Rust Bucket..?

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I have a 2020 Ranger XLT with just over 3000 miles. Swapped out the wheels/tires Tuesday and discovered the hubs were completely rusted when I removed the OEM set. I purchased the truck NEW in Utah with 11 miles but it lives in CA and has never been driven through any water or rain since I have owned it. I'm two miles from the beach. Could this possible be from washing the vehicle? (which I do regularly) It would have been nice if the hubs were painted from the factory. Didn't have what I needed to fix the issue when swapping out the old wheels for new but added the project to my TO-DO list this weekend.

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The rusted area is part of the rotors. Doesn't look that bad. And your frame looks great atm.
Copy that Larry. Rotor assembly, not Hub. Thanks for the correction. Still rusty though. :rolleyes:
 

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I have a 2020 Ranger XLT with just over 3000 miles. Swapped out the wheels/tires Tuesday and discovered the hubs were completely rusted when I removed the OEM set. I purchased the truck NEW in Utah with 11 miles but it lives in CA and has never been driven through any water or rain since I have owned it. I'm two miles from the beach. Could this possible be from washing the vehicle? (which I do regularly) It would have been nice if the hubs were painted from the factory. Didn't have what I needed to fix the issue when swapping out the old wheels for new but added the project to my TO-DO list this weekend.

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What kind of stock wheels did you replace? Aluminum or steel? If aluminum, its probably a reaction between the dissimilar metals and the salt in the air acting as the oxidizer. Put a good coat of grease on the face and area of the rim that contacts it. This needs to be done in climates that use salt on the roads in the winter to prevent this issue. It can cause the rim to actually fuse and seize on to the rotor.
 

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holy natural chemical process batman.....thats what bare steel does

crawl around under your truck some more if you really wanna cry. theres alot more than that I am sure.

why doesnt Ford paint it??? because A) hidden corrosion doesnt affect its operation B) oxidation is a form of protection in itself. C) everyone complains they pay too much for what they get already. Price would go up by the thousands if they painted all these other parts that no one sees.

Solution: strip your truck down and paint the parts you're worried about...or drive it and dont worry about it.

Think about some other cheap things that seem half assed but no one cares about...the pattern on your bed sheets is only on one side, same with your underwear.
 

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That is very common. Moisture gets trapped between the wheel and the rotor and the heat cycles from the brakes getting hot and cooling down accelerates the corrosion of the iron. If the aluminum where the wheel contacts the rotor is not coated you will get a lot of aluminum oxide build up that quite often makes getting the wheel off difficult.

As previously mention getting coated rotors will help.
 

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WTF? is this your first vehicle? Normal.
Go buy some anti seize grease & slap some on.
Don't worry, you'll be buying new rotors in 50 to 100k miles.....
 
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What kind of stock wheels did you replace? Aluminum or steel? If aluminum, its probably a reaction between the dissimilar metals and the salt in the air acting as the oxidizer. Put a good coat of grease on the face and area of the rim that contacts it. This needs to be done in climates that use salt on the roads in the winter to prevent this issue. It can cause the rim to actually fuse and seize on to the rotor.
Aluminum...I figured dissimilar metals might be the cause. Would grease not potentially migrate to the braking surface and potentially affect stopping power or at the very least contaminate the surface of the rotor?
 

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nothin to worry bout. when the rust is a problem you will know. if you can read reach or pass a beer through it then be concerned. besides more rust is better gas mileage. its not like toyota frame rust, that is the most advanced rust ive ever seen.
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That is very common. Moisture gets trapped between the wheel and the rotor and the heat cycles from the brakes getting hot and cooling down accelerates the corrosion of the iron. If the aluminum where the wheel contacts the rotor is not coated you will get a lot of aluminum oxide build up that quite often makes getting the wheel off difficult.

As previously mention getting coated rotors will help.
Copy. Coated rotors might be an upgrade down the line. Thanks for the reply
 

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nothin to worry bout. when the rust is a problem you will know. if you can read reach or pass a beer through it then be concerned. besides more rust is better gas mileage. its not like toyota frame rust, that is the most advanced rust ive ever seen.
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Engineered into it. That makes the frame flex better for off-roading...
 

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Like others have said that's pretty normal. If it bothers you you could always hit it with a small wire brush to knock some of the rust off but I would just put the wheel back on and drive it.

I have to admit when I saw the title I was expecting this to be a Tacoma thread. :shock:
 
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