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Today was the day I tore into my truck to do a deep cleaning... I've dont this 2x before, first was before winter in MN and then 8 months later back in Cali to clean it all out. That was in 2015. So now 6 years later, time to do it again. So much gunk came out (see pics) this time around, but now that it is under way I will continue to sleep easy (maybe) knowing my truck is less likely to rust out in the typical spots. I will take photos and describe the process for those interested in doing it themselves. I break it up into 3 parts, front, cab and bed. The front is actually pretty quick, the cab and bed take longer.

Day one, the tailgate and passenger side of the bed. (Note that the drivers side will be the same so I will not take pics of the work)

Day two will be the other side of the bed and possibly into the cab.

Day three will be on the front 1/3 of the truck.

Use Purple Power or Castrol Super Clean as needed to break up gunk you cant get to. I had neither this time (did not think about it before starting) so I used simple green. No where near as effective as the other two but it is better than nothing.

The tailgate:

Remove the tailgate cover to expose the drain holes that allow water to roll down to the bottom of the tail gate.



The large holes heare allow you to take a hose & sprayer and get farther down into the tailgate



Here are the drain holes that your ensuring are clean. I used a lot of water in there and a lot of gunk came out. Flushed it until it came out clean.



Remove the tail light



It is real difficult to see in this pic as there is no access to get a camera in there for a good shot. If you look at the flashlight illumination on the right side of the pic and follw it down to the seam just above the middle of the pic, that is where you want to clean out as much gunk as possible. That is the source of the rusted out wheel arches on truck beds (and fenders).






Looking down the tail light opening, clean it as best as you can




This is looking up from underneath near the cab/bed junction. The hose you see in the upper left is the drain from the tonneau cover box. All that gunk comes out.




Not sure whre this is but... it is clean now. That is the flashlight illuminating the area... could not get the led shop light in there. Judging from the fastener clip I see, I will bet the plastic fender liner is just behind the support bar. I pull the liner out in a bit.



Great pic of the garbage that is up in there...



Captured the water draining off the truck, here's a peak.




One of my go-to tools for removing screws in tight spaces. None on this job but still like using it.




Wheel liner, all kinds of gunk behind there. Once it is removed, wipe down the mating surfaces on the liner and the fender lip












Clean all of this, spray it with degreaser, let it soak then rinse.



 

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shameless plug for Merril... was probably taking a nap...




Clean





Semi Clean, should wipe it down next time I work on it




Not clean yet...









Then I sacraficed my dusting brush to try to get back above that lip I mentioned where the rust ends up starting from.




About as clean as I can expect to get it






Dont forget tha back side of the tailgate cover, gunk can get in the seam...







Clean off the fender liner lip. on the right side of the lip, you can see where I wiped it down, left the left side dirty for comaprison.



Re-assemble and your done!

And that concludes Day 1!
 

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I did some tailgate maintenance some months back; used lots of light spray oil and mechanism cycling. Now it's a one finger job to open the tailgate latch. I pulled one front fender liner out and loads of pine needles and dirt needed to be cleaned out. Still need to do the other side. Great write-up and pictures.
 

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I did some tailgate maintenance some months back; used lots of light spray oil and mechanism cycling. Now it's a one finger job to open the tailgate latch. I pulled one front fender liner out and loads of pine needles and dirt needed to be cleaned out. Still need to do the other side. Great write-up and pictures.
dont forget the cab... there is body tape along the bottom rocker panel, peel it off and clean that out as best as you can. Once your done with it, clean the opening areas with alcohol then use Gorilla tape to cover the openings back up, it will last several years before needing to be replaced
 
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I spotted the tape pieces. I'll poke up into the drains at the bottom. Drains look clean from the outside. I bought some Duck Tape Max Extreme Weather a few months ago at Walmart, and it should work well. I used it a couple months ago on a slide in camper tie down chain and drove through what seemed like a hurricane in Louisiana, and it had no problems. Thanks for comment.

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Chrysler and those inner rocker panel holes... siiiighhhh

Way back in 2004, trucks randomly came with rubber plugs or some cheap tape over those holes or nothing.

My 2004 came with cheap tape. Guys, including myself were ordering up the proper rubber plugs from Chrysler and installing them.
They were cheap and readily available.
They are likely long discontinued.

I would recommend cruising your local self-serve auto wrecker and pick up some of those rubber plugs.
There are tons of 2002-08 Ram 1500's at our local Pick n pulls.
The rubber plugs are going to be old and dirty but I would clean them up and install those in the rocker panel holes rather than taping over the holes.
 
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I spotted the tape pieces. I'll poke up into the drains at the bottom. Drains look clean from the outside. I bought some Duck Tape Max Extreme Weather a few months ago at Walmart, and it should work well. I used it a couple months ago on a slide in camper tie down chain and drove through what seemed like a hurricane in Louisiana, and it had no problems. Thanks for comment.

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have you looked above your rear wheels behind the tail lights yet? <cringe> I could not believe how much garbage came out of mine. Once I saw that I knew the deep cleaning would be done again. while I have no set time table for doing it, its been 6 years since I did it last, and I think that was too long. Maybe every 3?? IDK, but the truck is going to last me to the end, as long as it does not get taken out in an accident...
 
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have you looked above your rear wheels behind the tail lights yet? <cringe> I could not believe how much garbage came out of mine. Once I saw that I knew the deep cleaning would be done again. while I have no set time table for doing it, its been 6 years since I did it last, and I think that was too long. Maybe every 3?? IDK, but the truck is going to last me to the end, as long as it does not get taken out in an accident...

I can't recall, do you have the full rear wheel well plastic liners installed?

That was another Chrysler fail with the 3rd Gens. We had to purchase the full rear wheel well plastic liners from the dealer also.
Luckily way back then, they were not expensive and readily available.
 

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I can't recall, do you have the full rear wheel well plastic liners installed?

That was another Chrysler fail with the 3rd Gens. We had to purchase the full rear wheel well plastic liners from the dealer also.
Luckily way back then, they were not expensive and readily available.
Yes, and crap still gets up there... they have been installed since something like 2007~8. What they also do is get behind the liner and fender... there is a pic up there in #1 that shows it
 
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