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Old 07-05-2019, 08:05 AM #16
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trbaker90 - get it and then prep the frame and coat it with POR-15. You will be good to go
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I would get that fixed, Like others have stated, you don't want that lower control arm bracket coming off.. That would fail PA inspection as rust holes in the frames will not pass.
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LOL you got nothing to worry about. That is no rust.
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Hey guys - noticed quite a bit of rust under my 3rd gen this weekend (2001, 165k miles). No, I didn't wash underneath and no I didn't coat (lesson learned). Sucks because everything else is in good/great condition and wanted to get the car to 200k at least (would be 3+ years...just a to/from work car).

Pics attached - by far the worst area. This is rear passenger side. Everything else is just surface rust.

Two questions:

Is this much rust unsafe to drive? Just passed Virginia safety inspection 3 months ago. Would like to continue to drive to work (8 miles each way, 40 mph tops, no highways) until the new Highlanders come out.

Is there any patch/weld option at this point or not even worth it?

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Wow! lot of rust there. Bossman, are you in the northern rust belt - NY, Boston?

I'd spray it with Corrosion X. It will turn it black and stop further rust and not wash away. https://www.amazon.com/Corrosion-X-C...gateway&sr=8-1

I have SR5 2005 with rust on the cross bar under the radiator. I knocked off a few rust flakes and sprayed it (I used the Corrosion X squeeze bottle - not aerosol can), and the color changed to a "black" from the Corrosion X. Seems to have helped.

The rest of my runner underbody is basically rust free.

2005 SR5 145,000 miles

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Looking into buying this 2008 4wd runner with 140,000 miles (priced at $12k). Interior is spotless and there is barely even a scratch on the outside. The only con is this car is from Pennsylvania and the car is rusted. These pictures aren't great, but does this look like I might be able to drive this vehicle for 4+ years or will the rust be too much of a hassle in the long run.

(Just realized this is a 3rd gen form, but any help at all would be appreciated)
Doesn't look too bad to me. Surface rust try corrosion X. Bring a mechanic with you next time you view the 12 year old 2008 4runner.
https://www.amazon.com/Corrosion-X-C...ct_top?ie=UTF8

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Totally fixable! As I tell customers with rusty frames, especially rusted out unibody vehicles like a Ford Taurus with no rocker panels under those plastic covers, it's not going to break in half driving down the road, but it will probably fail catastrophically in a bad accident. As you can see in the photo I attached, even though this frame is totally wiped out, the LCA mount is still supporting the weight of this 4Runner on the lift. It's ok to drive for a while, but get it fixed. Once they start to go they get worse quick.
This one looks like the frame on my 98 limited parts mobile.... Its that bad or worse. Still holding together yet.
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