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> None of the corrosion you refer to is "normal" and
> it is almost certainly
> not brass. For sure the bolts in the transmission
> are not brass. It is unlikely
> that the vacuum pump housing is made of brass
> either. You don't say what
> type of pump you have. It may be made from
> electroplated ferrous metal, or from
> aluminum that has been chromated to a golden/brassy
> The bolts would be made from ferrous metal which
> would then electroplated
> with either zinc, cadmium, or an alloy of tin-zinc.
> After electroplating the
> bolts would be given a chromate coating which could
> look either bright and
> silvery, gold in color (often mistaken for brass)
> or black. There are others
> colors too, but those are the ones used most
> commonly in the automotive industry
> for electroplated parts. Olive drab is sometimes
> used, but more seldom.
> The electroplated coatings are used to keep the
> ferrous metal substrate from
> corroding. The secondary chromate coating is used to
> prevent the
> electroplated coating from corroding. It's a two
> step anti-corrosion process that works
> very well under normal conditions.
> If a bolt is going to be used to fasten a piece of
> aluminum, it HAS to be
> coated with either cadmium, or tin-zinc alloy. Very
> often cadmium or tin-zinc
> is color coded with the gold chromate. Zinc is not
> at all compatible with
> aluminum, and for that matter neither is brass.
> The chromate coatings are very thin. Polishing them
> would only remove the
> chromate coating and maybe even the electroplated
> coating. Then the parts would
> look bad again, but even sooner. Your best solution
> would be to replace the
> corroded bolts and try to prevent the sulfuric acid
> "mist" from occurring
> Those are just the basics, but it should help you
> decide on a course of
> Lawson Huntley
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