle Corrosion exposed to Deicing Salts for long time
《Car Wash Tips for polluted vehicles with Deicing Salts》
◆ Quick car wash is recommended.
◆ Self-service car wash or hand car wash is advised, rather than automatic car wash. 
◆ For cleaning the inside of car engine room, steam wash is recommended, rather than water-wash.
◆ Even after water-wash, additional cleaning is advisable for areas such as inside of panels, connection parts of inner and outer panels, areas around muffler, bumpers, and a space between car doors.
◆ Car mats are advised to be pulled out without dusts being fallen to the floor to be cleaned or the dust should be cleaned away after being dried.  

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Choi, Eun-sil, Head of Consumer Product Safety Team (☎ 02-3460-3481)
Lee, Myung-gab, Senior Manager of Consumer Product Safety Team (☎ 02-3460-3483)
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