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I did my first oil change myself (previous ones were done by dealer/not me) so this was my first time under the car and noticed some rust on the undercarriage. I am from PA so obviously there was going to be some rust with the salt they cake the roads with in the winter time. Mine is a 2017 and has seen two winters here. Is this normal/expected or is this something I should be worried about? Sorry about the somewhat crap/out of focus pics.



 

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This is sad and exactly why I don't drive mine in the winter. I know I'm missing out hooning in the snow with the AWD, but I want my RS to last a long time. And that won't happen with all the salt and liquid calcium chloride on our roads here in New York State.
 

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I did my first oil change myself (previous ones were done by dealer/not me) so this was my first time under the car and noticed some rust on the undercarriage. I am from PA so obviously there was going to be some rust with the salt they cake the roads with in the winter time. Mine is a 2017 and has seen two winters here. Is this normal/expected or is this something I should be worried about? Sorry about the somewhat crap/out of focus pics.



I found mine just like this after winter 2018. Ford wouldn’t do anything but I worked with my dealer and they cleaned it up and re-painted those sections.


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That's normal salt corrosion. I had a Krown rust spray applied prior to winter and will do so again yearly. The Krown oil really slows the rust down but it does make a mess. Oil is still creeping out of my hatch from 7 months ago.

Also check your wheel arches. Right along the edge of the arch is a prime spot for rock chips. Get those cleaned and touched up asap.

I'm touching up those spots shortly then putting some wheel arch trim on. The trim has an edge that covers the chip prone area. Here's the trim I'm using:

Dawn Enterprises FG-68025-HG Wheel Arch Moulding (pic attached)

The trim is 5/8" in height. Pretty low key.
 

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That's normal salt corrosion. I had a Krown rust spray applied prior to winter and will do so again yearly. The Krown oil really slows the rust down but it does make a mess. Oil is still creeping out of my hatch from 7 months ago.

Also check your wheel arches. Right along the edge of the arch is a prime spot for rock chips. Get those cleaned and touched up asap.

I'm touching up those spots shortly then putting some wheel arch trim on. The trim has an edge that covers the chip prone area. Here's the trim I'm using:

Dawn Enterprises FG-68025-HG Wheel Arch Moulding (pic attached)

The trim is 5/8" in height. Pretty low key.
do you have an installed picture? I also want to protect the arches but don't like anything that looks out of place. like if exaggerated, would they look like wrangler fenders?
 

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I'm touching up those spots shortly then putting some wheel arch trim on. The trim has an edge that covers the chip prone area. Here's the trim I'm using:

Dawn Enterprises FG-68025-HG Wheel Arch Moulding (pic attached)

The trim is 5/8" in height. Pretty low key.
Also interested in seing pictures once installed.

I had the same idea for next winter so the rear wheel arch paint hopefully lasts more than one winter this time!

From the pictures of the trim on Amazon it does not seem so large once installed...

Would like to keep this as a permanent solution if it looks half decent. Already had paint literally pealing off the rear wheel arches twice in two years! Wonder if the trim-gard colored molding could match the FW close enough. Cant find it on their site though!
 

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I'm on my 7 day 12 hour work rotation so I plan on the paint touch up and trim install on my days off, if the weather cooperates.

I'm not too worried about how it looks as the alternative is touch up after touch up or even large flakes coming off. My wife had a focus a few years ago. Same chips happened and I didn't notice until a large chunk of paint literally blew off when washing it.... NOT happening to the RS.

I will post pics to this thread for sure!
 

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I'm on my 7 day 12 hour work rotation so I plan on the paint touch up and trim install on my days off, if the weather cooperates.

I'm not too worried about how it looks as the alternative is touch up after touch up or even large flakes coming off. My wife had a focus a few years ago. Same chips happened and I didn't notice until a large chunk of paint literally blew off when washing it.... NOT happening to the RS.

I will post pics to this thread for sure!
Thanks!! Looking forward to that! Once you confirm the “lip” is wide enough to protect the wheel arch edge I might just use the same exact product! Unless I find a similar white trim in stock somewhere with reasonable shipping fees to Canada.

My Gf’s 2013 focus se paint shows absolutely no sign of ageing, while both my 2015 ST and 2016 RS peeled in flakes as you mentionned. I naively thought this car being built in Germany would have better paint! I guess I was wrong!

Agree with you my priority is also to avoid paint flaking. If I cant find a white trim that closely matches FW i guess black will look better than the wrong shade of white!
 

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I'm trying to get my head around the situation of owning a car you love and driving it in the winter on salty roads!!!!!! Its like taking your car driving on the beach ( which is legal here on some beaches) you just wouldnt do it to a car you love. The people that do drive on the beach also generally go straight to a car wash after every sojourn that pressure washes the underside on a specialist machine.
Thats what junkers are for, driving in the winter. People that love their cars usually hibernate them when the snow and salt comes out.

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I'm trying to get my head around the situation of owning a car you love and driving it in the winter on salty roads!!!!!! Its like taking your car driving on the beach ( which is legal here on some beaches) you just wouldnt do it to a car you love. The people that do drive on the beach also generally go straight to a car wash after every sojourn that pressure washes the underside on a specialist machine.
Thats what junkers are for, driving in the winter. People that love their cars usually hibernate them when the snow and salt comes out.

Ciao
Well not everyone can afford an extra vehicle and the insurance, maintenance and storage space that goes along with it. Let alone get the wifes blessing to buy another vehicle.

With undercoating and rust spray many people here in the great white north of Canada have had vehicles for over ten years with very minimal rust issues. Also, with modern paint and frame coating processes during vehicle production rust is much less of an issue.

That said I want to get a winter beater myself BUT don't want to pay the extra costs involved. Also the wife would not approve as its not a wise expenditure, in her mind, especially when I can get the RS rust sprayed yearly and make minor mods to help prevent rust from forming.

PLUS pulling off huge drifts around every corner in the winter is the most fun part of my RS ownership!!
 

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Thanks!! Looking forward to that! Once you confirm the “lip” is wide enough to protect the wheel arch edge I might just use the same exact product! Unless I find a similar white trim in stock somewhere with reasonable shipping fees to Canada.

My Gf’s 2013 focus se paint shows absolutely no sign of ageing, while both my 2015 ST and 2016 RS peeled in flakes as you mentionned. I naively thought this car being built in Germany would have better paint! I guess I was wrong!

Agree with you my priority is also to avoid paint flaking. If I cant find a white trim that closely matches FW i guess black will look better than the wrong shade of white!
The official ford touchup paint is pretty darn close and easy to use. Some of the ebay ones suggested on here are water based and I could never get them to work right.
 

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I'm trying to get my head around the situation of owning a car you love and driving it in the winter on salty roads!!!!!! Its like taking your car driving on the beach ( which is legal here on some beaches) you just wouldnt do it to a car you love. The people that do drive on the beach also generally go straight to a car wash after every sojourn that pressure washes the underside on a specialist machine.
Thats what junkers are for, driving in the winter. People that love their cars usually hibernate them when the snow and salt comes out.

Ciao
Some owners may keep their RS as a summer toy, others as a garage queen, while others need to (or want to) drive in the snow. I don’t think that means they love their car any less.

I bought mine because it was the only car that I could fit two kids in, take up the ski hill in 2 feet of fresh powder, and drive on the track. Personally I think snow handling is one of the best parts of the car. I know you can find snow in Australia, you should try it this winter!
 

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I personally bought the RS to drive in the summer AND the winter. I think Ford Canada knew this when they gave us an included winter wheel package. :)
 

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I personally bought the RS to drive in the summer AND the winter. I think Ford Canada knew this when they gave us an included winter wheel package. :)
Not saying you cant use it in the winter but if you do you need to accept the elevated risk of collateral damage. As can be observed by many reports, front splitters damaged,under tray not fit for winter, salt induced corrosion the list goes on and on. If you are the flip it in 3 years type, then drive its ass off in the winter but lets face it if you have any long term ownership aspirations and want it to still be in "nice" shape mechanically and aesthetically in 5 years time then you are on an almost impossible mission if you are going to drive it all year round.

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Not saying you cant use it in the winter but if you do you need to accept the elevated risk of collateral damage. As can be observed by many reports, front splitters damaged,under tray not fit for winter, salt induced corrosion the list goes on and on. If you are the flip it in 3 years type, then drive its ass off in the winter but lets face it if you have any long term ownership aspirations and want it to still be in "nice" shape mechanically and aesthetically in 5 years time then you are on an almost impossible mission if you are going to drive it all year round.

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May be, but I enjoy it too much to let it sit in the garage. I do have another car I could drive but the RS is just to much darn fun to live it in the garage, that is unless it is snowing, then the Jeep gets used.
 

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Why aren't you applying CRC every couple of years? Salt/snow ie Northern US states, you need to coat the undercarriage for rust reasons. Same for anyone that lives next to salt water. CRC isn't expensive. You just need a lift or a couple of jacks to slide underneath it and coat all metal parts. CRC can be bought on Amazon for cheap, and you can apply yourself. it just needs a little time to dry.
 
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