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What would cause the metal on this fitting to flak apart?
The pictured fitting is part of one of the two air cylinders that moves the step in and out.  The other cylinder is fine.  I also added a picture of the flaked off metal. 

What's going on?

   
   



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Re: What would cause the metal on this fitting to flak apart?
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Not seeing any pics Larry. 

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pictures

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Re: What would cause the metal on this fitting to flak apart?
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Some sort of corrosion,could it be a cheap chinese replacement?

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Is this on the step or the floor slide in front of the passengers seat? That dose look like corrosion on the cylinder.

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could it be a cheap chinese replacement?

The cylinder is original to the coach.

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Is this on the step or the floor slide in front of the passengers seat?

On the step.  This is a 2004 model. The cylinders are mounted below the step but not...

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So if pinpointing the cause may not be easy, what treatment to the metal that will prevent further flaking?   Simple thing would be to wire brush, then clean and degrease with baking soda, then paint it. 

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Spray some soapy water on the fitting and see if it is leaking. I could be coming from the air desiccant. 

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May be just a bad batch of metal,clean and try some Rust Bullet brush on paint,you can get it on Amazon in a 4 oz. can.

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Spray some soapy water on the fitting and see if it is leaking. I could be coming from the air desiccant. 

My thoughts exactly. 
Larry are the metal flakes magnetic?

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That appears to be intergranular corrosion, often due to the type of alloy metals.

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That appears to be intergranular corrosion, often due to the type of alloy metals.
If the material is stainless steel, I agree.

Stainless steel has a very thin and stable oxide film rich in...

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If it was from the desiccant you would see other problems,the step is the farthest from the air drier.Regardless of what it is it is an
isolated incident,we'll never know exactly why this happened.

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That appears to be intergranular corrosion, often due to the type of alloy metals.

Bingo! Give that man a cigar.  The material is known generically as Die Cast referring both to the process...

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are the metal flakes magnetic?
Yes, but not very much.  The nut next to the fitting is much more magnetic.  The cylinder tube and this fitting are much less.

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Spray some soapy water on the fitting and see if it is leaking
No leaking.

If it...

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Yes, but not very much.  The nut next to the fitting is much more magnetic.  The cylinder tube and this fitting are much less.
No leaking.

Well I guess that rules out desiccant then.

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If it is intergranular corrosion, it took 15 years to get to this state.  It looks like I can wire brush it down to a level that looks good.  I could do that and then clean and paint it (and...


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"If it is intergranular corrosion, it took 15 years to get to this state.  It looks like I can wire brush it down to a level that looks good.  I could do that and then clean and paint it (and check it yearly)."
That is what I would do. It isn't...

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"I would probably spend some time under there cleaning and painting any outher rust/corrosion I found. "

That's exactly what I've been doing all morning.  Lots of fun. 

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Or is the part compromised and should be replaced?  It's really not in a "critical" area that will leave me stranded if it fails.

Thanks for the expert knowledge folks!!!

It take air that is...

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Don't think he said it's leaking just the metal problem,and if it was something in the air the inside metal would be flaking.