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Old 11-10-2014, 04:14 PM
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I purchased this vehicle over the weekend from a dealer with just under 200 miles on it. When checking it out today I noticed what appears to be rust or corrosion. Is this normal?

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Old 11-10-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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Really depends where your located and how long it has sat. The drive shafts will rust on the surface pretty much unavoidable. Even right around your ball joints the rust doesn't look too bad. I know it looks bad but other than that I wouldn't sweat it.

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Old 11-10-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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Normal. You can touch up the other areas if you want but don't paint the driveshafts.
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Mine isn't like that. Clean it and spray paint it. The paint won't make your driveshaft fall off!!
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I knew that Wranglers shipped with unpainted drive shafts, so I painted mine the weekend I brought it home, using flat black paint to distinguish my work from the factory's and masking the rubber boots and retaining clips. I also painted the few suspension components that were poorly painted at the factory, although I used satin black to better match the original paint. I only needed to paint a few places on the steering knuckles, BTW.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:28 PM
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So this is normal even though this vehicle has 198 miles on it and has never been off road or exposed to anything corrosive?
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Yes, it is normal because the drive shafts are not painted at the factory, so they will rust when they get wet, even from dew. But, as was pointed out, it's just surface rust and won't be an issue. The other pictures you posted show surface rust on suspension components that were poorly painted at the Jeep factory or by a component supplier. Since the poor paint job left areas of bare metal, those areas will rust, and that's what you're seeing.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:40 PM   #8
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So this is normal even though this vehicle has 198 miles on it and has never been off road or exposed to anything corrosive?
Oh, yes it has been exposed to something corrosive: air. Bare steel or iron will rust just by being exposed to air. The more water or moisture that is present, the quicker it will rust.
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So this is normal even though this vehicle has 198 miles on it and has never been off road or exposed to anything corrosive?
This is not uncommon. As others have mentioned, driveshafts are unpainted. Other parts may be poorly painted or may chip, scratch, flake, etc. during assembly. This is normal.

Steel only needs oxygen and water to rust. Humid climates, rain driving or even a car washes are all ways that the parts get exposed.

At the end of the day, I personally wouldn't worry about it. I'd touch up the areas and check it twice a year.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:02 AM   #10
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For me, living in the Florida Panhandle, there's not even such thing as stainless steel. Everything rusts no matter what. What you're seeing on your DS is completely normal and will not cause any harm to your jeep. If it does bother you however, there are aftermarket options available for replacement that I believe are painted
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As others have said, it is completely normal. I too painted the driveshafts and all the areas of the axle assemblies that were missed as soon as I took delivery. I used RustOleum semi-gloss black brush-on paint, and it is a good match to the factory black paint.

Now at 2800 miles, I just washed everything underneath in preparation for applying Fluid Film. I'm hoping it will make clean-up after off-roading a lot easier in the future.

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