Hello all, I got my first Jeep last weekend and I'm a total Jeep newb (but a thrilled newb!)
I bought a 2008 unlimited Sahara 4x4 last Friday night. When I was looking it over a little more closely Saturday morning, I noticed a number of pea-sized rust spots on the muffler. They look to be surface spots (i.e. no holes that I can see). It had been on their lot since March and had 150 miles on it, but I have to think it shouldn't have rust spots on it.
I'm dropping it by the dealership tomorrow to have their service guy take a look at it. Any suggestions on what to say to them? Should I insist on a replacement? From what I can read on the rust portion of the warranty all they would have to do when it comes time for state safety inspection (and if it failed) they could just say I was wheeling it and got rock scrapes, which led to rust not covered under warranty.
Save yourself the trouble of rust in the future on everything and pick up a can up Boeshield T9, CRC Heavy Duty Rust Inhibitor, Lanocote or if you've got a West Marine local: West Marine CorrosionPro Lube.
Spray everything. Should be reapplied about every 6 months. And always wash after wheeling, especially inside the frame. I like just using the hose to wash everything down, then use a product called roll off on everything, let sit for 10 minutes and hose down. It also contains rust inhibitors.
Electrical connections will thank you too.
'99 SE: The "It could be worse..." jeep
don't worry about the rust, i know it's a new jeep and everything should be prestine but just let it happen the jeep sat for close to 6 months. They won't do anything about that i used to work at a jeep dealership.
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1983 CJ 7 (traded for TJ)
1992 YJ Renegade (sold)
1999 XJ Classic (daily driver)
1997 TJ Sport (building)