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Old 11-01-2013, 10:39 AM
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my wifes last lexus was the same way. the oily like brake dust completely stained the front wheels and they told me sorry. I would escalate and see what happens.
What I find interesting is that we own a 2010 with the polished wheels and the same type of brakes, and never had even a tad bit of this type of an issue showing. But somehow in my 2012 with painted and clearcoated wheels, I don't decide to take care of my truck and the wheels go to hell.

The service writer, who has been a very fair and cool guy, said he did place a rebuttal to their first dismissal stating he can vouch the truck is immaculate and it does seem to be a defect and not neglect. He said they sent him some cut/paste manual type BS excuse about cleaning, and a short & dismissive note that warranty claim decision is final and this conversation is closed. Basically don't ask again, and he even stated it seemed like they knew from the start they had no intention of replacing these wheels and have a template response already planned.
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yeah/...from what I remember this was a huge problem with the Alcoa wheels on the 09-10's...so you got lucky.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:27 PM
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kbench, what ever happened for you?

day of reckoning begins tonight for me. Taking truck in for interior CF recall pictures and wheel pictures to be sent to Chrysler for replacement. CF interior parts are a go, just got the recall mailer and one of my door pieces is laying on the passenger floor. Front wheels are the wildcard.

Anyone still have this issue or has had it start since original thread post?
I am still waiting. The dealership that I deal with took the pictures and sent them in. In the mean time the dealership changed hands which caused all the warranty claims to go on hold.

I had to go back in a few weeks ago and took pictures again, so just playing the waiting game. Not to worried though as another Canadian winter is coming so don't mind not having new wheels for the salty roads.
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I finally read this thread from start to finish, add me to the list of owners having issues with the wheel finish. Basically I am seeing the same problem with the wheels on front. Taken the same steps to care for them as schleprock did. I also used a clay bar a couple times to remove some of the contaminants on the wheels. Have not pursued a warranty claim.
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Re: Anyone else getting wheel corrosion?

FIXED! Found out how to get rid of this finally

Iron X Paste Can be bought online at Autopia or Autogeek. 150 mL is plenty

What you'll need:
-Iron X Paste
-toothbrush or other similar bristled brush
-gloves (I have a box of the rubber generic ones from BJs)
-hose/water/gun
-wash bucket/soap/mitt
-fingernails (so if you bite them to the knuckle, chill out for a week )
-your choice of wax/polish (I used Zaino I had around)

Things I learned to cut your time: cool temps and wheel surface, no direct sunlight on wheel. It may take 2 times through with the steps below. Plan for 2hrs worth of time.

1. Wash the entire wheel very good, hose off, dry or let it dry. (Don't have to do this on second try as wheel is already clean).

2. Do (5) inner spokes at a time (there are 5 large openings and 5 smaller openings). I advise doing the bottom (5) half first on a wheel because when you rinse them off you won't get the other half wet and need to dry/wait for it to dry.

3. With gloves on, squirt Iron X Paste (more like a clear gel) right on your finger tip and rub/pat it on the wheel where the damage is. I did two finger tips worth for smaller openings, 3 for the larger.

4. Let it sit for 5 minutes once you have applied it, yes, count it down to make sure it is at least 5.

5. After 5 minutes, take the toothbrush and scrub each area (it will have turned purple). Not too much pressure and in slow circular motions, take your time and do not go crazy scrubbing as if you're trying to rip paint off! Be thorough. Finish all 5 holes.

6. Rinse one hole at a time at close range on a moderate shower setting, don't jet spray it. The purple paste will all come off, don't worry. As you do each section, any little remnants that exist as you wash off the purple paste, you should be able to remove by scraping with your fingernails. Once again, spray continuous water on the spot as you scratch and don't dig for gold. Do not touch/scrape the purple paste with your bare fingers/nails!! Wait until that is washed off first!

7. At this point you should see whether it is all gone, if not, do another round or accept the current results.

8. Wash the wheels again and dry them. Once dry, apply the wax/polish and let it sit and dry really good. Remove polish. Should now be good to go and back to almost new.
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Re: Anyone else getting wheel corrosion?

Hello, Wheel finish as stated in owners manual will not hold up to some cleaners used at car wash. Tell them not to spray wheels when entering. Hand wash after if necessary.
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Re: Anyone else getting wheel corrosion?

I've had 6 sets of the Spider Monkeys and would recommend anyone who is having problems with the finish pay to have them sent to be PVD coated. My guy charges $800 and backs up the warranty. The black chrome they offer looks better than the OEM finish anyways. I have a set of OEM black chromes on mine that have corrosion on the edges of the wheels. I believe this is happening due to the fact the wheel wasn't properly de-burred before being coated. It's hard to seal up a sharp edge!
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Re: Anyone else getting wheel corrosion?

I agree with the faulty process theory. Earlier a post reported that the front rims (9" width) were corroding and not the rear (10" width). So, the rims could be made by 2 different lines or companies. One line handles them correctly the other not so good. I can check this out, but i'm at a Yooper Deer camp. This info could help show that it is a manufacturing issue and not customer neglect.
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I agree with the faulty process theory. Earlier a post reported that the front rims (9" width) were corroding and not the rear (10" width). So, the rims could be made by 2 different lines or companies. One line handles them correctly the other not so good. I can check this out, but i'm at a Yooper Deer camp. This info could help show that it is a manufacturing issue and not customer neglect.
All OEM WK2 SRT wheels are 20"x10". Newer Jeep wheels have a center cap that has clearance around the hub bore the prevent corrosion now. Some refer to that corrosion as winter rot. The sharp edges I was referring to were very noticeable around the window areas on spokes. I'll try to post some pictures. Our wheels are now made in Taiwan by a company called SuperAlloy. I really love the Alcoa made wheels though.
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