Red Dust

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 19:50
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Hi all, my first post :-)
I am about to purchase a toyota hilux, runs great etc etc
but it has red dust from the NT on it here and there.
Other than the red stain does it eat away at the vehicle like rust ?
or do any damage?
thanks
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:19

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:19
No mate. It wont hurt anything.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:30

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 20:30
check owner records to see if it is an ex-mine vehicle if so, probably flogged, under serviced, mineral rust tearing it apart where you can't see and generally a 50/50 if it lasts buy. If not, probably a bargain. What year? Turn the back seat down and if 1998 - 2004 there should be a two black rubber plugs at both corners, lift up, under should identify where it's been it's life unless the owner had stuck a dyson down there.
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Reply By: troopyman - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 21:18

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 21:18
Take a rear tail light out and look in the cavity and you can tell if its travelled on bulldust . Also to check for sand check a front blinker assembly by looking at the bulb for rust on it and insiide the assembly for sand .
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Reply By: Brandon - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 22:07

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 22:07
Thanks for the reply all, its a 2002, 85,000K on clock.The origninal owner purchased it in sydney.. The paint is good and still white.
I can see some red dust in the head lights and a bit under the chassis and on the ladder rack bit on the front. I though it was rust at first then the dealer told me it had been driven from Sydney up to Qld, out west and up to the territory and back.
It Has all the service records etc. I rubbed the bit on the ladder rack and it turned my finger red.
It is nice to drive and very smooth.
I have signed for the vehicle and pick it up Monday. They will detail it but said they cannot guarantee all the red dust would come off.

I was just concerned about the dust causing any long term damage.
Ie Rust.
thanks again all :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin J (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 22:20

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 22:20
100kms on the dust roads is enough to ensure that there will be red dust in all the corners and crevices BUT there should not be much sign on the inside.
About half of my mileage has been on the western red roads and even though I have washed and polished several times I can still find red dust behind the rubber seals.

Just think it has cost us hundreds of dollars to get that red. Wear it like a medal.

Kevin J
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