Jumat, 01 Juni 2012

[Sidekicks and Trackers ] Re: Front Cross Member Rust out

 

I will get pictures in a few days.
The rear cross member actually looks great and the front cross
member appearred to have rusted from the inside out. My Tracker
has never been in salt water, I have owned it since new (July 1990)
but they do use salt on the roads during the winter, guess spin off
from the front tires.

I recently bolted and welded a 5 foot piece of C-Channel, 1/4 inch
to the passenger side frame due to it rusting out in 3 to 4 places
in the middle. The driver side frame had a 3 inch area rusting out
on the bottom of the tube frame, welded in a 1 foot section of angled
steel.

Dennis...

--- In sidekicksandtrackers@yahoogroups.com, unclekent <no_reply@...> wrote:
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> Dennis -
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> Wow! I had the front cross member rust out on my 2000 Tracker. I also have a 1994 Tracker and figured that would not happen on that vehicle as it does not look like water could get inside of the cross member. Did the cross member on your 1990 Tracker rust from the inside or the outside? I guess after 20 years of exposure to salt brine anything can happen. I suppose it attacked the welds. Better keep that area well painted. Do you have any photos you could post? Replacing the cross member which is welded to the frame on the 1989-1998 Trackers would be much more difficult than on the 1999-2005 Trackers where it is simply bolted onto the frame. GM covered the cost of replacement on my 2000 Tracker when it was 11 years old.
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> - Kent
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> --- In sidekicksandtrackers@yahoogroups.com, "bufbooth" <bufbooth@> wrote:
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> > I think I finally found my front tire wobble issue, I originally thought it was a leaking strut and after replacing that I had thought it was a bad tire, ball joint, or wheel bearing going out and had planned to replace all three, ordered most of the parts, just have not yet done the work. I noticed that the raditor was a bit loose and after looking at it found that the raditor support was rusted out at the bottom and found that the front cross member was rusted though in three places, one was right in the middle (between the two wish bone suspenssion connections) and rusted through where the cross member is welded to the frame, both ends.
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> > I need to find a replacement pipe, remove what is left of the old cross member pipe, and weld the new pipe on (two both parts of the frame and to the two wish bone suspension brackets).
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> > Has anyone done this before, it looks pretty straight forward, just asking to see if anyone ran into any problems doing this.
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> > Thank you,
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> > Dennis...
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