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Old 01-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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2013undercarriage rust

Dear 2013 JK owners,
Some if not many of you has noticed rust under your JKs. Mainly steering knuckles and drive shaft.
Do not listen to those who got some muddied rustled old wranglers. No matter what a new car should not rust like that regardless whether you in rust belt or any belt. A new car should give you at least couple of years.

The steering knuckles issue has to be taken back to the dealership where you got it from. If they don't fix then let's escalate to Jeep customer care. Then later to BBB. Don't attempt any chemicals, it's your right to get a functioning vehicle regardless. If we don't escalate, the issue will be under the rug and jeep will never recall their crappy workmanship.
Do the right thing, it's good for American cars manufacturer to face their problems. It's good for America. I'm taking mine this week. Same problem. Let's all do it.

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Old 01-18-2014, 08:46 PM   #3
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Have you ever crawled under any other vehicle?
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Have you ever crawled under any other vehicle?
Yes. I lifted my crappy old civic with 60000 miles on it and was way cleaner. Same time spent in rust belt as my wrangler. So they equivalent sort of.
And I just asked my friend to check her 2 year old escalade. Much better story than ours
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Good luck with your crusade. It's simply not an issue.
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Good luck with your crusade. It's simply not an issue.
May be not to you. And definitely not today, but in couple of years when you find more issues that can cause loss of life that the company chose to ignore relying on lax customer base. Then it will be an issue.
Thanks for your wishes though.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:27 PM   #7
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Are you serious? Sell your Jeep and just walk away, seriously. My 09 has 93K and I'm still alive. Get a life.
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May be not to you. And definitely not today, but in couple of years when you find more issues that can cause loss of life that the company chose to ignore relying on lax customer base. Then it will be an issue.
Thanks for your wishes though.
So minor rust is a life or death issue?
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lots of members spray paint their axles and such... not uncommon to see the rust on the under carriage. mine is pretty bad under there. even with a ton of aftermarket pieces...
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There is definitely an inconsistency here... My 13 was painted pretty well underneath. Thing the only visible surface rust was on the driveshafts.

Chrysler's QC has proven itself to be garbage.
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Are you serious? Sell your Jeep and just walk away, seriously. My 09 has 93K and I'm still alive. Get a life.
Buy mine then. Why you bothered much. Do you work for jeep
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lots of members spray paint their axles and such... not uncommon to see the rust on the under carriage. mine is pretty bad under there. even with a ton of aftermarket pieces...
I will take that into consideration. Just didn't have to do a thing for my 4Runner back when I had one.
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You don't have to do a thing for the Wrangler either. Surface rust has no effect on any of the components.
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I really wish I knew how to make a popcorn sign right know. I'll just sit back and watch this thread go along.
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I live in Louisiana if the weather makes a difference and the Wranglers that come to the lot straight from the rail cars sometimes have surface rust. I bought my Jeep used at a Ford dealership and the new F 150s had the same surface rust.

I understand it looks bad, but it isn't an issue.
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You the man
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You don't have to do a thing for the Wrangler either. Surface rust has no effect on any of the components.
Tom is correct, that surface rust isn't going to be an issue with your driveshaft, axles, axle housings or anything else. but your peace of mind is only a rattle can away.
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I live in Louisiana if the weather makes a difference and the Wranglers that come to the lot straight from the rail cars sometimes have surface rust. I bought my Jeep used at a Ford dealership and the new F 150s had the same surface rust. I understand it looks bad, but it isn't an issue.
Why can't their QC be as good if not better than foreign cars is my question. Why are we finding excuses for them. This vehicle costs as much as brand new BMW. I should have gotten the base model I guess
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Why can't their QC be as good if not better than foreign cars is my question. Why are we finding excuses for them. This vehicle costs as much as brand new BMW. I should have gotten the base model I guess
because it's not finished like those manufacturer's, I would bet, purposely. it's designed for the trail.
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Tom is correct, that surface rust isn't going to be an issue with your driveshaft, axles, axle housings or anything else. but your peace of mind is only a rattle can away.
So are guys suggesting I should leave it or spray it. I don't care about the looks. I just wanna make sure I can recognize my car in 5 years. With chassis and all. Note I have no plans to add parts to it. What's is there is there until the wheels come off. Hopefully not in 3 years
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because it's not finished like those manufacturer's, I would bet, purposely. it's designed for the trail.
Guess I'd have to wait and see. Thanks all for your input though. It's really great. It's my first jeep ever. Glad I'm not going through this alone
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we're glad to have you. you'll find lots of information, on the WF, some knowledgeable members and lots of opinions.

imagine that. most folks are here to help. any questions try using the "search forum" feature in the upper right of the forum menu... in some cases it's a bit overwhelming and conflicting (the answers you'll find) so post up your questions.

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we're glad to have you. you'll find lots of information, on the WF, some knowledgeable members and lots of opinions. imagine that. most folks are here to help. any questions try using the "search forum" feature in the upper right of the forum menu... in some cases it's a bit overwhelming and conflicting (the answers you'll find) so post up your questions.
Excellent. And I'm honored to join here. Thanks again
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Why you bothered much. Do you work for jeep
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because it's not finished like those manufacturer's, I would bet, purposely. it's designed for the trail.

Not that I care about rust on axles or steering knuckles but this has to be one of the silliest things I've heard....."designed for the trail" so they don't paint the entire axles surface on all Wranglers.....seriously the typical Wrangler owner must have his head stuck 3/4 the way in the sand to believe this crap. Don't the Jeep defenders ever get tired of using the excuses of "it's a Jeep thing" or "it's an offroad machine" to cover up for typical lack of quality among their car line up. <----yes I said car because it sure isn't a truck.
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Look through the list to the right of the message you're composing. If you don't see it, click on the "More" button at the bottom left of the list.



Anyway, I'm not concerned with whatever surface rust is on the bottom of my Jeep. The only person who will see it is the guy who changes the oil. I have a bumper-to-bumper lifetime warranty on it. If rust should ever be an issue Chrysler will be fixing it for free, less my $100 ded.

And it is not a CAR.
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Look through the list to the right of the message you're composing. If you don't see it, click on the "More" button at the bottom left of the list. Anyway, I'm not concerned with whatever surface rust is on the bottom of my Jeep. The only person who will see it is the guy who changes the oil. I have a bumper-to-bumper lifetime warranty on it. If rust should ever be an issue Chrysler will be fixing it for free, less my $100 ded. And it is not a CAR.
As long as they don't tell you after few years that's normal wear and tear. Too salty where you live.
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FYI almost all of Dana axles have this same issue no matter who the end user. While it may look like poo having a rusty drive shaft or axle or steering linkage they are made of heavy enough steel that they will never rust to the point of failure.Jeep could pony up a little and have them e coated before they leave the Dana plant and this would stop them from looking so bad sitting on the lot on a brand new Jeep.

I have always painted the drive line on all my Jeeps right after I got them home from the dealer for this very reason. Couple cans of rustolium every few years and no worries.
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Can I throw a few cans of rustolium on the axles and drive shaft now, after all the surface rust, to make it look better?

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