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Mazda MPV, Auto Body, Van
Jul 24, 2003 (5:43 am)
doesn't usually come up right away, if that's what this is.
It takes a few weeks or months, depending on the climate, to show up as rusted metal particles.
Jul 24, 2003 (6:35 am)
Sounds like RD to me, too. It fits the description perfectly.
#10 of 17 Rail Dust and Location
Jul 24, 2003 (6:50 am)
I too am from New England and can honestly say that my MPV has no rust. I drove it in the snow and everything. I'm betting it's Rail Dust.
I'm going to keep an eye on my MPV.
Jul 24, 2003 (2:17 pm)
Mazda dealers have a TSB describing how to fix this problem. Basically it involves a multi-step "decontamination" wash followed by an application of a polymer sealant (like a real durable car wax).
I don't have the TSB # but its from Aug '99 and called something like "Mazda Paint Damage - Iron Particle Fallout Removal"
Ford and Hyundai also have similar TSB's.
Jul 24, 2003 (6:00 pm)
Thanks for the link.
Ahhh, good ol' Valugard. Anyone can order the 3 step system (aka ABC system) if they want to tackle this job themselves. For more info check out http://www.autoint.com
Jul 24, 2003 (6:22 pm)
After reading the instructions, I sure hope that the dealer puts his best person on this job!
#15 of 17 great info
Jul 24, 2003 (8:01 pm)
I'm glad this chat was created...you never know how many of us may develop these same symptoms!
I can't wait to hear if it turns out that the problem is indeed rail dust.
Jul 25, 2003 (5:50 am)
Thank you again for all the responses. I am even more hopeful now because, with the exception of the small strip connecting the bumper to the body, all the tiny rust colored spots are inside the doors on the lowest horizontal strip of the body where dealer prep would not have washed/buffed them off. With all the doors shut, you can't see anything. It makes sense that metal particles could have been blown up inside the doors during transit or against the frame before the doors were attached. I should also tell you that the van is white or I might never have noticed it. The van is still away on the camping trip. I won't get a chance to look at it again until 7/27/03. I'll let everyone know asap. Thanks again!