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Old 10-11-2013, 06:05 AM
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Default Rust worries or all in my head?

I know vehicles are no strangers to rust and especially on trucks with their large surface areas (typically the wheel wells of the bed and rear quarter pannels) are extraordinarily prone to rust. Being this is a barely used truck (bought at 8k miles) I don't know if there was any rust protection put on and I don't want my body rusting though in the least bit!

I live at the jersey shore so salt air is very common and salty roads, though not as bad as say canada or upstate NY, are still common during the winter here. I want to keep my truck as rust free as possible. it's not a work horse or a trail killer or anything like that meaning I'm not beating the snot outta it in mud holes or launching any boats at all.

Should I worry much about rust, what can I do to prevent my truck from becoming a rust bucket besides basic washing and waxing. or am I being paranoid over the entire thing and over-thinking it?

On a side note, I have a 2003 dodge neon and though it wasn't meticulously taken care of in recent years the way it was when I fight got it, it doesn't have any rust on the body.

Should I keep doing what I do or is there anything you guys would recommend
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:00 AM
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Rust is really a thing of the past. I remember I had a 1970 Impala and I got rust through behind both front wheels within two years.

Adding rust protection is not really recommended anymore. As a matter of fact it may even void your warranty. Just do as I do and rinse the vehicle as often as you can during the winter. Also, give the undercarriage a good hosing in the Spring. That's it. Don't worry about it.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:13 AM
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I live in Ontario, Canada and rust is NOT a thing of the past. Had passenger bedside replaced after I was rear ended and the body shop actually kept the lip over the passenger side wheel well for me to see how rusted it already was on a truck that was 10 months old. It's a typical spot for dodges to rust and obviously this generation is no different. Since then in addition to having the whole truck sprayed by Krown rust control, I remove the rear wheel well liners and you can see there is a support piece of steel with 4 holes in it that I spray Krown oil inside of as well. I definitely would recommend more than just spraying it off in the winter. I have never heard of warranty being denied for an oil application.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:41 AM
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Rust is not a thing of the past in Pennsylvania. There are many 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th gen Rams rusting out over the rear wheel wells and who knows where else. Oh rear bumpers also. When my new Ram I ordered came into the dealership they took it direct to Ziebart at my request. Ziebart took out the front and rear inner fender liners and made sure to do a thorough job there along with the rest of the underside and inside the doors and the back side of the chrome rear bumper. I take it back once a year for touch-up if needed. They also sprayed in the Rhino liner in the bed. I feel confident all this will keep my Ram from rusting through the 10 year warranty from Ziebart. It all wasn't cheap but at least I have piece of mind. On a side note I think all Rams have rear wheel liners now which may help with the rust.

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No Mods Needed. Ordered it just the way I wanted it. Well, I did put a cabin filter in and de-badged the doors of the Ram 1500 things.
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