External hinges on PVS and other vehicles. A wee guide.

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  1. Charlie

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    Anyone who has a PVC or a van with those cast external hinges beware !

    These hinges can and often will corrode. They do not rust as such but they can corrode and in turn shed the paint off them. This will look unsightly !

    In the business we have umpteen Transit vans. All of them have this type of hinge. Some of them have corroded and look awful. Some have not.

    As some of you know our van is a PVC on the Peugeot Boxer which is the same as the Citroen and the Fiat. All share the same cast hinges.

    On my van I have taken a very simple step to prevent the onset of corrosion. So simple its daft but hey thats a bonus !

    I have quite simply taken a very soft small brush and painted the hinges with car wax. In my case Colinite. I brushed it on liberally and have left it . I will not polish or towel it just leave it alone. Because the surface of the hinges is not smooth its not visible so looks just fine.

    I actually did my ones last year but when washing the van this morning saw how intact the wax remains and how it sheds water instantly.

    A two minute job that might just save corrosion setting in and causing that unsightly appearance !

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    Not wanting to hijack Charles post but whilst having a go at the hinges it would be a good idea to treat the mirror bolt that is just above the hinge (X250 and later) why on earth they don't fit a stainless bolt is beyond me
     
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    Im sat here thinking which bolt ?
     
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    It's a torqxe drive bolt just above the top hinges on the inside of the door. I will take a photo the next time I am valeting a relevant van.
     
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    Ahhh right.. I was talking about the exposed hinges on the rear doors. I will look at that bol you mention ! (y)(y)
     
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