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Rusting Phantom <1 Year Old!?
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Medevon
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So, I bought a Phantom in July last year, and a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a fair amount of rust appearing in the 'yaw' gimbal (between the gimbal motor and phantom).
The other day, I also noticed specs of rust on each of the motors, and rust has covered the nails in the gimal fan.

Would this be covered under warranty? Considering it is under a year old, and it's an expensive product, I'd expect it to be in good condition for the next couple of years.
What are your thoughts?
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nigelw
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Not sure the gimbal fans nailed together!

But seriously, do you fly in a salty environment?  I don't think they'll cover rust, which could be down to lack of preventative maintenance, i.e. cleaning down after flying in salt spray by the sea.
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Medevon
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nigelw Posted at 2016-5-2 06:00
Not sure the gimbal fans nailed together!

But seriously, do you fly in a salty environment?  I don' ...

I've flown at the beach twice. Being in NZ, I live 20-30km away from the shore. Plus, it can be pretty humid in the summer!
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nigelw
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Medevon Posted at 2016-5-2 00:06
I've flown at the beach twice. Being in NZ, I live 20-30km away from the shore. Plus, it can be pr ...

Trouble is the gimbal & motors aren't sealed from the elements.  As you probably know, the sea air can be very corrosive due to the salt in sea spray.  Anything that doesn't get a wipe down starts to deteriorate almost immediately.  As it's out of their control, I wouldn't expect DJI to be very helpful.
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jyurkyandsons
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I'm not going to sugar coat it  but if it's salt air it's  neglect on your part , l know they make spray to help protect motorcycle chrome but don't know if it is safe for gimbal ribbon,  I'm sure someone  has some secrets
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endotherm
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Post some photos?  Sounds like the whole thing has been exposed to something corrosive (do you have a meth lab at home?)    Sometimes acid from peoples fingers can damage metal and allow it to rust, but I don't think all the areas you described would be regularly touched.
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oks4n4
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Yes yes yes... My P3P is also rusting in the same locations... Fan screw, gimbal chrome circle, and also some motor mount screws... I clean them using wd40 and it works, but the problem happen again and again. I put very thin of car oil, but it still rusting... DJI pls help... FTI i lived far away from beach.
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keongwee85
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any idea what should i do after i fly in sea area ? do i jus gently wipe with damp cloth on the gimbal ? what about the motor and areas which are hard access???
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gtokarsk
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So despite of what happens in this case, humidity can be a problem in general, especially near salt water environments, are there any tutotials specifically geared toward what to clean and how to make sure this does not happen? I am not concerned, being in Colorado, but if there are specific places to keep in mind to make sure that moisture in there is checked for often, and if there's a specific way to clean and protect those areas, I think users on the forums would appreciate some ideas on how to make sure we do not experience such issues.
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fans2734bc8c
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Mine has the same problem. Talked to Rep at DJI, they said regular motor oil can be used. But like what oks4n4 said, doesn't seem to be helping the problem.
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