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2016 TH rusting after its first winter

I just noticed the other day that my hitch mount is rusting. This is a factory hitch, not aftermarket. Do I have any recourse with the dealership, under warranty, to resolve this and prevent any further damage? I can't believe that it is starting to rust already, after only 1 winter here in New England.
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That should be covered under warranty. Take it in. If that doesn't work try contacting @JeepCares


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Mine did the exact same thing after 2 years of Cleveland, OH winters. Mine was not covered, so I ended up painting it with a product called POR-15 (www.por15.com). I bought a sampler pack which came with a de-greaser, cleaner (metal prep) and gloss black paint. After prepping the surface and painting, the rust has not come back and looks like the day I applied it. The paint turns the rust into an almost porcelain surface and I've had excellent results.

This is my suggestion if it is not covered under warranty...

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I always spray mine with WD-40 a few times a year when the weather is nasty. By and large, I am rust free aside from inside the receiver. I have too many miles of towing on it. But, I keep it at bay.
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Looks pretty normal to me (not that I like it). We do heavy coatings of Fluid Film before every winter....

This was on our JKU, but this is our pre-winter work that I do on every vehicle. http://sevenslotsyndicate.com/blog/d...ep-for-winter/
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We have loads of ice, snow and a ton of salt. I clean out the garage about 3 full times at the end of Winter and during the Spring. I haven't seen that kid of rust and they really salt our roads as we have a massive salt mine just 30 minutes below the ROC metro that serves 7 states and Provence with rock salt from the old South Shores when the glaciers withdrew causing the Finger Lakes and the Great Lakes as well.

You can repair that fairly easy but I wouldn't be happy. I park outside during the Winters and let the wife park her CR-V in the garage. It's both salty and damp in there.

Fine steel wool and your choice of surface covering. I don't tow but have had factory towing on the TH. On the previous WK2 I would get surface rust on the bottom of the engine bay because if the V6 having quite a gap in a space sized for the hemi. Often some rust protects, but I would fix that up. That's definitely not a light rust at all. It's expected inside the towing receiver, which is why many grease up the interior before each Winter.

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I just noticed the other day that my hitch mount is rusting. This is a factory hitch, not aftermarket. Do I have any recourse with the dealership, under warranty, to resolve this and prevent any further damage? I can't believe that it is starting to rust already, after only 1 winter here in New England.
Do you rinse/wash regularly after snow or road treatments?

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I noticed this today. Less than two year ownership. Is rust covered by factory warranty?

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good grief! Try a shot of WD40 and hit it with a small wire brush. Its not like the ass end of your car is falling off.
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Dang. That had me going to look the TH over.

I personally only wash the car in Winter at the spray booths and not frequently as the majority of washes around here that have unlimited or are otherwise really busy reclaim much of their water and while the final rinse is supposed to be fresh, so much salt gets sprayed up from underneath already and this adds to it as the under-spray is far from fresh.

As I park outside, I can at least count on melting snow, a lot which is wet in the beginning and end of Winter to melt cleanly over the outside.

I don't drive loads of miles any more either but do still travel a lot locally. In deep Winter, unless I have to I leave most of it alone. The spray booth when open, gets the undersides and wheels as well as a quick rinse of the engine bay though I pick and choose as the engine keeps running.

I can tell you that each time I clean out the salt from the garage that there is so much crystallized salt near the waste can, the Winter rugs near the door, etc, that I collect what look like walls about and inch or more high around any structure. I always shovel out as much excess salt water as I can during every storm as well.

In our area road salt is specifically excluded by the warranty. We debated this at the dealer, but they said dealerships had been through law suits and the courts for the most part can't hold an automaker liable for road chemicals and hazards. Same goes if you live in an area with coastal salt spray.

It sucks but it's life in the rust belt or ocean areas.


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