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Unread 04-02-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
BeccaS
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Frame needs oiling...?

I have another thread regarding the transmission, but, it appears my clutch is gone. So, it is going to be sitting for a few months til I can replace it. In the meantime, I am going to do other repairs. Last year, when I had it inspected, the mechanic beat the underneath of it with a metal pole, and, yes, pieces of rust fell. He told me if I did not get a coat of oil under it, it would not pass again. It has 115,000 miles, and, living in Maine, all of our cars get chewed up by the road salt. My question is...how do you oil it and what do you use??

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Unread 04-02-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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I have another thread regarding the transmission, but, it appears my clutch is gone. So, it is going to be sitting for a few months til I can replace it. In the meantime, I am going to do other repairs. Last year, when I had it inspected, the mechanic beat the underneath of it with a metal pole, and, yes, pieces of rust fell. He told me if I did not get a coat of oil under it, it would not pass again. It has 115,000 miles, and, living in Maine, all of our cars get chewed up by the road salt. My question is...how do you oil it and what do you use??
Poor man's undercoating...
Liberally apply motor oil everywhere under there and drive down a dusty road.
Not saying I would do it or it should be done though.
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Unread 04-02-2014, 10:29 PM   #3
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One place you might want to check out is eastwood.com they have a full line of rust control products, don't know what your budget is but POR 15 is good stuff just very pricey, when I lived in Bangor I got my 65 Scout to pass with plexiglass floor boards and fiber glass, took it to a country mechanic I guess you would call him he looked at the floor boards said they look tight had me run through a brake test lights and turn signals and gave me a sticker, the first one failed it he looked in the wheel well said the gap between the frame and body was a rust hole, unless a lot has changed there if its mechanically sound with no rust holes where fumes can get into the passenger compartment you should be able to get it to pass.
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Unread 04-03-2014, 07:09 AM   #4
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Thank you. All we have for inspection stations around here are so particular (as they should be I suppose) As it is I am worried they aren't going to pass my car today with a busted fog light. I don't know if getting a coat under it will save it now, or help me out. But, I suppose it can't hurt, and if it's just going to be sitting there, might as well do something to it.
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Unread 04-03-2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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Thank you. All we have for inspection stations around here are so particular (as they should be I suppose) As it is I am worried they aren't going to pass my car today with a busted fog light. I don't know if getting a coat under it will save it now, or help me out. But, I suppose it can't hurt, and if it's just going to be sitting there, might as well do something to it.
My home state does not use salt, but neighboring states do,and requires all new vehicles sold to be undercoated before leaving the dealership.

Best defense is to wash the undercarriage at least 2 times a month regardless of the weather. #1 cause of rusted undercarriage is neglect and can easily be prevented.
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Unread 04-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #6
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tjk, i wash my undercarriage at twice a month, and i can tell you i still have rust. no way to prevent it. esp with that brine the use in the north east now.
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Unread 04-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #7
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tjk, i wash my undercarriage at twice a month, and i can tell you i still have rust. no way to prevent it. esp with that brine the use in the north east now.
I was mine weekly(regardless of weather,every sunday) and zero rust in 12 years and my KJ has sat in 3 states that use varying methods of de-icing from sand,salt,and chloride solution.
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