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Old 09-10-2006, 03:01 PM   #1
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Question Frame Rust: the Problem. Future: the Keeper of Secrets. You: Helpful Input Provider?

Howdy everyone '96 Saturn SW2 here, and after changing the oil today, I finally got a good look at the subframe area of the car. Well, I got the crap scared out of me. There is surface rust at the moment in various spots, in some going through several layers. Same deal for the rear doors, but that's already a problem posted all over this forum.

Today I just bought from PepBoys some pump spray rust stopper or inhibitor or something like that, applies like a gel. Haven't used it yet, but I plan to scrape off the existing flaking rust spots, spray with this rust-designed gel, and then use a rubber undercoating spray if I feel bold enough that the job has been done well enough that I'm sure rust will stop spreading. I don't want the rust to spread underneath a coat of rubber, so I won't spray unless I'm pretty sure it's done rusting.

After I clean it off and stop the rust, I want to keep checking up on it every time I change the oil, so I can monitor the corrosion.

Take a look at these pictures, though, let me know your input before I do the job. Right procedure, right materials ... etc.

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Old 09-10-2006, 03:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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Nothing to worry about there. But you plan sounds fine.

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Old 09-10-2006, 04:38 PM   #4
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That's not bad. Mine looks a little worse. You want to watch where the lower control arms bolt to the subframe for first sign of issues.

This guy has it real awful.

That rust preventing paint and sanding sounds like a good idea for nipping it in the bud though.

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Old 09-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: Frame Rust: the Problem. Future: the Keeper of Secrets. You: Helpful Input Provi

I'd just get a wire wheel or brush and paint over it with primer.

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Old 09-10-2006, 08:07 PM   #6
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That's not bad. Mine looks a little worse. You want to watch where the lower control arms bolt to the subframe for first sign of issues.

This guy has it real awful.
Thats only a little worse than what my '94 looks like right now. I'm thinking I may talk to my mechanic and see what he thinks when I get the clutch replaced on Wednesday.

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Old 09-10-2006, 08:54 PM   #7
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I suppose it's not as big a deal as I first thought, judging from you guys' reactions; very calming to know it's not as worse as I thought

Wire wheel / brush ... something I don't have. That's a needed item for the job, I'd say. Hopefully next time I'm out running a few errands I'll pick one up. Standard Lowe's part, I'd guess?

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yup..

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