Door rust on 03 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-22-2012
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: White Pigeon MI
Posts: 4
Door rust on 03

Greetings All

I just purchased a 03 standard cab 4X4 ranger.
After getting it home I noticed rust on the bottom of the passenger side door.
I checked the driver side and no rust.
This lead me to believe that maybe water is slipping past the window seals and settling in the bottom of the door panel.
Is this a common problem and how much of a problem is it to remove the interior door panel for a closer inspection?

Thanks Michael
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-22-2012
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Madison
Posts: 347
ya

It is a common problem for sure. My 04 has the bottom of the passenger door rusted out, and just like yours, the drivers side has no rust whatsoever. I really dont understand why one door rusts and the other doesnt. Ive been grinding away at it for two years now, but it keeps coming back. Yesterday I hit the rust with a rust converter, poured some inside the door as well. Patched up the holes, and will paint it later on this week.

Im not holding my breath, the rust will probably be back. But at least this way i buy it some more time. Im on the lookout for doors on craigslist, you should keep your eye out as well. My frame is rust- free though! Hahaha
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-22-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
Less use, less open air…

Driver’s side is open and close a lot more.

I’ll have to look at mine just to see.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-22-2012
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Madison
Posts: 347
thats the only thing i could think of. and then i counted the millions of times ive gotten in and out of my truck with muddy, wet boots on...figured the drivers side would rot faster.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-22-2012
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: White Pigeon MI
Posts: 4
Thanks for the info guys.
I would not have noticed it untill I saw just a slight bit of rust on the outside bottom of the door.
I'am not sure if the rust has gone all the way through yet.
Thank god it is in a spot thats some what hidden.
I believe in that rust converter ,I used it on my 00 F 150.
I want to take the interior door panel off ,if its not a PIA ,so I can see just how much damage is done.

Thanks Again Michael
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-22-2012
Clinton's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (19)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: PA.
Posts: 1,417
I have the same issue, like the others said it is quite common. My doors are going to be re-done at a body shop just for that, it runs about 200 a door (prices in my area) for the fix and paint.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-22-2012
V8 Level II's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,831
Quote:
Originally Posted by dynamike55 View Post
This lead me to believe that maybe water is slipping past the window seals and settling in the bottom of the door panel.
Auto/truck doors are not completely sealed against rain/snow/dust/mud intrusion. That's why virtually all have 2 or 3 small drains designed into the door bottoms. Check to see if yours are open and draining freely. They can get completely plugged especially with 4x4's that have been used off road. A nasty mix of mud, twigs and road salt can stay damp inside the door year round and keep the salt corrosion going summer and winter.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Side note:

I find that it is good preventative maintenance to work a small amount of oil into the pinched welds at the bottoms of the door skins to help keep the water from starting rust inside. I like using motorcycle chain lube because it has a volatile carrier that lets the mixture flow deep into the seams just as it would flow into the chain pins and bushings. The carrier later evaporates, leaving thick oil/grease to protect the unpainted metal inside. There will be a small amount of leakage from the bottoms of the doors for a while so plan accordingly. I leave the doors open after oiling to allow initial drip off and then clean the door edges occasionally to get the rest.

Obviously, this treatment is most effective when the vehicle is new and rust free. I would NOT do this to a door that you plan to repair/repaint soon.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-22-2012
Mcleary316's Avatar
Member

 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Posts: 2,322
I have a tiny bit of rust under the door also. It's a comma thing.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-23-2012
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: White Pigeon MI
Posts: 4
Well guys I have been searching the web for more info.
One thing that I have read is forget about the rust converter and go with a rust encapsulater.
My two choices are POR and Rust Bullet.
Rust Bullet has two patents so i might try that for $22 for the kit.
I know one thing that if I can stop the rust ,I will be cleaning that passenger side door sile on a regular basis.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-24-2012
Scrambler82's Avatar
Old Guy Userů ltr
iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,773
I guess the next question is how to stop it from happening ?

Check the drain holes, number one.

Can a anti-rusting spray be applied to stop the rust or prevent it from happening ?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-26-2012
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: White Pigeon MI
Posts: 4
At first I thought that it was water entering the door panel however after further reading it sounds like it is just water and debris laying inbetween the door sile and the door panel which starts rusting on the pinch weld at the bottom of the door.
As far as a cure , I don't think that a rust converter will do any good.
I plan on using a rust encapsulater ,either POR15 or Rust Bullet.
My choice is Rust Bullet because it has good reviews,a couple of patents and it is a 1 step process.
Whats nice is that the rust is in a inconspicuous spot so repairs don't have to be perfect.
I just want to stop the rust before it reaches the out door skin.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-26-2012
Galloway6's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Washington Court House
Posts: 1
on my truck it's the drivers door with the rust. I plan to check out the rust Bullet, thanks for the tips.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-25-2013
Rainpebble's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Marshall, MN
Posts: 2
My 2011 I just purchased has the problem on all 4 doors and tailgate seam. I was so upset upon discovering this on a 2 year old truck, that I was going to back out of the deal. The dealership volunteered to take it to their bodyshop, grind it down, seal the pinch weld, undercoat the insides of the doors, and repaint. Hopefully this will correct the problem and I can enjoy a rust free truck for 5 to 10 years.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
door ajar! door ajar! door ajar! mx98ranger General Technical & Electrical 14 05-01-2017 08:54 AM
Want to Buy: Low rust or rust free bed. -NoVA GreaseMonkey01 Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 8 04-23-2013 07:30 PM
Rust under the truck but no rust on body, bad? BIG45-70 General Ford Ranger Discussion 8 12-13-2010 09:47 AM
rust spot on door big-blue-oval General Ford Ranger Discussion 1 09-24-2010 09:52 AM
Rust hiding under wiper arm panel, and by the door hinges swoopkev Exterior Semi-Tech 0 07-25-2010 09:47 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:00 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.