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Old 03-28-2014, 09:00 PM
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So i was walking up to my Ram today and it was on an incline so i could see under the back end. Snow is melting, so i thought it might be just dirty, but low and behold it's RUST! What the hell. My truck is a year old. I wash it at least once a week. How could this be already?

Anyone else have this issue or is it me. I do not have undercoating, and that's why I wash it weekly.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:08 PM
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Probably happens to about 80% of trucks here in Canada, I wouldn't sweat it, it's actually quite normal. If your ambitious, once it gets warmer out, crawl under and sand the areas as best you can with a heavy grit sandpaper, buy a can of rust oleum primer, then a couple coats of either flat or glossy black rust oleum paint and finish up with a trip to Krown for the best rust prevention hands-down.
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Hmm.... That's strange. I have light surface rust on my drive shaft, yolks, and a few other small front end parts, but my rear axle housing is as black as the day I bought it.

Do you hose-off the under-carriage when you wash the truck? Still, even so, this rust seems way premature.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:21 PM
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thats really weird... Mine is also fine. only rust showing its ugly head is the driveshaft, like PaulMys said.

It almost looks unpainted. My axle has a nice coat of black paint on it and still looks new. Having said that, I had my truck Krown'ed (rust prevention) twice in the first year I had the truck.

I would double check to see if it wasnt painted properly and maybe take it to the dealer for a little look-see.
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Iron + oxygen + water = iron oxide, or rust. The iron, in your case- axle, was not sufficiently protected and exposed to the elements, hence, rust. Unfortunately Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, whichever you prefer, will do nothing. Yes, it's unsightly, but the structural integrity has not been compromised.

I saw signs of rust on my axle shortly after taking delivery of my '14. I crawled under there and re-painted it myself. It held up through the winter, but definitely something you should not be expect to do on a brand new vehicle.

If it's any consolation, most "brands" do not adequately protect their undercarriages, including Ford and Jeep. I know, as I painted them too...
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I guess slap a few coats of rustoleum or tremclad on there. I plan on painting my driveshaft this summer.
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You younger guys haven't been around very long,they're doing way better undercarriage painting now then they did in the earlier days.
What do expect coming out of Saskatchewan,the salt capital of North America.
The by-product of Potash is salt,and Sask puts a fair bit on the roads.
I grew up in the Kindersley area,and they even tried salting our gravel road to the farm.
Flipping road was muddy even at -30,lol
Wire brush it ,then hit it with some Temclad rust paint,and make up your mind you'll have to do it yearly unless you move to California
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Looks a lot worse than mine, which just has a little where the diff joins the axle on either side. Of course I don't live in the salty North either. I drove through salt in Fort Worth back in December when I was driving up to Oklahoma City, and that was the only time. I hosed off the undercarriage pretty well afterwards too.
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So i was walking up to my Ram today and it was on an incline so i could see under the back end. Snow is melting, so i thought it might be just dirty, but low and behold it's RUST! What the hell. My truck is a year old. I wash it at least once a week. How could this be already?

Anyone else have this issue or is it me. I do not have undercoating, and that's why I wash it weekly.
Your scenario is actually ideal for a round of Krown, I waved the offer from the dealer for factory under-coating on my truck and went right to Krown, there are at the top of the game when it comes to rust proofing a vehicle, if you return once a year they offer lifetime warranty.
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Just soak it with krown....Unless you chemically remove the rust or soda blast it off...It will just break through the paint in no time...soak it with Krown instead and worry no more.
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