Vehicle Corrosion Information

As of this date, this information is correct.

Interesting information you might like to know:

The state is using either calcium chloride or magnesium chloride to keep ice off the roads. When the state makes the claim that it is less corrosive than the old salt/sand, they are correct - to a point.

What they don't tell you is when you re-wet it, it re-corrodes. The result is brake lines rusting out approximately every 2-3 years. Car manufacturers may be recommending to not wash your vehicle during winter unless you find a car wash that uses a freshwater wash and a freshwater rinse.

A car wash that does is the Irving station on Union St, across from the Healthcare Mall.


If storing your vehicle, be sure to store it with an empty tank. Ethanol has an affinity for water. Gas line de-icer is made of either methanol or isopropyl alcohol, chemical relatives of ethanol. This means water in the air will be drawn into the fuel. This accelerates the fuel’s degradation and decreases combustibility. While the exposure to air is reduced in fuel-injected applications, it still is a factor. Combined with the alkaline reactivity of ethanol, fuel system components can suffer. Because of this, the state of Maine is pending working with Irving to produce a non-ethanol gasoline.

Certified Mechanics in Bangor


We keep up with the latest technology. In fact, Smith’s Auto Tech was the first shop north of Boston with the ASNU (pronounced "AS NEW") Ultra Sonic Injection Cleaning System. We also use Computerized Diagnostics. When you take your vehicle to Smith’s Auto Tech, you are leaving it in the hands of ASE L1 Certified mechanics.

Vehicle Repair in Bangor


If we discover a problem with your vehicle, we will take the time to explain the problem and repair procedures. We'll help guide your decision process by answering any questions or concerns.

Reliable Mechanics in Bangor


Since 1927, Smith’s Garage has helped thousands of people maintain safer, more reliable vehicles. We look forward to earning your business and showing you how quick and easy it is to have Smith's Auto Tech maintain your car or truck.