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Old 07-04-2012, 09:46 PM
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tire rotation

I just rotated my tires for the first time.. 2012 20in overland V8...

I had seen someone posted their corrosion on the hubs / axle ends, but had sort of forgotten that issue.

The front were pretty bad the rears were really bad. The entire end of the "axle" (for lack of a better, more accurate, term... It's the part of the wheel / axle covered by the little center cap on the wheel).. was rusted severely, just like that picture someone posted but now I can't find. Here's what I did and think...

I used a wire brush to remove the crud from the wheel and the brake hat where the wheel touches the car. I used a air compressor to remove the dust, then I carefully smeared on a light coat of anti-seize to the wheel and or hat to make it easier to remove them next time being careful to avoid the lug bolt threads. I had to use a small mallet to get three of four off at 7000 miles!

I could see some water in the space behind the cap. Water gets in and sits there. In winter, that would be salt water.. I am thinking I'll drill small holes in the center cap plastic to allow water out. I may spray some kind of rust stopper on the end of the axle to try to stop the corrosion that is there. I don't think it would be easy to remove that nut even at this point, much less in 3 or 10 years when it might be necessary.

As for the tire rotation, I simply jacked up the right front, put on the spare, then jacked up the left side front and rear, put on the RF to LR, and LR to LF; then did the right side.
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Re: tire rotation

Good tip on the water behind the center cap.

I rotated my tires two weeks ago. Rotated them right off my Jeep and replaced with proper all terrain tires.
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Re: tire rotation

I swapped my 20" Overland wheels the other day for a set of 2012 SRT wheels I bought, and at 4,000 miles the hub part behind the center cap looks like it has not even been driven a mile. Looked 100% brand new. Is this the part your talking about? If so I wonder why some cars have a lot of corrosion and some others dont?

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Re: tire rotation

Nice Z, first of all... Ever go to afx performance, theyre in plainfield i thought..

Ok, the rims. Firstly i drive my jeep every day in mn salt all last winter. Im positive it is from water, and salt getting in there from the small gaps designed into the wheel where it sits on the center hat. Im talking about the rust in the center nut and axle in the very center of the hub, exactly behind the center cap of the wheel that says jeep.


Another forum had a thought that it was different metals that caused the corrosion. This makes no sense. All brakes are iron, all wheels now are aluminum. Its plain old salt that gets trapped in that cavity and cant get out. The axle is iron or cheap steel, i suppose.

Im going to brush off the rust and spray amsoil metal,protector in there then drill very small drain holes in the caps at their outer edge..

Last spring i actually saw a bit of salt around this cap and thought it was odd.

Oh, and congrats on the proper off road tires... I use my jgC for long hwy and city use... But remember, Off road tires need even more rotating.


I almost had someone else do this rotation for me. Every time i decide to do it myself, i find something that makes me glad i did.
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I just rotated my tires for the first time.. 2012 20in overland V8...

I had seen someone posted their corrosion on the hubs / axle ends, but had sort of forgotten that issue.

The front were pretty bad the rears were really bad. The entire end of the "axle" (for lack of a better, more accurate, term... It's the part of the wheel / axle covered by the little center cap on the wheel).. was rusted severely, just like that picture someone posted but now I can't find. Here's what I did and think...
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That was me. Glad you resolved it... For me, out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.

Should this look so corroded?
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