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Rust Module Question

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I was wondering if anybody else had a dealership installed rust module, and whether this gimic actually works. The dealer included a rust module with my car as a bonus when I bought it, and I'm wondering whether I should trust it or rust proof anyway. Thanks

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It is a money making gimmick that dealers have been using for decades. Modern vehicle manufacturing has rust proofing built into the process of the paint and metal work.
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Did they say it was made of zinc? I've never heard of this as an option to the car, but I always say no to all the extras anyway, I won't even listen. Ultimately I sign a piece of paper saying I am waiving the opportunity to pay for all these benefits the dealer is offering.
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They threw it in for free so I didn't really ask any questions. They guarantee the car to be rust free for life if the rust module is installed, and that they will fix any rust spots IF they do happen. I honestly would like to prevent rusting in the first place, even if the repair is free, which is why I'm asking if these things work lol

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they are pure junk. and it wasn't "free" , somebody got paid somewhere for it out of your pocket.
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i never heard of a rust module, what does it do, ionizes the metal or something?

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Sounds like a sacrificial anode or similar; they work well for water heaters and boats. I just don't see how it is going to help a Mustang, or any other car or truck for that matter.
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they are pure junk. and it wasn't "free" , somebody got paid somewhere for it out of your pocket.
It didn't appear anywhere on the invoice. I paid the same amount for my mustang plus rust module as someone else paid for their mustang minus rust module. I spun a wheel, it landed on "rust module" and they installed it. Free.

On a related topic, do people find that an underbody spray before winter is worth it? Or does rust eventually show up anyway?

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I wonder how much it weighs....probably slows you down.
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I wonder how much it weighs....probably slows you down.
Its the size of a juice box, so probably less then a pound. But that's okay, I'll just take my pants and shoes off before I get in the car and that will make up for the excess weight

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car has a 5 year corrosion warranty, i'd worry about an underspray later on

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Since you live up north, alittle undercoating would not hurt! I would if I lived up there.

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I'm getting mine undercoated tomorrow. Rust starts immediately on certain things under there (anything not painted, and anywhere plastic clips scratch the surface off like the lines and such)

Just be careful to get a shop to do it that uses the proper stuff. A lot of the cheap sprays will cause ALL the rubber seals to swell and expand.

I'm getting Ziebart to do mine, with their 'sound shield' coating as well.



as for the module, they're getting away from the typical 'sacrificial anode' type, as those only work on something that's submerged in salt water all the time.. the theory behind the new ones is that it reacts with the zinc plating if you get a scratch and eats that away instead of forming rust on the steel. sort of turns the galvanizing into a sacrificial anode.... but still, the only thing that actually works in the box is the flashing LED. until that fails.
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Hey matthewr87, I work at a dealership and I sell these things all the time.

There are studies and evidence that back these things up. The model that we sell comes with a 6 year warranty against "surface rust". Keep in mind that Ford Canada only covers you for 5/unlimited against "perforation rust". The panel has to rust from the inside out and you have to stick your finger through it before Ford even considers it defective. This almost never happens!! The company that we deal with will pay out warranty claims if it should rust on the SURFACE, which is where it is most likely to occur. Keep in mind that Modules and sprays are "inhibitors".... Nothing is 100%. Keep the vehicle clean and salt free.

I have one installed in my Mustang and I have also undercoated and sprayed the body panels. Yes, I am that Paranoid!

Bottom line is that you didn't pay for it AND you probably have a surface rust warranty for at least 6 years...way beyond what Ford offers. The value is there as long as you don't pay too much. Also, if you have to do "inspections" make sure you do them, as that is the company's "OUT" for warranty claims. This is very important!!!!

Don't sweat the rust and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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i wash mine 2-3 times a week so i guess i dont have to worry about it too much

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