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Unread 02-01-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Yep, it's true.
My brand new Ford Ranger was delivered with rusty knuckles (inside front wheels).
Ford tell me this is normal.
Normal? How can they have the audacity to build a car with rusty parts?
Why didn't the dealership tell me about this feature before I parted with my money?
Why don't the Ford brochures advertise the added benefit of this 'pre-weathering'?
I'm completely flabbergasted!
I will never buy a Ford again.

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Unread 02-01-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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welcome to the hunks of **** that are Fords. Mine is a real piece of work too.
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Unread 02-01-2010, 04:23 PM   #3
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....Wow.


Dude, the knuckles are made of iron, or an iron based metal. They will begin to rust within two weeks of being exposed to the atmosphere. It is absolutely nothing to worry about, quit dividing by zero because of a bit of normal surface rust. Don't believe me? Go to your local BMW or Mercedes dealer and look inside the wheels of the 09 and 08 cars on the lot. Most of those are going to have surface rust on the brake rotors. It's no different than your Ranger's knuckles. Do the same at the Honda dealer, and you'll see the same thing. Especially with any car possessing a stickshift. The GM, Dodge, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Mazda inventories will also have it. And so will any other make you care to name.

Another point worth mentioning is that this is Winter, therefore roads are being salted. That ranger likely made a trip quite a ways through heavily salted interstates on the back of a car hauler, and this salt seems to aggravate surface rust. Speeds it up, if you will. Just look at any pickup in Maine, their tailgates rust off in 5 years because of all the road salt up there.


Just FYI: The suspension on my F150 has had a coating of that very surface rust for 25 years now. It's still there, and it still functions just fine. Your brand new Ranger will be fine too.

Your truck is fine, stop fretting over cosmetic issues and drive the damn thing. I'm sure you'll find a legit reason to hate on it in due time. Trust me on that one, my mom had a 2003 Ranger.
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Yep, it's true.
My brand new Ford Ranger was delivered with rusty knuckles (inside front wheels).
Ford tell me this is normal.
Normal? How can they have the audacity to build a car with rusty parts?
Why didn't the dealership tell me about this feature before I parted with my money?
Why don't the Ford brochures advertise the added benefit of this 'pre-weathering'?
I'm completely flabbergasted!
I will never buy a Ford again.
Little over-reactive aren't we? There are pieces of iron that will rust on pretty much every car, no matter what. Were you expecting clear-coated metal on a Ford Ranger?

Oh, and pics or it didn't happen.

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Unread 02-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #5
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Just surface rust...unless its bad its nothing to worry about and is normal on any car.

Do let us know if you've got mechanical problems outta the factory like cluff though. That's fun.
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mine has a date next wednesday to get the TSB's looked at. and the loud klunk.
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Unread 02-01-2010, 11:47 PM   #7
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Just wait to you see the read axle the entire thing is rust covered this always erked me about Ford most manufactures at least use a cheap coat of paint like Chevy's grey or Dodge's Black, but even then it's not on all cars.
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East coast... suckers. I'd never live on the east coast. Don't want that crap salt on MY cars.

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mine has a date next wednesday to get the TSB's looked at. and the loud klunk.
That's the skin of the leftover lemons bumping around. lol
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East coast... suckers. I'd never live on the east coast. Don't want that crap salt on MY cars.

You get just as much salt in Oregon, and if you don't, your DOT isn't doing their job.
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You get just as much salt in Oregon, and if you don't, your DOT isn't doing their job.
No. We use gravel.
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