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#1 Old 11-24-2009, 07:23 PM
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Anybody have rust issues on the Ram's?

I noticed in a topic on 3rd Gen Dakota's some rust issues. Even I had some but took care of those with some sanding and touch-up paint. So far so good.

But my driveshaft is fully rusted with a watermark (lighter-color rust) on one side. Also my steering column shaft under the hood is rusted in areas where the black coating chipped off. It's a two-piece type with rivet studs connecting the two. It's mostly surface rust, but the driveshaft is loaded with it. And i cannot paint both unfortunately

Wanna know if these two are fine or should I replace both of them. I know the driveshaft and steering shaft are in good shape, but just want some opinions on this. Style is not much of a concern as is safety for me.

Also anyone else experiencing rusting issues on your Ram or other Chrysler vehicle?



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they are fine. That is thick metal on those it will last a loooong time.

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Rust out at the rt. rocker panel/cab corner behind the door. There is a hole.



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I noticed in a topic on 3rd Gen Dakota's some rust issues. Even I had some but took care of those with some sanding and touch-up paint. So far so good.

But my driveshaft is fully rusted with a watermark (lighter-color rust) on one side. Also my steering column shaft under the hood is rusted in areas where the black coating chipped off. It's a two-piece type with rivet studs connecting the two. It's mostly surface rust, but the driveshaft is loaded with it. And i cannot paint both unfortunately

Wanna know if these two are fine or should I replace both of them. I know the driveshaft and steering shaft are in good shape, but just want some opinions on this. Style is not much of a concern as is safety for me.

Also anyone else experiencing rusting issues on your Ram or other Chrysler vehicle?
I don't worry TOO much about those parts underneath. Most of it is surface rust and the integrity of those parts is still good. I had tons of it underneath on my 01 Ram. Never had a problem. What sucks is when the body itself is rusting. Doors, wheel wells, tailgate. THAT (and the fact that I wanted a HEMI) is what made me get rid of my 01 after having it for 7 years in CNY Lake Effect winters. I loved those factory Off-Road Rams!


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You're from South Carolina and are worrying about rust? lol

If you were in Canada or a nothern state you'd be crying right now...





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yeah michigan winters have eaten up my rear wheel wheels and drivers door

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i dont have any problems with rust my 4 year old exhaust dosnt even show any type or rust on it. (and its just made out of regular pipe (no stainless, or galvinized or aluminized ect)

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I also live in SC, and my driveshaft had rust on it when I bought it new off the lot in '05. Today it looks pretty much identical to what it was back then. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

I did have to wet sand and prime a small chip in the hood a couple of years back, as it was showing bare metal and was starting to show signs of rust. That seemed to take care of this issue.

Now if the frame started to rust through, well... I guess I'd know what it feels like to own a '00 to '03 Tundra.

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A couple of our trucks have rust starting on the doors in the rear inside corner where the seam sealer is. All of them have rust on the hood about 6 inches from the grill on the edge on the left side. I think one of them also has it on the right. 2 of the trucks are pretty bad and 2 of them aren't as bad. These are all 2002s.

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Nothing yet but after winter i usually wash the undercarriage to get rid of the salt and whatever else may be on there.

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I'm not worrying about the strength of the parts (i know they are sturdy enough to withstand rust), but my main concern is where the parts connect or move. More worried about the steering shaft than driveshaft because of the two-piece design.
Both of these were rusted since new and I bought it from a dealer that was not too far from the Atlantic ocean in Florida, so during the time from May (when it was built) to March when I bought it there was some time to get attacked by the salt air (I think there may have been a tropical storm that came through the area at the time.)

But yea the frame and body is free of rust, mostly any part underneath not coated has surface rust, which I already fixed except for the driveshaft and steering shaft.



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Here is a pic of my 05 thats been 5 winters (going on 6) with 41k and always parked on the street.














all in all, very little rust.

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Here is a pic of my 05 thats been 5 winters (going on 6) with 41k and always parked on the street.














all in all, very little rust.
man if that was an az truck i would have guess it was 50-60 years old. and i would have guessed you found it in a wash were it had been sitting for the past 20 years. things just dont rust here its great.

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thats nothing, if i get any good ones at work ill snap some pics for you.

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I've seen worse:

2006 Toyota Avalon from the snowbelt, 14,000 miles and the WHOLE undercarraige was rusted out!

2000 Honda Odyssey: Fully rusted out. I remember this one because the customer recently bought it from a private, used car lot in Virginia, comes to Florida, and comes to the Honda dealer explaining why is it vibrating and pulling. First time I found the culprit for the vibration during the tire balancing: Bent Wheel. As for the pulling, recommended an aligment. Customer did not want to fix both. Then has the nerve to come back again with the same complaint, and once again I told them what the resolution was!!!



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I've seen worse:

2006 Toyota Avalon from the snowbelt, 14,000 miles and the WHOLE undercarraige was rusted out!

2000 Honda Odyssey: Fully rusted out. I remember this one because the customer recently bought it from a private, used car lot in Virginia, comes to Florida, and comes to the Honda dealer explaining why is it vibrating and pulling. First time I found the culprit for the vibration during the tire balancing: Bent Wheel. As for the pulling, recommended an aligment. Customer did not want to fix both. Then has the nerve to come back again with the same complaint, and once again I told them what the resolution was!!!
dont you love that!!! Or my favorite "ever since oil change, vehicle has water leak from sunroof" No money signed.

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