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10-29-2012 04:01 PM
leeclukey Great tips. I will be removing the inner shields and following your tips. I use clear Rust-oleum. I noted others recommended dealer mud guards and protecting "u" channel on bottom of front doors. Also intend to wash undercarriage weekly during winter. I have a new 2013 SE and my son has a new 2012 SE so I am just learning the tricks.
09-14-2009 12:40 PM
bluefront Don't know the answer to that....
09-14-2009 11:55 AM
codemonkey What is the corrosion warranty on the Focus'? Is there not certain things that should be covered under that?
08-22-2008 06:32 PM
bluefront That last rust problem....tough one. Sounds like the hatch needs adjustment....either that or the rear bumper got hit and is pushed upward. How to fix? Maybe touch-up the edge where the paint is rubbed.....but it's likely to get rubbed off again. I'd try running a strip of that door edge guard (the clear tape type)......over the bottom edge of the hatch. Plus keep after it....

I've been taking parts off my Focus...just checking for potential rust problem areas. Took the tail lights off today. That's a bad spot on many cars that leaks water into the trunk area. Mine looked pretty good. There's a rubber boot around the wire harness.....but it looked ok. There are three plastic inserts in the body for the attachment. There are seals to keep out the water, but I applied a glob of silicone grease on each insert before I put the things back together. Should be ok....check the wire boot every few years.

Water leaks in the trunk usually end up by the spare tire.....check it frequently. If anything's wet back there find the leak....
08-20-2008 12:07 PM
StealthGray I just found a couple of developing rust spots I need to take care of. For those with hatches - raise the hatch, and look along where the bumper cover fits under the hatch opening, my cover has rubbed the paint off two small spots about eight inches in from each side of the hatch opening. Sorry, no pics right now.
08-14-2008 08:59 PM
1stTimeFocus00 Well what i would of done if i got my car earlier in its years was rustproof everything. My 89 ranger was fully rustproofed and its just chippin and rusting. So yea look at gettin that sheet metal and ur frame rustproofed. I think it comes in spray cans now??
08-14-2008 05:00 PM
bluefront Strange double-post......
08-14-2008 04:52 PM
bluefront It's quite likely that different years/models have different potential rust issues. I took the hatch cover off my '06, but couldn't see any problems, existing or potential.

But I did find an issue with the drain holes (five) on the hatch itself. You don't have to take the cover off to see these holes (two are visible in the photo). These drains are important to prevent rusting. Well....two were clogged with wax, and one was improperly punched out at the factory. I was able to open them all up with a small screw-driver. This chips some paint....a little touch-up paint fixed it. Something to check out...

08-14-2008 01:24 PM
bluefront Hey thanks for that info.....I guess that's the next place to check.
08-14-2008 01:08 PM
trailbikerider Too bad my car wasn't newer than it is. I'm getting rust on my trunk lid right above and below the trim strip where the ford emblem is; common place to rust.
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