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Old 10-18-2013, 01:33 AM
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

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Here is a link to the original size photo of the fixed 2014 Wheel.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3690/1...c9b24d_o_d.jpg

I didn't go as deep and wide as Jeep did to stay on the safe side.
Thanks for going to the effort of posting the pic but I'm sorry to say that it's still damn hard to see.
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

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Thanks for going to the effort of posting the pic but I'm sorry to say that it's still damn hard to see.
Really?

Maybe you are confused on what the change was.

I marked up a photo.

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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

Many thanks! I was looking at the wrong thing.
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

I hate to necro a 2.5 year old thread, but this is on topic and there aren't many threads about this.

I recently experienced rusty water spinning out of the edge of the hub cap at the center of one of my new wheels. I'd never seen that before. A few days prior I'd driven through a massive downpour with lots of standing water and freeway speeds, so I figured it must have had standing water in there for several days and spun out when I drove it again a few days later.

About a week after that, I was touching up my summer wheels (original stock 18" wheels) and noticed there were drains at the inner/outer edges of the pockets.

I definitely don't want my hubs rusting away prematurely, so I did some more research. I found some photos of the mating surface on my winter wheels before I mounted them and there were no drains! These are MOPAR wheels sold as an "upgrade" to the OEM 18" wheels that come on the vehicle from the factory. I'm really surprised to see a design flaw like this.

So, I'm thinking I'll dremel 5 drain channels about 1/16" deep and about 1/4" wide centered between each of the stud holes.

Thoughts? Good idea or bad?

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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

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I hate to necro a 2.5 year old thread, but this is on topic and there aren't many threads about this.

I recently experienced rusty water spinning out of the edge of the hub cap at the center of one of my new wheels. I'd never seen that before. A few days prior I'd driven through a massive downpour with lots of standing water and freeway speeds, so I figured it must have had standing water in there for several days and spun out when I drove it again a few days later.

About a week after that, I was touching up my summer wheels (original stock 18" wheels) and noticed there were drains at the inner/outer edges of the pockets.

I definitely don't want my hubs rusting away prematurely, so I did some more research. I found some photos of the mating surface on my winter wheels before I mounted them and there were no drains! These are MOPAR wheels sold as an "upgrade" to the OEM 18" wheels that come on the vehicle from the factory. I'm really surprised to see a design flaw like this.

So, I'm thinking I'll dremel 5 drain channels about 1/16" deep and about 1/4" wide centered between each of the stud holes.

Thoughts? Good idea or bad?

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Definitely a good idea but make it smooth so as not cause stress points. It might be just as effective to cover the rusting axle area with grease. Whenever I remove a wheel and the axle stub looks a bit dry, I give it a light spray of WD40. After all, according to Wikipedia, WD40 is an acronym for 'Water Displacement, 40th formula'.
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Re: Possible fix for preventing Rusty Hubs

When I put on my summer/OEM wheels/tires (the ones with the 5x full drain) yesterday, 3 out of the 4 axle ends (inside the hub center ring - not sure precisely what it's called) were *very* rusty. Those three had standing water almost two weeks after driving through the heavy rain. There was one that didn't even have a hint of rust or wetness, which I thought was odd.

I cleaned them with a steel wire brush and wiped up afterwards with a shop towel.

Before I put my winter wheels back on, I'll definitely need to add some drains to the winter wheels. Even if I don't do that, I should, at the very least figure out the right type of grease to coat the inside of the hub center ring and use some.

The level of rust for 12000 miles was obscene. I had a tire shop mount the winter tires on the winter wheels around 8700 miles. They offered to swap the wheels onto the car and I let them, so I have no idea how much rust was there at that point. I normally do all my own wheel swaps and will from now on so I can keep tabs on this.
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