I have a 2005 GMC Sierra Z-71 with <6000 miles on it. We've had a mild
winter up here in the northland but lots of snow/slush. I usually run the
truck through the touch-free car wash every couple of weeks...weather
permitting. I just gave it a good hand wash and notice that all the
chrome trim and paint on the sides of the truck is pitted with small rust
pits...all over! This truck didn't have any rock chips on it coming into
winter so, obviously, the road salt is eating its way right through the
paint. I managed to polish out the pits on the chrome trim, but I haven't
tried to tackle the paint problem yet? I can't imagine a new vehicle
rusting like this.....what should I do?
Thanks, the manual/warranty book is pretty vague about appearance issues.
I'm taking it to the dealer in the next day or two for an oil change and
will certainly bring it to their attention. Curious to see what they'll
have to say.
If something like that was NOT covered by the mfg warranty, I'm sure a LOT
of people here and elsewhere would like to know about it!
Make sure the service manager knows how steamed you are (that is - AFTER he
says not covered!) and that you're prepared to go to the media, and the
internet with all the facts....
It's truly AMAZING how fast people will back peddle when given that option.
I'll bet it isn't rust. Reason, the chrome trim isn't steel, it is
polished aluminum with a chrome and clear coat. It can't rust. Sounds
more like it got hit with some paint or someone was grinding steel near
it and those bits got on the paint.
"Rod Dahl" < email@example.com> wrote in message
It is rust but the source is not your truck. I saw the same thing this past
weekend while doing my Spring wax job.
I saw a bunch of little (very tiny) rust spots on the lower half of the
doors and I near freaked. Went to the other side, same thing. Then I saw
it on the chrome trim (like Steve says, not steel) and on the fender trim
pieces (plastic). Good wax took the spots off no prob.
I had a similiar problem with rust flakes appearing in the paint of a
new white chev pickup. Dealer said it was a result of the vehicle
being transported via rail. When the rail cars are braking small steel
particles come from the steel wheels and embed in the paint. After
awhile they rust. This was not overly noticable, only when you closely
inspected the paint. Dealer took truck back and buffed and polished
the particles out. This did the job and I was satisfied.
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