Q. I have a 2007 Ford F-250 that I previously used as a plow truck and now just use for trips to the dump. Recently there was a rattling noise under the truck which turned out to be the exhaust. When the truck was on the lift, the mechanic called me into the shop, and I saw that the frame looked like Swiss cheese. The brake lines were all rotted as well. I know the truck is 12 years old, but is this normal? Why didn’t I get any warning?
A. You’re not the only person with a rusted-out Ford pickup truck. The problem with rust is that the vehicle can perform perfectly until it rusts into pieces. The rust we are seeing now is at least partially attributed to the chemicals that are put on the roads to prevent freezing in winter. Periodic inspections would have given you a hint of things to come.
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