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Old 07-26-2008, 07:25   #1 (permalink)
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Hello forum, I recently purchased a 2008 Escape because I needed cheap, reliable 4x4 service that would be under warranty for the next few years. Soon after the purchase I noticed there was a rusty bolt located at the top of the sill of the hatchback. While in for unrelated service at the dealer they fixed that for me.

Since then (I've had the Escape for 3 months now) I've noticed both rear brake housings are rusted, as is the entire length of the driveshaft. Is this at all normal?!? I traded my 2000 Jetta for this SUV and it had less rust after 7 years.

Other than this issue, I'm quite happy with the Escape. Would love to hear from other Escape/Ford owners...thanks!

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Old 08-06-2008, 12:23   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2008 Escape - RUST!

I've rarely seen a drum brake housing that didn't develop surface rust, regardless of the manufacturer. Take off the wheel, mask everything except for the drum housing, and spray it with high-temp enamel.

As for the driveshaft, I think they all develop surface rust as well. You could also try to paint that, although it might be a little difficult, and if you don't cover it evenly on all sides, you may cause an out-of-balance vibration with it.

I had my 2005 Escape for three years, and the driveshaft never rusted any more than what I saw when it was only a few months old. I wouldn't worry about it myself.

Good luck... I really like the new Escapes!
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