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New buyer: undercarriage Rust a problem?


 
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kchan156
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:28 am    Post subject: New buyer: undercarriage Rust a problem? Reply with quote

Hi everyone!
I'm pretty set on purchasing a 01 TJ Sport with less than 21k miles on it. The main concern I have is the undercarriage rust it has. The current owner said he bought it about 2 years ago and he's only put on 4k miles since. The fact that the car's in San Francisco with all those fog doesn't help. If anyone could please let me know if it'll be a problem or not down the road. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's the rust? There's parts underneath that aren't coated at all...driveshafts, knuckles, etc and there's nothing wrong with this stuff rusting. It's normal.

In an environment where there's a lot of rain/water, you're going to see a lot of rust. An 01 is approaching 4 years old already.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: New buyer: undercarriage Rust a problem? Reply with quote

Living in the NW we get almost as much rain and moisture as the Bay Area does...and I don't recall ever seeing a rig (even a coastal rig) with what you've described without body, tub, and other body items showing the same signs. Do you see any of that? If not, I'd not worry about it myself.

Is it possible that the rig actually is a transplant from somewhere else in the US that perhaps uses salt on the roads? I don't think CA does...but may be wrong. Maybe they (the old owners) decided to drive it on the beach and never bothered washing the salt water off? That can cause cancer...but I'd say other parts of the rig would be showing it, too.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: New buyer: undercarriage Rust a problem? Reply with quote

IBTJn wrote:

Is it possible that the rig actually is a transplant from somewhere else in the US that perhaps uses salt on the roads? I don't think CA does...but may be wrong. Maybe they (the old owners) decided to drive it on the beach and never bothered washing the salt water off? That can cause cancer...but I'd say other parts of the rig would be showing it, too.

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Yeah, CalTrans isn't using salt anymore - too many environmental concerns. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought mine used from walnut creek and it had some rust on the parts mentioned above.

they do not seem to use much undercoating on them when built.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how do you guys clean & protect the bottom once it has started showing some rust?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gamgan wrote:
how do you guys clean & protect the bottom once it has started showing some rust?
Cover it with mud rofl
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gamgan wrote:
how do you guys clean & protect the bottom once it has started showing some rust?

Wire brush and spray paint.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're really into making it look spiffy... get a wire brush, some latex gloves and can of POR-15 with a brush.

That stuff wears like iron. Follow all the directions, though. Like any paint product, preparation is the key to success.

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