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Old 05-01-2012, 04:36 PM
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Default 2009 Ram spot rusting on front chrome bumper...

I just noticed quite a few small specs of rust on the chrome front bumper of my 2009 Ram SLT. Truck has 80,000 km on it (approx. 50k miles).

It's not some form of "surface rust" or something that has deposited on the bumper and rusted. I looked closely and I'm sure it is rust from the base steel bumper coming through tiny perforations in the nickel/chrome plate.

I used the Search feature, and a TSB was mentioned. Prior to seeing that, I used a metal/chrome polish and then put a "once a year" polymer wax on the bumper. Right now, it looks great. Years ago, I had a similar experience and found that if I waxed the bumper 3 or 4 times a year rust specs were not an issue--presumably the wax filled in the small pores in the chrome plate. If I take my truck to the dealer now, the bumper looks great.

Just wondering if anybody else has had long-term results with a light metal polish for the chrome, followed by waxing? If I can avoid the hassle of going to the dealer and fighting for a replacement I will.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:43 PM
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My painted front bumper has a bunch of rust spots. not sure what I'm going to do yet.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:49 PM
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same with mine, i have a 2010 TRX4 (painted bumper) and I can see little rust spots all over it when it's clean.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:49 PM
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I have a 2009 and noticed these "rust spots" on my fenders and it has been a ongoing issue for many people. I used a clay bar a couple years ago and that seemed to clear things up, not sure if you could use it on a chrome bumper tho...
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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For any of you that are still under warranty there is a TSB that addresses this issue. TSB below.

NUMBER: 23-015-10
GROUP: Body
DATE: December 16, 2010


Front Bumper Corrosion
OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves the inspection of front bumpers for corrosion and if necessary
replacing.
MODELS:
2009-2010 (DS) RAM 1500 Pickup
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built after July 01,2008 (MDH0701XX) and
before May 25,2010 (MDH0525XX).
SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
The customer may notice surface corrosion on the face of the bumper, close out panel
and/or around the mounting bolts at the top of the bumper.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:04 PM
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Even though I have the life time power train warranty,the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty expired in March.Just noticed rust spots under the plastic top that covers the top of the front bumper on both ends.This really sucks,because I don't know if I can get any help with it now!!!!!!!
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:19 PM
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I find the paint quality on these trucks is really cheap. They scratch very easily, and seems like there's not many coats, I can scratch my paint with just my nails, and started noticing my clear coat peeling in some spots, mostly on the roof. In 3 years my truck should look like my 89 Toyota..
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:40 AM
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I have the same issue with mine I am passed my bumper to bumper warranty by about 10K. when I take it in to the dealer for my next service in 2 weeks I will talk to them about it and see what they can do.
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Even though I have the life time power train warranty,the 3 year bumper to bumper warranty expired in March.Just noticed rust spots under the plastic top that covers the top of the front bumper on both ends.This really sucks,because I don't know if I can get any help with it now!!!!!!!
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If your warranty only expired a couple of months ago I would suggest a call to the Chrysler Customer Assistance Center and see if they will help you out. Let them know your warranty just expired and make them aware of the TSB number and tell them you think they should cover it. It can never hurt to ask. Numbers below.

800-992-1997 United States
800-465-2001 Canada
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:47 PM
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Thank you Chris for the TSB. I paid a couple neighborhood kids last year to wash my truck and they found the rust spots on my rig. My manufacture date is 10/09 so the TSB definitely makes sense. I would guess the chrome must show more than the painted ones.
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Nice truck I have the exact same thing except two door.
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RamTRX4 that is, sorry.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:23 PM
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Thanx 2010 TRX4!!!
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I have yet to see the same paint scheme on another Ram in all my travels like we have. I know the deep water blue is no longer an option. I am good friends with my local dealership, I have known many of the employees for years and they bug me to take mine in trade or buy outright and I keep saying no way. The TRX4 is a great truck, and they know it. To this day I still get compliments.
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I had rust on my front bumper and pitting on the rear bumper. Replaced under warranty after a month of buying new. A year later they replaced the front one again under warranty. This one is holding up good..

2009 with 19,000 miles
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