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Old 04-01-2004, 04:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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rusting bumper repair? Also hatch rust.

All,

It's not really a Toyota question, but peole on this forum have been so helpfull in the past I cannot resist.

I have 96 Runner and I noticed 2" crack on the rear bumper's chrome.
Rust bleeds out from the crack and there's rusted stain around it.
I am trying to keep my Runner in a good shape and things like that
upset me ;-(

What can I do to fix it?

Oh BTW, I have some rust showing up on the inside of the bottom part of
the rear hatch, I suspect it's rusting from the inside... Any advice on
fixing that? I thought may be dissasembling the hatch to look inside. Any idea how to do it?


Thanks,
Leon
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Old 04-01-2004, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, chrome doesn't rust. The metal under the chrome is rusting and will continue rusting unless your willing to get a new bumper or have that one rechromed.
Body work I can't help ya at all. Good Luck!
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Old 04-01-2004, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have 96 Runner and I noticed 2" crack on the rear bumper's chrome. Rust bleeds out from the crack and there's rusted stain around it. ... What can I do to fix it?
I had the same thing happen (rear bumper, to about the same extent) on my old '93 Yota pickup warhorse. A little over a year ago I was rear-ended (medium-intensity hit) at a stop light, and it _destroyed_ the bumper... The ol' rusty bar took the entirety of the hit, twisted radically, and literally _tore_ in the middle. Not until it was ripped open did I fully realize how eaten up it had been inside, 'cause from the back / outside and all angles / underneath it looked 'nominal'.

...So my advice -- unless you can prove to yourself it isn't already eaten up inside, replace it.
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