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Old 20th October 2010, 12:30   #1
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Exclamation Urgent help needed: Rust at Santro's steering column joint underneath the dashboard

My santro has of late started to develop a peculiar rust at a rod which is connected to the steering wheel and can be seen from underneath the dashboard. Its there since the past many days but it hasn't caused any problems till now. Though, the visible rust increased today.
The car was not driven in waterlogged roads when rains lashed delhi nor water entered the interior when it was parked in rainy season.

Is it a cause for worry and should the part be replaced? Or will the entire steering column will ask for replacement? I haven't talked to the Hyundai service station till now.

Experts, what do you say on this?
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Old 20th October 2010, 12:52   #2
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Spray WD40 on the rod and get rid of the rust - apply vaseline on it - it does not look that bad.

take care and drive safe.
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Old 20th October 2010, 15:35   #3
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If WD40 does not work use a fine emery paper (no.320 or above) and just rub it off. Alternative to vaseline you can rub grease on the rod - will last longer than (thin) vaseline
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Does this part ever changed ? can't rule out a poor quality/counterfeit one .
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If that part (just that rusted rod) can be changed - i'd recommend changing it.
Shouldnt cost too much and neither is the replacement a complex job (almost looks a DIY )

Cost wise it should be much different than sparying WD40 on it.

Rest of the stuff around it looks to be okay so far.
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Sid, I think the part you are refering to is called a Intermediate shaft/Steering shft. I am not sure if H.A.S.S will be selling this part separately. From the photo it looks like the rusting is superficial only, so liberal use of WD40 spray with greasing should stop / slow down the rusting rate. I dont think you have to loose your sleep over this.
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Find out if this is OE stuff. Was this item ever replaced?
Take out steering connecting linkage, sand it clean, primer it and paint it and refit it. This is the only permanent and clean solution.
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Sid,
That is a solid steel rod. It will take eons to rust 'through and through'. When you have time, like the others have said, and only if you feel like, sandpaper it, and apply a coat of paint.
Just as a weekend time pass.
Nothing will happen to it if you leave it as it is.
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I'd get a steelwool and a low grit sand paper and remove the rust and then polish it out using a metal polish,

then use a sealant/ wax to protect from further corrosion!

and some WD-40 or a spray grease on the joints
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Old 20th October 2010, 20:54   #10
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Thats the factory part, never replaced. It was worrying me, so asked about it. HASS also said that its nothing to worry about when I called my service advisor on phone.
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