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Know Your Car Basics 101: Destroying Bad Rust Brake Hubs

Car Hub DIY Rust

If there is one thing that I hate is finding heavy rust in my car…

What makes it worse is the fact that the rust is creeping on a part which was recently changed. This is a rear-wheel hub that was changed a couple of months ago when a faulty wheel bearing damaged the original hub.

The guy at the shop recommended changing the whole hub because it was not safe to continue to use the old damaged hub (it was so bad that the right rear wheel was wobbling). Considering safety, I agreed but I did not know that this shop decided on quick bucks by using a used locally made hub. After a couple of months, it started to rust heavily – I got screwed by the shop using cheap quality parts.

Drum Brake Hub Rust

So, today I decided to do something about it – I do not want to spend another RM300 buying a new hub. I had a can of rust-fighting paint lying in my storeroom for some time now. So, the first thing to do was to sand-paper the rust off and my brother helped out on this one.

Rust Unrust Paint Drum Brake Hub

Then with a little bit of anti-rust car shampoo, we washed the rust & oil residue, getting the clean hub ready for paint.

Rust Unrust Paint

The paint looked metallic when the can was opened, allowed it to be applied directly onto the rust. I wished I had bought a bright red, that would have looked really sporty.

Rust Unrust Paint

Once painted, the rust was gone; the hub was covered with rust-resistant paint, extending the hub life a bit longer. It takes less than 15 minutes for the paint to dry up leaving a smooth surface.

Rust Unrust Paint Drum Brake Hub

Now, what is left is to continue to monitor the performance of the paint.


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