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    DIY - Looking good for the long haul! (Rust protection front/rear wheel well areas)

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    -- this thread is part of a DIY series:
    1. DIY - Rust protection front/rear wheel well areas
    2. DIY - Rust protection front/rear doors
    3. DIY - Rust protection for the rear hatch
    4. DIY - Rust protection for the inner rear quarters

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    Greetings Mirage owners!

    The following do-it-yourself article may be especially useful if you are one of the following:

    - A Mirage owner that gives their car at least one or two last looks before going into a store...
    - A Mirage owner that in secrecy has entertained the thought on hugging their new love!
    - A Mirage owner that is in this for the long haul and wants to keep "Baby Cakes" looking good for a long, long, time!

    The Mirage comes with an excellent warranty especially on the body - period. This should have captured the eyes of those living in the rust belt areas. As good as the warranty is though, taking a closer look at the wheel well areas on a brand new car does show room for improvement.

    The focus of this two-part series will be the front and rear wheel-well areas. Even if you are not a do-it-yourselfer, please read on as you may find it of interest.

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    What follows is the removal of the rear wheels to get a better look at what we're dealing with. The procedures for this write-up will be general and probably not all-inclusive so if in doubt about anything, ask questions or do a little research before you get in a pickle or something more serious. In the same way there are those who should never carry anything sharper than a nerf ball, there are those that should never attempt a hands-on repair to an automobile. Going one step further, please consider this writeup for entertainment purposes only - I assume no liability - CrazyJerry

    Moving on - Let's look at the rear first!

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    153 miles - Do you see what I see?
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    What you're seeing hiding behind the alloy wheel is rust on a new brake drum. Give yours a look-over when you get a free second.



    This is not exclusive to Mirage and sometime when you're bored, scan the local dealerships and you'll see what I mean. Also, do not be discouraged! This is a wonderful opportunity to do something great for your car when it's still relatively clean and the time spent should be minimal.

    To get a better look at the problem the rear wheels must be removed. For factory alloy wheels, A 1/2 drive 13/16 socket will fit both the lug nuts and the hex head for the anti-theft lug nut socket. You could also use the factory tire iron. In fact, just for laughs you may wish to try this first just to simulate a scenario where you might have to change a tire on the roadside. I'm glad I did because although the anti-theft lug nut loosened easily, a few of the others did not. Literally standing on the tire iron and bouncing like a pre-olympic spring board dive would not crack them loose!!! They weren't corroded - just amazingly tight!



    At some point you will be victorious just cracking the lugnuts (a viking wail would be in oder at this time) and then you can raise the rear and remove the lugs the rest of the way and then the wheels.

    ** Raise the rear wheel(s) off the ground in a safe manner.





    With the rear wheel(s) off the view is much clearer:



    While you're in the exploratory stages, take a look at the area of the wheel that contacts that rusty drum:



    At this early stage (153 miles) these cosmetic issues are very easily fixed! If left for an extended period of time (like years) they will likely be more than just surface scars.

    For the brake drum, I used a standard putty knife to scrape away the rust around the wheel studs, and a gray scratch pad to cleanup the finer residual. The gray scratchpad with gentle pressure also worked well on the wheel-drum contact area.





    A final wipe with a rag and some surface cleaner removed the remaining rust-dust.

    Proceeding with my concourse restoration, I masked off the wheel studs with some "blue tape" like you'd find at the big box home improvement stores near you. This would ensure no paint would get on the threads while painting the brake drum.



    In the past I've had good luck with some of the newer "rattle cans" of paint. For this job the drums got three decent coats:


    It was a great day and the paint was pretty much dry in 40 minutes:


    But, we're not done just yet... Imagine for a moment you are the brake drum, you've just been cleaned and painted, and life is grand! Then you look straight-up:



    Here's another view:


    In short, the undercoating in the wheel well does not extend all the way out to the outer edge. Is yours like this too? In fact, look at the rear axle, springs, and quite frankly everything and see what is and is not undercoated. Where we live (Northern, NY) you want it undercoated or it will rust. This is why we spend more on cars in our lifetime than our houses!

    For the rear I got 4 cans of 3M "Professional Grade" (whatever) undercoating. It sprays very nice, and you'd have to be half asleep in one spot to get it to run and glop to the ground. Everything that wasn't breathing got blasted.





    It's always nice to have a little help. She may be only 15lbs but has a 200lb attitude! In three months toothless love-child will be 18 years old. Say hello to Dottie who always find her way into the photo shoot:



    In this photo both the rear and the front are looking at you:



    Torque lug nuts to proper torque. (Minimum here at 65Ft/lbs)

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    Up next: We will tackle the front wheel wells!
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    ~CrazyJerry

    P.S. Working hard for a free window forum sticker!



    Last edited by CrazyJerry; 07-28-2014 at 03:33 AM. Reason: added torque specs

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    Good looking dog . Mirage isn't so bad as well . Thanks for the photos of your project and nicely done .

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    Thanks cinder. In my 5 decades on the planet, I've had 50 cars but never a new one. Costing twice as much as my house I'm going to take really good care of it too! Should be quite a ride. Have a good evening!

    ~CrazyJerry

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    P.S. Working hard for a free window forum sticker!
    You earned one right there!

    And what's the story of the white stripe? I like it.

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    Very nice write up. Thanks!

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but drum brakes are left without a finish to maximize heat dissipation. Painting them reduces that capability significantly.

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    Rear drums do little more than serve as a mounting surface for the rear wheels. If you're ever heating up your rear drums to any significant degree, release the parking brake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerc View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but drum brakes are left without a finish to maximize heat dissipation. Painting them reduces that capability significantly.
    Although this is correct, the use of rear brake (at least for our cars) is very limited. You have to be doing some real spirited driving for the ECU to lock the rears (for stability). But if you are doing some spirited driving, you will probably turn those off anyway.

    With that said, the only time the rears are really used is for park/handbrake.

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    The other day I saw those rust spot on my drums. I'll do the same job in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daox View Post
    Very nice write up. Thanks!
    You're very welcome and thank you for the kind words!
    I hope it will be of use to other Mirage owners too!
    ~CrazyJerry



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