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Old 04-23-2016, 09:42 PM
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Wheel corrosion

Hey guys I was washing my Jeep today and have noticed this white mark around the center cap on one of my wheels. It is definitely under the clear coat. Is this corrosion or.....? Jeep is November 2014 build, so it is under 2 years old with 20k miles. Any one else here with Overland wheels issue? Hope there is a fix for it.
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Re: Wheel corrosion

Hate to break it to you but that does look like some type of scratch me too. But that's going just off the photo I could be wrong.

I had a issue with my 2012 20s that where painted aluminum. The paint around the center cap started to bubble off. I had the dealership submit a claim to Chrysler and they agreed to fix the issue however I ended up trading in before they could fix it.

Can't hurt to have them submit a claim and see what happens.....


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Re: Wheel corrosion

I know it is hard to see it from the picture. It does not look like a scratch in real. The shape is very strange and it is almost impossible to scratch it with the curves on it. It is very shiny and smooth. Looks like it is under the clear coat. I leave in Wisconsin and who knows what chemicals they are using in the winters here.... I tried to clean it, but does not come off.....
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Re: Wheel corrosion

That is not an uncommon thing that happens to these wheels. If I remember what I read, there's an issue with moisture getting trapped between the face of the hub and the back of the wheel. Add road salt and other crap and you get this concentrated mess that weeps out through the center cap area... it starts eating at the clearcoat around the center cap opening.
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Re: Wheel corrosion

I have the same problem with my WJ Overland and the rogue chrome wheels. They are peeling like crazy around the center caps. I was hopping the new materials and technology are better and my new 2014 Overland wheels (non chrome) will last longer compared to the 2004 wheels before start the corrosion damage. I have been washing the Jeep almost weekly during the winter to prevent the corrosion. I guess I have to go to the dealer to see what can be done.
Are there any wheels on the market (Mopar or aftermarket) that are more corrosion resistant or powder coating is the way to go to protect them in a long term?
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Re: Wheel corrosion

Unless they stop dropping road salt and spraying the brine/beet juice solution here, I don't think there's a wheel out there that'll stand up to that long term.
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It is funny but I have also 2004 Chrysler 300m with chrome wheels that kids are driving now. Wheels are in perfect condition with just couple of tiny spots with sign of corrosion. Go figure....
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Re: Wheel corrosion

I have 2013 summit, I live in the northeast. My vehicle is still covered under warranty. Is this something the dealer or Chrysler will cover? Thanks
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Re: Wheel corrosion

dealers don't spend a nickle of their own money ever unless they f'up or are paid by FCA to do so so either way it's Chrysler paid as they make the final call.
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Re: Wheel corrosion

I think the problem begins as a break down of the adhesion of the clear coat allowing oxygen to the aluminum which then begins to corrode. No oxygen, no corrosion. This could start with the tiniest of stone chips as long as it makes its way to the aluminum. Or just plain poor adhesion through age or poor prep.
Aluminum must go through an extra process not necessary for painting steel. An aluminum "converter" must be applied before you can paint or clear coat. One very clear converter is used if clear coating directly over the aluminum (we used to clean up and clear coat aluminum hot rod intakes. they kept the clean shiny look without corroding due to the clear sealing off moisture and oxygen), and an amber colored converter is used for aluminum that will be painted. The amber colored stuff for painting turns the aluminum a yellowish color which is why it is no good for clear. But the converters are absolutely necessary for adhesion.

What I've seen on the aluminum hoods with paint defects also seems to me to be a paint adhesion problem. The paint lets go allowing moisture and oxygen to the aluminum under the paint blisters and then the corrosion starts. On the football shaped discolorations on the hoods and fenders they look like a contaminate started the problem. That's why the metallics seem to lay in different directions from the paint around them, and in some cases seem to stand up. That's why they are only visible from an angle. The football shaped discolorations could very well be from an ungloved hand touching the hood during the cleaning or when the guy was wiping on the aluminum converter on the hood. Or just plain touched the hood at anytime during the painting process with a greasy palm. Also a spot might just have been missed here and there while they were applying the aluminum converter. Just my .02 gilders worth.
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Re: Wheel corrosion

I had a problem with the wheels on my 2011 Laredo X a few years ago. They were corroding outward from the center cap. I showed it to my guys where I get my Jeep serviced and they wrote up a warranty request. I ended up with three new wheels from Jeep under warranty - of course it was still under 36K miles. Eventually the fourth started to corrode (outside 36K!), so I had three nice wheels and one that looked like crap.
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