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Old 05-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Rust on cams

My mechanic left my cams for M54 out and they look like they got wet. The first half of both camshaft has a very light surface rust forming but the back half of the cams is covered in surface rust. It has not started to pit yet but what do I do? I am so mad right now!!! He greased them when he removed the valve cover, but obviously not enough.

I told him to let them soak overnight in some rust remover and if there was any rust still remaining on the cams to brush it off lightly with WD40 and a green pad. I could have a machine shop look at them, but that won't be cheap, and neither is buying new cams.

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Old 05-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Seems like your mechanic should be on the hook for sending them to a machine shop, no? Who leaves bare metal out to get wet.....?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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It will come off easy. Use the cleaner with steel wool. Its not like they were left out for years lol.
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