Corrosion on raw aluminum engine parts on 2016 Charger Hellcat

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  1. BlueSky

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    Hello folks. I am a new Hellcat owner and this is my first post on the forum. I've come from a long line of Lexus purchases including the IS-F and the RC-F. I hope to learn lots from you all and, in time, hope to be able to help out.

    There is powdery white corrosion on several of the raw aluminum parts on the engine. This includes the water neck where, I suspect, the thermostat resides, the drive assembly for the supercharger, what looks to be the drive belt tensioner, etc.

    Is this typical and has anyone else seen it or been annoyed by it? If so, what's the best way to protect against further corrosion?

    Thanks again and it's good to be here!
     
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    CNYHC SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    Have you got any photos you can share?
     
  3. BlueSky

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    I am not sure how to post pix here but I have uploaded one example. It's all the powdery white "dots". Although this part may not be aluminum, the other parts have the same sort of corrosion.
     

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    MABBRYFL30 NYS President Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    If you are in the salt belt (highway) or your car was transported through a state with it. That powder is from salt and you should try to clean best as possible to make it last
     
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    Aluminum polish and some elbow grease will remedy that. :)
     
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    Yep, it's from the salt. Here in Canada that's very common on vehicles that are driven in the winter. Like MAYBBRYFL30 said, your cat was probably transported through a salt belt, or maybe you live in a salt belt? That salt is so fine it gets everywhere. Here they use liquid salt and spray on the roads. They also use the solid salt.

    I would give your car a thorough wash and you'll be ok.
     
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    graycat Automobile Aficionado Extraordinaire Staff Member

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    I agree with MAYBBRYFL30 and CanHP. It's salt. Even if you don't live in the "salt belt" your Hellcat was built in Brampton (Canada) and was most likely shipped via "rail head" or train and then on some type of road transport over and or through an area where chemical de-icers were used and
    somewhere along the way your car got the salt and other chemicals under the hood.

    Clean water and a soft brush or rag will help to dilute and wash away the salt. If the problem is very bad and or persistent more than one cleaning and possibly even some type of protective chemicals or coating may be useful.

    All is all, this is not an uncommon issue but seems to be easy to overcome.

    Welcome to the site, congrats on the new car and best of luck with the salt. (this is not only a Hellcat or Dodge related issue, its a salt issue);)
     
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  8. kpbrown84

    kpbrown84 Hellcat Member Hellcat Car Club

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    I had it too, but it wasn't salt. My car was stored inside in heated garage all winter. It formed on the pot metal cast parts on the cooling system etc. Simichrome and a clean cotton rag took it off and it has not returned.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their responses. You guys are the best! I'll get some Simichrome or something similar and take care of it. I live in Virginia where they do use salt but the car's only a couple of weeks old and was delivered with 3 miles on it so the salt must have hitched a ride from where it was built in Canada you say?
     
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    i think light application of some steel wool will fix that
     
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    my charger has salt on the bottom from canada. Either test ride or transport. i noticed it while changing the oil.
     
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    Spray the motor down with WD-40
    when the moter gets dirty wash it at the coin car wash then re-apply the WD-40
     
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    My Challenger has the same problem. It's the only car I have ever bought that has this problem. It must be from Canada because snow doesn't exist where I live, which is about 20 miles from the coast.
     
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    Do you spray all the metal and aluminum areas in the engine bay? Was wondering if that attracts dust, dirt, then grime. Please share your recommended process. Thanks!
     
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    Speedman Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes it will
    So when it gets to the point where its dirty wash the motor and reapply
    I live in MN lots of salt
    This is how I do my cars & trucks.
     

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