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Old 02-09-2015, 08:30 PM
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Your hinges SUCK too!

So, we all know Chrysler is just to damn tired to drip some paint under the hinges. How pathetic! On my 2014 the part of the hinge attached to the jeep body it steel. Great! The parts attached to the doors and hood are aluminum. The tailgate hinge is all steel.

Does anyone know why Chrysler uses aluminum? Aside from that, there is no paint between the aluminum hinge and the steel part it's attached to. Seriously??? So, some volcanic chemical thing happens and puff, nasty, corroded mess. Thanks Chrysler for being so damn cheap.


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My jeep has 7k miles. It's garage kept. It almost never sees rain! I remove the hood to install some hood louvers.
I crack the hinge at the hood. Crap!!! It's already started!



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I'm not taking it back to the dealer. They can kiss my -----.

So, I'm sanding priming and painting. Unbelievable. I thought about adding a plasti-dip gasket but that would probably just retain moisture.
I'm curious. How are other people fixing the hinges?

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When I removed the factory tailgate hinges to install the Tereflex HD aluminum hinged carrier; what you found is what I found.
I sanded the area and dusted the area with automotive primer, then applied a light coating of vehicle matched paint and let dry in the sun for several hours before installing the TF aluminum carrier.

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When I removed the factory tailgate hinges to install the Tereflex HD aluminum hinged carrier; what you found is what I found. I sanded the area and dusted the area with automotive primer, then applied a light coating of vehicle matched paint and let dry in the sun for several hours before installing the TF aluminum carrier.
No paint under the tailgate hinges? WTF
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I'm pretty sure they will be some guys in dark suits and black Chrysler 300's coming to visit you since you looked under there without prior authorization.

There appears to few corners that haven't been cut. In trying to work out a recent problem I discovered quite a few places on the frame and under body that are raw metal, now rust on my '15.
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I'm pretty sure they will be some guys in dark suits and black Chrysler 300's coming to visit you since you looked under there without prior authorization. There appears to few corners that haven't been cut. In trying to work out a recent problem I discovered quite a few places on the frame and under body that are raw metal, now rust on my '15.
lmao ! I'll shoot them with a can of self etching!
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It's because the jeep is painted while assembled.
I know. I thought maybe, just maybe Chrysler had some logic behind it. How are your 8 yr old hinges?
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My tailgate hinges on my 2014 where just fine when I installed my TF hinge. The build process for the JK is not much different than ANY other vehicle that is mass produced. The Aluminum is for weight savings....get used to it...there is more of it coming. The Jeeps just have SOOOO many aftermarket parts that people install (bolt on parts)....so people are disassembling these vehicles more than most other vehicles out there and see the manufacturing process. Not sure what you expected....all Jeeps were assembled that way and then painted.
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I know. I thought maybe, just maybe Chrysler had some logic behind it. How are your 8 yr old hinges?
A possible explanation is variation of paint color during manufacture. When I had my 10a hood painted, The paint shop computer specified 3 different color recipes for billet silver. I got a good match, but during the process I noticed a very slight difference in color between the grille, and fenders with the stock hood. I guess if I was anal retentive, I'd have had the grille paint matched, but to get the grille off I would have had to pull the bumper and winch... It's always something!
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My tailgate hinges on my 2014 where just fine when I installed my TF hinge. The build process for the JK is not much different than ANY other vehicle that is mass produced. The Aluminum is for weight savings....get used to it...there is more of it coming. The Jeeps just have SOOOO many aftermarket parts that people install (bolt on parts)....so people are disassembling these vehicles more than most other vehicles out there and see the manufacturing process. Not sure what you expected....all Jeeps were assembled that way and then painted.
^^^ X100

The only difference with a Wrangler is that the hinges are on the outside.

We don't see Prius and Camry owners taking the hood and doors off their Toyotas. If they did, I'll bet they won't be buying another one.
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It's because the jeep is painted while assembled.
Exactly! If all parts were painted separately some would be complaining the paint doesn't match perfectly across a highly visible expanses and it would be more expensive.

If you want to feel better about the hinges, take a look at the undercarriage, there are parts that are not painted or partially painted and they have a nice coat of rust.
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All the parts could be primed then assembled and painted. I get the point.
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Same complaint here with the door hinges. It's a Cheap after all !!!
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Same complaint here with the door hinges. It's a Cheap after all !!!
Yup. Considering the corrosion starts quick I'll be cleaning up the other hinges soon.
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Look under your center console. There is virgin steel under it that is probably already rusting also. So if you ever pull the emergency brake and it ends up in your lap you will know why.
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Lmao!!! It's all good. I'll just go find something els to bitch about.
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Lmao!!! It's all good. I'll just go find something els to bitch about.
I plan on giving the Jeep to my 7 year old when he turns 16. The way things are going, we are going to have to do an off frame restoration before doing so. I've been good this year and have managed to keep it away from salt, but who knows what will happen in the future.
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I plan on giving the Jeep to my 7 year old when he turns 16. The way things are going, we are going to have to do an off frame restoration before doing so. I've been good this year and have managed to keep it away from salt, but who knows what will happen in the future.
my spoiled kids can go get there own damn jeep! Lmfao..........hehehehe
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Since the jeep is painted on an assembly line, how would you suggest they paint the doors without the hinges on?
Warranty paid to have my hinges repainted.
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Im still working the warranty angle if that don't pan out then when warm weather comes im taking the hinges to the powder coated and fixing the door myself.
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Check out the bolts that hold your mirrors to the brackets. you have to bend over and look up to see them. Rustorama.
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Since the jeep is painted on an assembly line, how would you suggest they paint the doors without the hinges on?
Warranty paid to have my hinges repainted.
I can think of several ways, but it is extra steps that will cost $$$
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Check out the bolts that hold your mirrors to the brackets. you have to bend over and look up to see them. Rustorama.
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my spoiled kids can go get there own damn jeep! Lmfao..........hehehehe
^ THIS....

My 12 year olds (twins) are already fighting over who gets the Jeep when they start driving. LOL.... I will stick them in a beater YJ...XJ or something.
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^ THIS.... My 12 year olds (twins) are already fighting over who gets the Jeep when they start driving. LOL.... I will stick them in a beater YJ...XJ or something.
lol....exactly! Lol
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Lmfao!

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Many vehicles are painted assembled, take the door hinges off most Ford-Chevy-Chrysler-Toyota-Honda-Nissan-etc (if they're not welded on) & you'll find no paint underneath.
The problem is that Jeep chose to use/attach 2 dissimilar metals (aluminum & steel) with no electrochemical barrier in place.
A gasket would have been nice..

See this webpage; Types of corrosion/Galvanic corrosion
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I do believe my TJ had a slim rubber gasket between the hinge and body.

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