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I just noticed today that the screws for the lights (which illuminate my rear license plate) are rusting and discoloring the plastic coating in front of the lights.

Has anyone else had this happen? Ok, maybe I'm a bit picky but I will probably get it fixed none the less.
 

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I know this probably sounds a bit over the top, but when I get a new car, I go all around it and coat any exposed fasteners with a bit of Rust Stop™. I use a small artist's brush and just coat the fastener. The stuff dries clear if there is no corrosion and will keep those cadmium plated screws and bolts from rusting for a long time.

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I know this probably sounds a bit over the top, but when I get a new car, I go all around it and coat any exposed fasteners with a bit of Rust Stop. I use a small artist's brush and just coat the fastener. The stuff dries clear if there is no corrosion and will keep those cadmium plated screws and bolts from rusting for a long time.

Jim
Thanks for the tip Jim, I might try that.
 

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...that "rusting" should be covered under these "Limited Warranty" items:

New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Sheet Metal:
Corrosion coverage is for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Rust-through coverage is for the first 6 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

...so, it might come down to whether they call it corrosion or rust-through.
 

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...looks sorta like the wrong screws (ie: non-galvanized or non-plated) were used.
 

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Wow I should check mine, if the dealer starts saying thats not a big deal and to just ignore it tell them your concerned about the rust running down onto your chrome and paint and destroying your clearcoat and paint job. Or you could just replace those screws yourself.
 

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...whatever you do, do NOT simply "paint over" those rusty screws as they sit, entombing the rust under whatever 'sealant' you use (Rust-Stop™, etc.), because if you do, they're rust-in-place and you'll never be able to remove them (should a lamp burn out) without dynamite.
 

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...that "rusting" should be covered under these "Limited Warranty" items:

New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Sheet Metal:
Corrosion coverage is for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Rust-through coverage is for the first 6 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

...so, it might come down to whether they call it corrosion or rust-through.
Also, "Sheet Metal" vs. screw/fasteners...
 

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I think I'd back one out, match it and replace them with a SS or galvanized/etc...
 

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...just went and checked the wifes' LTZ and all four screws are bright and shiny, like SS (but I'm not 100% sure).

...of course, this is sandy Arid-Zona, not Snow-land Canada.
 

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...just went and checked the wifes' LTZ and all four screws are bright and shiny, like SS (but I'm not 100% sure).

...of course, this is sandy Arid-Zona, not Snow-land Canada.
Lol.

I think I might give the dealer a call and see if I can book the car in next weekend. I know its nothing and I can replace them myself, but it's under warranty, I might as well take advantage of it.
 

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...I was stationed in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, many, many, many years ago.

...horizontal snow-fall during the winters!
 
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