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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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I was thinking that too. See this thread by JeepJunkie . Whenever I rotate tyres, I give the hubs, stub axle and nut, just a touch of WD40 being very careful not to get any on the discs. It penetrates well and leaves a fine protective oil film. I'm not in favour of covering it with rust preventative gunk. I could interfere with the hub to wheel friction.
Wow, that is pretty bad. Rust that bad is starting to affect the structural integrity. When my WK2 gets delivered, definitely going to hit that area with anti-corrosion spray.
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