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Old 24-07-19, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Rusty bolt after few years in a 308

Hi all,

Have you ever found in your 308 some rust on bolts and engine cover?
I was looking at my friend 308 (a 2014 308 e-HDI) and found the following

https://ibb.co/pRtNDx3
https://ibb.co/nm039mQ
https://ibb.co/Ybm96d6

Well, the car isn't new, he bought it as used one recently, 36k miles over 5 years. Probably was kept outside on the road, but not sure this is just a cosmetic issue or it leads to something more serious.

Thanks for your opinions in advance
LM

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Sorry cant see the pics?
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Sorry cant see the pics?
Strange, I've updated the post with jsut the link to pics.
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ok...can now...perhaps a glitch in the matrix.....anyway....they look like they have had an aggresive engine bay cleaner left on for too long...if it worrys you ..whip one out at a time and spray with some silver spray ..after cleaning them
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Old 24-07-19, 09:15 PM   #5
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Get some phosphoric acid and drop them in for an hour or so. That will clear the rust and leave a rustproof surface. Then spray the heads - and put grease on the threads.
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Hi all,

Have you ever found in your 308 some rust on bolts and engine cover?
I was looking at my friend 308 (a 2014 308 e-HDI) and found the following

https://ibb.co/pRtNDx3
https://ibb.co/nm039mQ
https://ibb.co/Ybm96d6

Well, the car isn't new, he bought it as used one recently, 36k miles over 5 years. Probably was kept outside on the road, but not sure this is just a cosmetic issue or it leads to something more serious.

Thanks for your opinions in advance
LM
if it make's you and you mate feel any better, my 17 plate 308 blue hdi120,has the same,they should have used stainless steel, that would have put the price up, when the bonnet's closed, i tend not to worry about it.
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Old 27-07-19, 11:15 AM   #7
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Just replace the bolts if it bothers you that much. Take them off, go round to a bolt shop and ask for zinc plated. No need for stainless.

Or grab some new ones from pug dealer. Should only be a few quid.

Don't bother with phosphoric acid etc etc, it's unseeded when the bolts are cheap .
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Those bolts get wet every time it rains they always get rusty as for stainless that would be way over the top for a bolt holding some plastic parts on they are not in any way structural or likely to rot away to nothing the wiring will fail before the bolts do

As above paint them if it bothers you
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