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Old 11-18-2012, 06:33 PM
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Default 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.



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.


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.
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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.
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I was expecting to see the rocker arms gunked up or something lol
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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.
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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.
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That's what I was thinking too lol. Definitely something I need to check on myself and clean out if needed.

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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.
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Yeah they normally have drainage paths down to the lower fender...
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Yeah they normally have drainage paths down to the lower fender...
Yes, water drainage. Not leaf and key drainage.
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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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