Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Long Island, NY
Vehicle: 2006 SLK280, 2005 E500 (W211)
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I try to keep the car moving at least once a week over the winter. As you said, I avoid road salt like the plague, as it will destroy the car over time.
I believe it's a good practice to lubricate the seals, to prevent 'permanent' bends in the moving rubber and to prevent internal corrosion from forming. I am somewhat fortunate in that it's unusual to have a blanket of snow throughout the winter on Long Island and sand is often used on the roads instead of salt.
How well the strategy works will be tested with annual oil analysis. The car has a good analysis record from California; it will be interesting to see if the positive trend continues in NY.
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