It’s mid April, which means it’s time to ditch the winter tyres and get a shiny new set of summer treads.
I went to a place on Vajnorská street in Bratislava which gave me a good deal. Actually it was a very good deal: they were free! Now before you start wondering if I’m in the Slovak mafia, relax, they were a gift from my father in law as it’s my birthday tomorrow.
As you can see, there’s pockets of surface rust making their way across any unprotected metal areas. This is caused by the heavy amounts of salt used on Slovakia’s roads during winter in an effort to reduce the snow. It certainly takes its toll on the nation’s cars.
After seeing my car hoisted up on those lifty-things, it made me realise how easy it would be to get under there with a water blaster and a brush. I could really get rid of all that dried-up road salt.
I need to buy some rust converter which I can spray onto the affected bits under the car when summer arrives. It’ll turn those nasty surface rust patches into neutral patches, and then I’ll apply a healthy layer of spray-grease over it before the next winter.
The group of guys at the garage were really good. They checked each wheel for any play, and then brushed the rust-dust off and sprayed it with that brown rust preventing paint.
The car rides great on its new tyres, which are also surprisingly quiet on the road. They are a brand called Matador, which are made right here in Slovakia.
I feel good knowing that I am helping the local economy in my own small way by buying locally produced goods.
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