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Old 03-18-2011, 08:29 AM
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I just had this problem on my truck with 6K miles. I wash it whenever the temps are at or above freezing to get the salt off, but it wasn't enough to stop the rust pitting. There is a recall affecting only 600 models (don't know if this includes Canada). I live in Western New York, also salt country. My dealer is replacing both bumpers no questions asked and my truck is not even part of the recall. It sucks, but I'm satisfied with my dealer.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:27 AM
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The rust problem may be related to the chroming process for the bumpers. In other manufacturing industries, they are using a different chromium ion that is more environmentally friendly but does not bond as well as the previously used one, and we may be beginning to see it impact the auto industry. Officially, Chrysler has not issued a recall for this, but rather a recall for the replacement bumpers so keep your eye on the replacements. Chryslers official response so far to the service departments is that customers should try buffing it off, but it will return. it did on my demo and we ended up replacing the bumper before we sold the truck.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:54 AM
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I'm having the same issue and so I think it's time to buff out the rust, apply some rust inhibitor and get the bumpers line-xed.
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