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    Rust proofing the D.

    Just bought a 2002 Durango R/T. It's from FL/NC so no rust, but now that its in the rust belt (Indiana)...what's the best way to "rust proof" or prevent? Ziebart, or is there something cheaper/better?

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    Anyone?

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    Spray oil on the underside of it every winter. That's what we've always done for years and it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by that_guy View Post
    Spray oil on the underside of it every winter. That's what we've always done for years and it works.
    What type of oil? Sounds like a mess....

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    Regular old motor oil. My grandpap and dad have both always done it, and it's kept their cars from rusting or corroding all this time. It's a messy job to do, but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by that_guy View Post
    Regular old motor oil. My grandpap and dad have both always done it, and it's kept their cars from rusting or corroding all this time. It's a messy job to do, but it works.
    Oh, I have no doubt that it works, and by the mess, I was thinking more of spring time clean-up, especially if you travel dirt/gravel roads much. I drive a boom truck, and anytime I get a hydraulic leak and go down a gravel road, you can barely get that s**t off with a power washer. I'm guessing it helps to keep ice/snow from accumulating on the under-side also?

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    Yep, it works well for that too. The motor oil isn't as bad as hydraulic oil for stuff sticking to it. There are gravel roads that we drive on and didn't really have problems with that.
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    The best defense is a good offense. I have had lots of cars here in the Northeast and rarely have rust issues. After the snow clears, I get the hose out and spray underneath concentrating on the frame and rockers as well as the rear bumper and wheel wells. a good flush here and there during the winter goes a long way. In the old days, Ziebart was recommended when buying new cars, but people had issues with the stuff plugging up needed vent holes and causing rust to form.

    All D's were made the same. they weren't treated for the rust belt any different than ones sent to FL. Keep the hose handy and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSTDANGO3 View Post
    Very common practice although the EPA is frowning on it a bit as of late!
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