2002 F350 rotting out

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by supercuts, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,814

    hey, just wondering if my budding and the rare exceptions or if others trucks are less than 10 years old and rotting out. my buddy has a 2002, it was only about 4 years old when the wheel wells started. my is a 2000, the bottom of both doors are rotted and over my wheel wells. the doors have been bad for 2 years, the bed just broke through, the paint bubbled off.

    anyone else suck like us?
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Were they snow removal trucks:drinkup:
  3. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Even if thery were snow trucks, they shouldn't have rusted through especially if there were cleaned up good after pushing. I've got a 99 350 no signs of rust, it doesnt plow but before i bought it the guy was out all the time in the road salt and everything else for work. I have yet to see one rusted through, the worst was on a 99 F350 I looked at for a mow rig, it had 150K and the little rubber piece was missing off the bottom drivers door, it had some slight surface rust, the piece was still intact on passengers side, no rust. I owned a 93 F250 that had been a salt truck, and the rust wasn't anything more than you would expect on a truck like that from this area, cab corners and fenders. The underside, brake lines, brake parts, etc. was a little rought but other than that...
  4. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    I was just talking to my neighbor last week about wheel well rot. His employee's personal truck (Ford) is rotting in the wheel wells. It is not a plow truck. And my neighbor had an 04 F350 that did the same thing just before he sold it. I checked mine but there is no signs of rust. I wash the wheel wells and under the truck after every snow storm and try to stay off the roads for a day or 2 with my work truck to let the snow melt wash off some of the salts. The sand up here doesn't help out either. Some towns put so much down during the storms its like sand blasting you lower 1/4 of the truck. Don't forget to wash out the insides of your bumpers too.

  5. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    my 02 f350 has a hole in the outside rear wheel well that you can fit your hand through, and on the other side of the truck the paint is blistering and has water inside those blisters, my running boards have holes in the corners, when i bought it from the dealer last year it was pristene i dont kno how that happened so fast
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    ya know you have a rust warraty...it should still be in tact...
  7. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    We have both a 2000 F350 7.3l (my son's personal truck) and a 2001 F550, 7.3l. Both are used for snow removal. The only signs of rust that I can from under the truck are a few of the areas where the bed attaches to the frame.

  8. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,814

    they are both beyond the 5yr/100K warentee. they are both plow trucks. both bought used, one was a VT the other NH. both heavily salted states. never buying a truck from up north again.it was only 2 1/5 years old when i got it, the plow didnt go on until 04-05 winter. my buddies didnt go on until last year.
  9. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,414

    If you perform normal washing maintenance, serious rot in under 8-10 years is extreme. Snowplowing vehicles are a different story.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Might be a bit to late but what about some fluid film sprayed on the under frame and chassis of them. I did this to my 94 and have not had much rust progression since I bought the truck 1.5 years ago.

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