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    Some pix of my stabilizer piston after being tented over with brand new quality tarp this winter. Plenty of ventilation and no direct rain/snow could get on it or the other side. One side rusted, other did not.

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    I guess that FEL nitride coated piston business is too good to use on BH pistons also? Absolutely should not happen to any hydraulic piston in this price range! Harbor Freight maybe, John Deere never! I think they have some foreign outsourcing quality control problems.
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    It looks like bad chrome plating. I'd ask the dealer to replace the piston rod under warranty.

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    That sucks and you may be able to get the dealer to pay for it but if not and you just want to clean up the rust I hear aluminum foil and water does a good job. Ball up the foil and spritz with the water and rub on rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    It looks like bad chrome plating. I'd ask the dealer to replace the piston rod under warranty.

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    There'll be a mushroom cloud around here if it isn't replaced under warranty!

    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    That sucks and you may be able to get the dealer to pay for it but if not and you just want to clean up the rust I hear aluminum foil and water does a good job. Ball up the foil and spritz with the water and rub on rust.
    Somebody's been watching Rick Dale's tips, eh? The remaining pits will eat up the seals. One way or another it's going to be a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    There'll be a mushroom cloud around here if it isn't replaced under warranty!



    Somebody's been watching Rick Dale's tips, eh? The remaining pits will eat up the seals. One way or another it's going to be a new one.
    I did see it on there a couple of months ago but I think I picked it up from a car repair show years before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    That sucks and you may be able to get the dealer to pay for it but if not and you just want to clean up the rust I hear aluminum foil and water does a good job. Ball up the foil and spritz with the water and rub on rust.
    Never heard that before, interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Some pix of my stabilizer piston after being tented over with brand new quality tarp this winter. Plenty of ventilation and no direct rain/snow could get on it or the other side. One side rusted, other did not.

    I guess that FEL nitride coated piston business is too good to use on BH pistons also? Absolutely should not happen to any hydraulic piston in this price range! Harbor Freight maybe, John Deere never! I think they have some foreign outsourcing quality control problems.
    Fluid Film is your friend.
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    That will take a lot of life out of the ram seals even when the rust is removed. Most likely if the rust is cleaned off before retracting the rams the seals will probably still last a good while although with a shortened life span.

    You are spot on Gizmo, a dry extended hydraulic ram is always susceptible to rust. Anytime a piece of equipment is stored the best way to avoid rusty rams and torn seals is to retract any rams possible. Rams which must be left extended lout should be lubricated on the exposed ram surface to protect it from the air. Covered or not, the air, humidity and elements love to unleash the rust monster on our equipment.

    That being said, I am as bad as the next person on protecting my equipment. I have a steel shop building to house my "toys" as my wife calls them. Even with my "equipment", my preferred word, stored in the shop, the humidity in my area causes all kinds of issues in my shop since it is not climate controlled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultrapile View Post
    That being said, I am as bad as the next person on protecting my equipment. I have a steel shop building to house my "toys" as my wife calls them. Even with my "equipment", my preferred word, stored in the shop, the humidity in my area causes all kinds of issues in my shop since it is not climate controlled.
    Same here. Sometimes I think our equipment would be better off outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Fluid Film is your friend.
    Howzat stuff react to the seal material? I read some time ago that Vaseline was the choice stuff for protecting pistons, it's inert with the seals. (I should have remembered that BEFORE winter storage!)

    I'm going to leave the stuff as it is and not use it until the driver comes to get the machine. I want some "official" eyes on in addition to the pix for the dealer.
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