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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Engine rust

I just bought my first Jeep, an '01 with 81K. I noticed under the hood there was a lot of rust parts (belt pulleys, alternator, most parts from the looks of it). I'll snap a picture of it and post it later, but should I be worried or is it normal?

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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Apparently, yours is not leaking enough oil. You need to get that fixed
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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:12 PM   #3
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It's normal to have surface rust in MA.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
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Apparently, yours is not leaking enough oil. You need to get that fixed
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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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What condition is the rest of the Jeep in?
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:14 PM   #6
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Rust as in color or rust as in layers that are flaking off?
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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What condition is the rest of the Jeep in?
The rest of the Jeep is in great condition, very minimal amounts of rust.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:22 PM   #8
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Did you open the hood before you bought it?
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Unread 04-05-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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Yes I opened the hood and he said it's normal. I've never owned a Jeep before so I wanted to get more opinions on it.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
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Winter driving in snow belt (salted roads) = Rust.
Regular cleaning underneath after storms can be very effective as rust control and is almost never done, IMO..
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Unread 04-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #11
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Very normal for the rust belt. Feel free to remove those parts, clean them up carefully with steel wool or whatever other rust-removal method you prefer. Anything electrical is better off not getting wet. Take your pick for methods of refinishing and be careful when reinstalling. Might be a good time to "waterproof" your engine bay. Good for keeping your vehicle running if you deal with water crossings. Do a search for methods on that.

Then again, if everything is working fine and the rust is simply surface, take care of other problems that are higher priority first.
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Here's an aerial photo of my engine.

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Unread 04-05-2012, 03:02 PM   #13
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Looks normal to me for a rust belt Jeep. One of my buddies bought an XJ from Chicago and it looked like that. I'd recommend you get some engine cleaner or simple green and wash the engine bay out to was away any residual road salt residue etc. Steam cleaning might help to freshen things up too.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #14
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Looks normal to me for a rust belt Jeep. One of my buddies bought an XJ from Chicago and it looked like that. I'd recommend you get some engine cleaner or simple green and wash the engine bay out to was away any residual road salt residue etc. Steam cleaning might help to freshen things up too.
Just wanted to make sure. Thanks dude.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 03:10 PM   #15
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Nothing some simple green and then going over the rusty bits with a little wd-40 can't fix.
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