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Old 03-27-2013, 08:52 PM   #211
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Hello all,

Had a look under front end of my 13 Sport that i bought Nov 2012, built in Oct 2012.

Was shocked at the rust I saw too. I am going to have a better look under there but here are a few pics. Live in Vancouver Canada. Lots or rain but only 1 time in salt which I cleaned up right away.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #213
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:06 AM   #214
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:58 AM   #215
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I just lost some milk up through my nose
Thats too funny

My jeep living in CT is pretty bad underneath. TJ had holes in the frame
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #216
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Check out the rust on Justin Timberlake's Jeep...and I'm sure he makes great use of that winch

Ya I'm bringin sexy back ...ya!
Going to check under mine too. I have just over 1000K on it. Picked it up March25. I hope it doesn't look as bad as OP!
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #217
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^ Mine looks about as bad as Timberlakes, no salt this winter on the roads either. My TJ didn't look this bad when I sold it this fall. I wish I would have seen this thread and checked it before buying it.
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Well just checked mine. Just a tiny bit near the ball joints. Everything is great. Whew. Hopefully OP gets it sorted out!
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Has anyone heard of or used this before for rust? (see link) Thinking of trying it under my JK(2013)for the unfortunate rust that is already forming. Looks pretty easy to use & no painting.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #220
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Has anyone heard of or used this before for rust? (see link) Thinking of trying it under my JK(2013)for the unfortunate rust that is already forming. Looks pretty easy to use & no painting.
I'm pretty happy with Fluid Film because it works and it's basically spray and forget. I use it on all hinges, bolts, the frame (inside and out), battery terminals, hard lines, anywhere prone to rust. I even use it on the paint from time to time and the wheels (not tires). I guess I'm a fanboy. One possible downside is that other fluid leaks are hard to spot when you've been spraying Fluid Film all over on purpose. It has a noticeable smell at first, but I kind of like it. Also things can get really messy and dirty after a while because it doesn't dry. Invest in some good hand/laundry soap.
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Thanks for the great info swanson.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #222
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Thumbs down just picked this up 2 days ago

this is my 2013 JKU. i bought it 2 days and 75 miles ago. I just picked up the paperwork 30 minutes before looking under it to check out where the my new nerf bars will attach. it hasn't rained one time. it just got on the lot last week. wtf? I immediately went back to the dealership to check out the other jeeps on the lot and my salesman was out moving a vehicle. he said it was perfectly normal surface rust and showed me some rust on another vehicles rotors. needless to say i am not happy!
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #223
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Salesman is right. I pulled the wheels, washer everything. Dried it. Taped off the discs and calipers and used rustoleum. Some spray and som with a brush. 10000 miles later and a lot is salt and dirt later and I will do again this spring.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:42 PM   #224
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he said it was perfectly normal surface rust and showed me some rust on another vehicles rotors. needless to say i am not happy!
rust on brake rotors is normal as they are bare metal....unlike your underbody.
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Most of these pics looks like the axles are the primary area of rust. Im not sure where Dana is building these axles now but I used to work for them and it was not uncommon to see axle housings come in from South America that looked like this.The housings are coated with an oily residue from the machine cutting fluid that needs to be cleaned off before paint.If they were not properly cleaned the paint will literally run right off. Its actually not even paint but a soy based coating called ecoat.So take a poor coating that ran off and ship it on the ocean and you will have instant rust.They would also stage the housings or finished axles outdoors in racks to set in the rain to rust.Not sure if Jeep stores them outside but I wouldn't be surprised.Last I knew they were building the axles in Buenos Aires Argentina .
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I called jeep Saturday. they set me up with a case number are sending me to the dealership tomorrow for photos. We shall see where it goes...
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I called jeep Saturday. they set me up with a case number are sending me to the dealership tomorrow for photos. We shall see where it goes...

Bump. Any joy from the dealership? I'm very interested in what Jeep/dealership had to say about this.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:31 PM   #228
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Seems like a legit problem here. Looks like relationship management to me.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #229
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I'm glad I found this thread, I have a JKUR 2013 built in July of 2012 and purchased in August... I have a little over 9000 miles on it. I went to the garage to do my yearly inspection and as I started looking underneath noticing all the rust, I thought to myself, "man, there's a lot of rust for being less then a year old"... Not seconds after I thought that, the inspecting mechanic asked, "what year is this"? I said "2013"...? He said, "that's a whole bunch of rust for a new truck, that's too bad"! Talk about being pissed! My 2002 liberty looks better then this. It has been driven on snowed roads, but washed each time, as well as being garage kept. I paid 40 grand... The rust isn't just on the axles, it's all over the frame as well. There has to be a fix for this or some kind of exchange or extended warranty. I looks just as bad as my old 1956 Chevy did when I got that.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:17 PM   #230
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Mine has so much paint from the factory on the axle tubes they're covered in runs. And scrapes and rusty scrapes...... I will take a pic for you guys. Oh the humanity.......
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Has anyone gotten results from the dealership? I have to say, if they were supposed to rust like that then why waste money on paint? These are Dana 44's that won't last 10 years with this aggressive rust. Mine is a year old this month and it is bad! The paint has bubbles on the diff covers and is flocking away. I am not interested in paying an extra 10 grand for axles that are rusting this fast.

I think we need to do a tally of those willing to pressure Chrysler for a fix on this, or at least warranty them for a lifetime. I feel sick inside

Like I stated, why paint them if they are going to rust? Driveshafts are solid and take a lot of abuse, they are a low cost replacement... These Dana 44's are expensive!
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My dealership offered to fix it for me (paint) but I chose to do it myself. From what socal-jk put on here, I think Chrysler got the message. I used Chassis Saver paint, it cost about $40 a quart but it goes a long way. I used a 1/2" brush and about 3 hrs.
Mine was built in October and I put the first mile on it. I didn't know about it until reading this thread and 600 miles on the Jeep.
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Has anyone gotten results from the dealership? I have to say, if they were supposed to rust like that then why waste money on paint? These are Dana 44's that won't last 10 years with this aggressive rust. Mine is a year old this month and it is bad! The paint has bubbles on the diff covers and is flocking away. I am not interested in paying an extra 10 grand for axles that are rusting this fast.

I think we need to do a tally of those willing to pressure Chrysler for a fix on this, or at least warranty them for a lifetime. I feel sick inside

Like I stated, why paint them if they are going to rust? Driveshafts are solid and take a lot of abuse, they are a low cost replacement... These Dana 44's are expensive!
Your axles will not rust completely away....as soon as a good sacrificial layer of rust has formed on your axles it will be done.....it's not light weight stuff like the sheet metal of your rocker panels or fenders.





I agree it doesn't look good but it happens on every vehicle out there, this isn't a defective Jeep phenomenon and it's not a huge deal. If it bothers you a good wire brush job to knock the rust off and a good coat of Fluid Film and you won't have rust there again. I use Fluid Film on all my trucks, it's fairly cheap and it keeps rust at bay.
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The last 5 JK's I bought had similar issue. What I noticed is a lot of paint is just not applied or scrapped off for whatever reason. I just picked up a 10A a few weeks ago and the first few days I got under it with some rust-olium just to coat the areas with no paint. I just washed it today and I am going to touch up again just to slow the rust down.

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