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Salty engine

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by RoseMan806, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. RoseMan806

    RoseMan806 Member
    Messages: 96

    I've been working on ideas to prevent or limit the amount of salt that gets onto my engine. Looking in through the front wheel wells I can see the engine block and manifolds. Has anyone sealed up the well to limit road salt, debris from engine compartment? I've been taking the truck to the local car wash after every storm but this was the first warm day I was able to take close look and saw salt caked onto the manifolds, oil pan, block, etc. as if it dried on contact of the hot engine.
     
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Come spring, or the next nice/warmer day Im going to try that Lubriseal or whatever it is. I believe they are a sponsor on here. Other than that the only thing you can do is keep washing it. Everyone who plows snow/salts for a living should get a huge discount on new trucks,lol. I know a guy who just fertilizes during the "normal" months and his trucks are 2000-2003 and they are mint, even the frames look new :realmad:
     
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Just saw the promotional ad and I dont think it will work too well with the heat. Maybe come spring give it a good power wash and paint with heat paint in a rattle can. Im probably going that route, even the oil pan, at least its a bit of protection
     
  4. RoseMan806

    RoseMan806 Member
    Messages: 96

    Got under the truck with the garden hose and really washed everything down. After the engine dried I gave it a good coating of Fluid Film. Hopefully it will slow down the corrosion, etc. This spring I will prep and paint the block, manifolds, frame, etc. etc. :nod:
     
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    How about using rubber pond liner to close the gaps in the fender wheel area. It won't cure what's coming up under the motor but it'd help.
     
  6. RoseMan806

    RoseMan806 Member
    Messages: 96

    Exactly, I was thinking about sealing it off with rubber sheets(similar to rubber roofing kind). I know I can't do much about underneath but anything helps.
     
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Everyother time I wash the trucks the engine gets pressure washed as well.
     
  8. shep28

    shep28 Member
    Messages: 84

    I paint the frame with warm tacky chain saw bar oil in the fall. Really helps. Stick a sprinkler with warm water running from the house under the truck once a week. I also mist the engine with warm water. Thinking of hooking power washer nozzles to PVC pipe and rigging up a portable car wash in the garage.