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Old 03-17-2005, 00:14   #1 (permalink)
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2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.

My GF just recently trader her 99 Mustang coupe for a 04 Mustang
convertible with low mileage. I lost something in her car the other day
and I while I was looking around for it, I noticed some rust spots on her
pedal levers. As a reality check, I examined the pedal levers on my 94
Escort. Not a speck of rust. My question: Is the rust any cause for
concern and what could be causing it?

Thanks!

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:14   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.

On 6 Mar 2005 01:19:54 -0000, Max <max@not4mail.net> wrote:

>My GF just recently trader her 99 Mustang coupe for a 04 Mustang
>convertible with low mileage. I lost something in her car the other day
>and I while I was looking around for it, I noticed some rust spots on her
>pedal levers. As a reality check, I examined the pedal levers on my 94
>Escort. Not a speck of rust. My question: Is the rust any cause for
>concern and what could be causing it?
>
>Thanks!



Flood damage is the first thing I'd suspect when there's rust in
places where there usually isn't ...you should look for rust in other
normally non-rusting areas like the metal dash parts and seat
mechanisms.

(More things to look for:
http://www.betterbusinessbureau.net/disaster/auto.asp)

If it just looks like surface rust, there's not much cause for concern
structurally (it could have been a bad day for the robot that coated
it at the factory).
However, if there is rust in other places, there could be some
corrosion in the electricals...which is cause for concern.

Since this is a convertible, it could have been caught in the rain
with the top down and wasn't dried out properly when it was closed (or
the top leaks).

My '97 convertible has some rust specks on the pedal levers, but it
looks harmless...and the car spent the first few years of it's life
near salt water.

Try going back to the dealer and requesting a Carfax report
(especially if you find more rust)...I suspect if a flood/water damage
claim was made, it would show up.
http://www.carfax.com/

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:14   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.

It's a ragtop, coulda rained at one point in it's career while the top
was down. As long as there is no serious rust anywhere else on the car
I wouldn't get excited. Seems there should be at least a coat of paint
on the pedals to prevent such a situation. Is it rusted thru the paint
or are they bare metal??

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:18   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.


"pater" <weavcowinory@aol.com> wrote in message
news:1110077602.057169.97540@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> It's a ragtop, coulda rained at one point in it's career while the top
> was down. As long as there is no serious rust anywhere else on the car
> I wouldn't get excited. Seems there should be at least a coat of paint
> on the pedals to prevent such a situation. Is it rusted thru the paint
> or are they bare metal??


I can't speak about the Mustang directly, however, I did have a problem with
rust on the middle sseat frames of my 2003 Expedition. The parts were
originally coated with some sort of black material (paint?). However, after
a couple of years rust appeared on the parts. Ford replaced the seat frame
parts at no charge. I was told that the coating used was defective. Simialr
third row and front row parts, that orignally looked the same, never rusted.
I assume the supplier screwed up. Could be a similar problem with the
Mustang pedals. I would never have paid to have the Expedition parts
replaced - I know how to paint. However, since it was a warranty issue, I
let Ford handle it. Interstingly, the Expedition's frame is coated with a
black "paint" that looks the same as the seat frames did when new. Despite
being subjected to dirt, road sallt, water, etc, they look like new after a
quick rinsing.

Ed


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Old 03-18-2005, 13:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Re: 2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.

I have a 2003 Convertible, and it has similar problems. I suspect the rust
is due to water and snow buildup when the top's down, or a leaky
convertible top.

I've taken a few example pictures of the car:

http://www.carpictures.com/vehicles/...05CHE220417176

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Old 03-18-2005, 19:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Mustang Convertible: Rust on pedal levers.

On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 15:23:21 -0500, "storeit"
<johnheatherryan@aol.com> wrote:

>I have a 2003 Convertible, and it has similar problems. I suspect the rust
>is due to water and snow buildup when the top's down, or a leaky
>convertible top.
>
>I've taken a few example pictures of the car:
>
>http://www.carpictures.com/vehicles/...05CHE220417176



I had the same on a 96 mustang coup... Windshield not completely
sealed at bottom on drivers side.. Could hear a little wind noise. Not
big enough leak to notice carpet wet..
Chuck
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