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Rear chrome bumper rusting out

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Motorshooter, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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    Motorshooter

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    Not a pretty site, 07 Tacoma with 48K on the clock and only 1 owner-me:) and the rear chrome bumper is rusting badly from the back side out:mad: that much rust from a well taken care of truck is shocking:eek:

    I discovered this last weekend when I was under the rear. I know I take great care of the blue mule, wash it when it needs it...or not, wash off and out the frame atleast 3 times a year and after ever snow fall:eek: which is not alot here in Va, so what gives? Is it another defect showing up in a poor quailty build? Does my taco have a thin skined bumper?

    This spring I will take the bumper off and scrape the rust off and paint the inside with rust stopping paint:D but come on, Toyota trucks have a great history of being tough...or atleast they did.

    How about your Tacoma...is it rusting in the rear chrome bumper?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM
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    Mine has some surface rust forming in a little ding right by the license plate where the previous owner backed up too far into the trailer tongue. that will be taken care of soon when I color match the bumper.

    I found some surface rust on the frame mounts right behind the front wheels. I sanded that down, primed, and sprayed my frame rails with spray-on beliner.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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    Bug deflecter, vent shades, Airaid Intake, Pop 'n lock, replaced chrome bumper with black bumper, replaced chrome grille surround with a black grille surround, blacked out logo in the front, debadged, center console lock, grom audio mp3/ipod,weathertech digital liners
    i had some surface rust starting on the chrome bumper also but I swapped it with a black bumper.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM
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    its not just toyota,everyone is using CHEAP steel(if u wanna call it that)these days.if u can push it in with your hand and make it buckle,u no they r junk.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    man, i'm glad i don't live up north,that salt will eat your baby up.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM
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    yes it will,IF u dont take care of it.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2009 at 5:59 PM
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    The previous owner had the rear chrome bumper replaced under warranty on my 07 because of rust in 08.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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  9. Dec 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM
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    I might just hit the bone yards this spring and pull an Indigo Ink Pearl off a wreck and put it on:D...that would look C:):)L
     
  10. Jan 7, 2010 at 1:21 PM
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    guy I work with picked up his 4wd new in Aug/Sept 2009; this is a photo of his bumper that he just sent me :eek:

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    I'm gonna be keeping a close eye on mine!
     
  11. Jan 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    Might as well wait until spring and the salt stops for a while before making them replace it.
     
  12. Jan 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM
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    Once you get any sort of hole, scratch or penetration of the chrome, the steel underneath will rust faster due to galvanic reactions with the chrome plating. It's possible that factors such as cost saving or tightening environmental regulations have led to lower quality chroming of parts destined for new cars, and that lower quality plating might have thin spots which interact with the environment almost like scratches or flaws and lead to accelerated rusting in the steel.

    You could try screwing a zinc block (available in many sizesat most marine hardware stores) onto a non-visible spot on your bumper (maybe inside the bumper on the bottom where water might pool when it's wet) to prevent corrosion of the steel if the chrome isn't cutting it. Wouldn't take a very big block to get the job done, and don't worry when the zinc starts to corrode, 'cause that's what it's for.
     
  13. Jan 7, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    mine is an 2007 and its rusting under the license plate...the steeler is looking at it took pictures and is notifiying toyota...i hope they stand behind it...its more then surface rust...if they dont what good is the warrantee on the body?
     
  14. Jan 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    Interesting idea. Do you really think that would work out of water as well as it does immersed in water?
     
  15. Jan 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    You can remove the rust with a steel wool pad, it won't keep it from coming back, but it will get it looking as good as new. Chrome just doesn't do well with road salt and magnesium chloride. The bumper on my old 4runner did the same thing... it's inevitable.
     
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    wow. I had a 99 Ford F150 with Chrome bumpers. I got rid of it last year and they never had a speck of rust on them. We have a long winter season with alot of road salt used.
     
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    Interesting idea, but wouldn't you want to use Magnesium, since that's more for fresh water? Unless he is driving through salt water, then Aluminum, since its best against all types of water. I know Aluminum is what we are switching to on our boat, since we are usually in fresh water, but now and then hit some salt water. Just an idea...
     
  18. Jan 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    ya but... after one month of road salt exposure? Truck was new in September and our first real snow was just 3 weeks ago!
     
  19. Jan 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    Its obviously not typical at that age, salt or no salt.

    They'll replace it.
     
  20. Jan 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    just noticed my '06 rusting near the plate and on one side near the rubber...in MT we don't have salt, but the state does use a de-icer cocktail...it is a bummer. the previous owner did a LOT of road driving, but these spots are prett protected from rocks etc.
     
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