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Rusting Drive shaft on 2006?

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Rusting Drive shaft on 2006?

Hey everyone i just got a reg cab 06 sport and i noticed that the driveshaft is completely rusted. Is this normal, are should i take it to ford?


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yup its normal. There's steel driveshafts and aluminum. I don't remember if there's a diff. I think mines rusted also and it really doesnt make adiff, altho urs rusted quickly!

You could prolly lightly(aka dont scratch really hard) sand off much of the rust and take rustoleum spray paint and paint it either silver/black. Jus make sure you don't change the thickness at all of the driveshaft, since it spins really fast and is therefore balanced.

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yea that did rust fast, especially in lousiana...do what aaron said and paint it LIGHTLY....or try to con them into giving you an aluminum one, mines still flawless after 7 years
 
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mine was rusted when i got it and i have not done anything about it... its just surface rust so no real big deal
 
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When I bought my truck new the driveshaft was rust brown. Its nothing to worry about.

Instead of sanding and painting and risking getting it out of balance, I'd "paint" a thin layer of rust converter onto it. It will turn black after a day or so. I did the same thing with the rotors on Kara's car before a car show.. the hats and ends were ugly rust brown, converter turned them a more sightly black without changing the balance of the rotor. Obviously I didn't put it on the pad-swept area, I imagine it could contaminate the pad.
 
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it was bear steal from the factory its gonna rust..its fine
 
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ya, they come from the factory like that. nothin wrong with it.
 
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why did they make two different kinds?
 
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cause they are cheep. if they gave everyone an aluminum one, they'd be poor im sure.
 
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Mine is rusted and it sucks.
 
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hmmm i feel luck i have a aluminum drive shaft...
 
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^^ really?
ur lucky
 
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i have an aluminum as well
 
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Mines alumn also, but i think someone replaced it at one point, its very large...

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Originally Posted by RockysFord
replaced it at one point, its very large...

Rocky
Be careful with it then. Don't poke any eyes out
 
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Originally Posted by RockysFord
Mines alumn also, but i think someone replaced it at one point, its very large...

Rocky

My girlfriend says taht all the time man.

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Originally Posted by RockysFord
Mines alumn also, but i think someone replaced it at one point, its very large...

Rocky
Yeah mine is real big too and i dont just mean my member but also my aluminum driveshaft
 
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as long as it is a light rust and not a deep one it is normal and will be fine
 
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speaking of..large..drivvveshafts heh I have the aluminum one as well. They are bigger in diameter than the steel ones right? Now we're speaking girth.. haha
 
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Originally Posted by bwester04
speaking of..large..drivvveshafts heh I have the aluminum one as well. They are bigger in diameter than the steel ones right? Now we're speaking girth.. haha
Yes the aluminum ones are bigger in diameter.
 
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The Al shafts went into the extended cab Rangers when Ford found out that the weight of such a long steel shaft would make a loud "clunk" as the truck began to move. Some folks were able to get their steel shafts exchanged, till Ford got cheap and shut down the "silent" recall. Regular cabs come with the steel shaft, and it will rust fairly quickly. There's a lot of steel there, so I wouldn't worry about it. If you're worried about that, I suggest not looking at the steel pan that covers the bottom of your steering column.
 
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Originally Posted by SilverTank
The Al shafts went into the extended cab Rangers when Ford found out that the weight of such a long steel shaft would make a loud "clunk" as the truck began to move. Some folks were able to get their steel shafts exchanged, till Ford got cheap and shut down the "silent" recall. Regular cabs come with the steel shaft, and it will rust fairly quickly. There's a lot of steel there, so I wouldn't worry about it. If you're worried about that, I suggest not looking at the steel pan that covers the bottom of your steering column.
Ditto to that one about the steering column.. mine is spreading like fire, although it didnt start till I moved to the coast! Along with everything else that is rusting..
 
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Lucky asses with aluminum shafts...LOL..

Would it be alright to get mine sandblasted and painted? Just as long as the paint is thin like ya'll said? I know we have a sandblaster around here somewhere, and i could throw a couple of coats of black paint on it....that would be great, much better than RUST.
 
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I say go for it, as long as you keep the paint thin and uniform I dont see a prob. Hell i'd like to sandblast my whole frame!
 
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i just might do that...
 

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