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Rust - Limited Center Caps - Remove/Replace?

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I was out washing my 2011 Limited this weekend and noticed a tiny amount of RUST forming along the perimeter of the center cap on my wheels. I also noticed a bit of a rusty stain on the alloy wheels themselves.

Not my wheels, but similar issue.

These caps are simply chrome plated pieces, correct? Or maybe the rust/stain is coming from behind (hubs/rotors)?

How to remove these caps? Not really room to inset a screwdriver in the gap. How about safely removing the rusty stain without affecting the wheel finish?



Note: The finish on my 2000 and 2004 JGC alloy wheels totally failed and flaked over time - I surely want to avoid a similar situation on my 2011!
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Could the "rust" be coming from the rotor hub itself and working it's way out.

If water gets in there, I'm sure it does, then it will forum a rust soup.

That might eat at the finish of the wheel.

The wheel and cap I don't think will have "Iron" rust.

Any place water can collect, needs a drain to get rid of it quick and allow it to dry.

I wonder if putting a fine notches in the cap might be worth it.
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Here is my fix to hopefully prevent rust on the rim hub.

I thought I was gonna notch the little cap but that won't work (see pic) because it does not go to the edge. These are 18" Dodge Durango Wheels I'm about to mount Snows on. I believe they are setup identical to the Jeep 18's

Notice the 5 Pockets have drains.

The center hub has no drain. So I added one.

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Jeep fixed this problem on 2014 wheels

I started a new thread showing the 2014 wheels and my mod to 2013 wheels
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