Obviously no one wants their trailer to rust, but since your it spends a great deal of time in the outdoor elements, it does happen. Rusty springs can have a negative impact on your suspension, which can lead to costly repairs if not dealt with.
Here are 5 ways to deal with your rust related issues:
Abrasion: Use an abrasive material like steel wool, sandpaper, or a wire brush to remove the surface rusting.
Vinegar: White vinegar has an acidic nature that acts as a weapon against rusting objects. The longer the spring soaks in the vinegar, the longer the acid has to corrode the rust.
Baking soda: You probably have some of this in your pantry. Mix some baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Once you apply it, let it dry. Then you can use a brush to remove the paste, and hopefully the rust. In hard to reach areas, consider using a stiff tooth brush for application and removal.
Lemon juice and salt: Depending where the rust is located, this solution might be the easiest one for you. Rub salt over the rusted area, then squeeze lemon juice right on top of the salt. Let it sit for a few hours and then scrub the rust away. Steel wool works well, but can damage the metal. This method is best used on small patches of rust in easy-to-access areas.
Homemade and store solutions: These solutions can be found in most hardware stores, but if you have trouble, consider looking online. Many of them include some combination of the above methods.
If your trailer spring is significantly rusted, the safest thing to do is replace it! If you have any questions about rust on your trailer in Olympia, WA or if you need information about cleaning it, click here to contact Trailer Boss today!