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bigredwhore 06-07-2009 12:27 AM

So much RUST... what can I do???
I recently purchased a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500, 105000miles. Runs/hauls great. My concern is that there is A LOT of rust underneath - I refer to her as the "rust bomb". Not sure if this make/yr/model is prone to so much rust. Should I be concerned? Also any reccomendations on maintenance for it due to milage and no history?

Thanks - allison

erm 06-07-2009 01:19 AM


Welcome to the forum! If it's surface rust, you can STOP it!

Get some POR-15 rust inhibitor coating.

raider9701 10-18-2009 12:23 AM

My 2000 Ram rusts at the bottom of the doors. I got replacements at and they really helped me out. My truck has 145k and I do my best to take care of it, change the fluids regularly and with good products.

strang3majik 10-18-2009 01:54 AM stuff out there...turns rust back into iron, and it actually works. haven't seen dad bought a ram that apparently was from Michigan as an ex plow truck (we found this out later)...

there were chunks...yes, chunks (about 2" x 2") pieces of the engine block peeling off.

That truck is no longer in our possession :p

Xxbrittox 04-24-2010 04:07 PM

There's small areas of rust on my front chrome bumper..the lower part of the bumper, anyway..and on the back bumper where there was a dent...

Any ideas on what to use to get these out? They're not huge areas of rust..but they still bother me.

erm 04-24-2010 04:17 PM

Surface rust or has it eaten out the chrome?

Normally, rust under the chrome requires a strip and re-chroming.

Yeah, that sucks but it will just spread if you don't do it.

Xxbrittox 04-24-2010 04:44 PM

I don't know..they're real small..I didn't notice them when I first got the truck almost a year I think it happened during the snow storms we had this year.

SLINGBLADE 11-07-2010 02:46 AM

Minor pitting and surface rust on chrome bumpers cleans easily with fine steel wool or sos pads..if usuing an sos pad wet it well..then polish after youre done

fxdrider 02-28-2011 07:51 AM

I have a '96 Ram 1500. The frame is about 95% sound - that is, a little surface rust here and there...nothing to write home about. However, the front frame members, about 5" to the rear of the front bumper where the frame dips downward briefly, I can crush the rust-pulverized steel with my bare hand. Hope I never get in a front end collision!

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