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ONOutdoorsman 11-18-2012 06:33 PM

Disturbing Sight - Dirty Rockers
 
No, these are not the names of a couple of 80's has-been hair bands, it is actually what I found inside my front rocker panels. I have been seeing some crap in there lately and today I decided to remove my mud flaps to inspect them and then also decided to have a look inside the rocker. Well, as I suspected the inner rocker was full of crap. I have seen plenty of cars with rust in this area due to poor drainage due to accumulating crap.

I peeled back the inner fender to find the crap below. Leaves, keys, etc.
http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/...aps/file-1.jpg
http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/...aps/file-4.jpg

That is rust just waiting to form. This stuff falls through the base of the A pillar and into the fender then down to the bottom where it sits. There is a piece of foam in there for sound deadening I imagine. I don't think that was helping the drainage so I removed them. They just pull out. The passenger side foam loops around the antenna wire.
http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/...aps/file-3.jpg

I power washed both sides.

It upsets me that the manufacturers don't seal off these areas from the top so large debris cannot make it through. I'm going to have to put this on the spring and fall maintenance list.

LeftCoast 11-18-2012 09:28 PM

Yup your right. That looks like a great place to start rusting with all that crap sitting in there. Guess I better check that too. Thanks for the heads up.

the persuader 11-19-2012 09:13 PM

I was expecting to see the rocker arms gunked up or something lol

NWRQC 11-20-2012 03:15 AM

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Originally Posted by the persuader (Post 941806)
I was expecting to see the rocker arms gunked up or something lol

Same here. I saw this a few days ago but just now clicked on it expecting to see the same.

snrusnak 11-20-2012 09:31 AM

Every vehicle I've owned has this issue. Just clean it out once a year or so.

They have to have that area open, the cowl is the vent for the fan.

CajunDodge 11-21-2012 09:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the persuader (Post 941806)
I was expecting to see the rocker arms gunked up or something lol

That's what I was thinking too lol. Definitely something I need to check on myself and clean out if needed.

- Cajun

ONOutdoorsman 11-21-2012 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snrusnak (Post 942199)
Every vehicle I've owned has this issue. Just clean it out once a year or so.

They have to have that area open, the cowl is the vent for the fan.

Not going down into the fender.

snrusnak 11-21-2012 06:53 PM

Yeah they normally have drainage paths down to the lower fender...

ONOutdoorsman 11-21-2012 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by snrusnak (Post 943391)
Yeah they normally have drainage paths down to the lower fender...

Yes, water drainage. Not leaf and key drainage.

snrusnak 11-21-2012 09:05 PM

Right, but that's how that stuff travels down there. How else do you think the leaves and crap get in there?


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