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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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What's covered under Chrysler Group LLC's Warranties
2.2 Corrosion Warranty
A. Who Is Covered?
You are covered if you are a purchaser for use of the
B. What’s Covered
This warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor
needed to repair or replace any sheet metal panels that
get holes from rust or other corrosion. If a hole occurs
because of something other than corrosion, this warranty
does not apply. Cosmetic or surface corrosion — resulting,
for example, from stone chips or scratches in the
paint — is not covered. For more details on what isn’t
covered by this warranty, see 3.5.
C. How Long It Lasts
The Corrosion Warranty starts when your Basic Limited
Warranty begins under 2.1(E).
This warranty has two time-and-mileage limits:

For sheet metal panels, the limit is 36 months, with no
mileage limit.

For an outer-body sheet metal panel — one that is
finish-painted and that someone can see when walking
around the vehicle — the limits are 5 years or

100,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs


3.5 Certain Kinds of Corrosion Not Covered
Your warranties don’t cover the following:

corrosion caused by accident, damage, abuse, or

vehicle alteration;

surface corrosion caused by such things as industrial
fallout, sand, salt, hail, ocean spray, and stones;

corrosion caused by the extensive or abnormal transport
of caustic materials like chemicals, acids, and
fertilizers; and

corrosion of special bodies, body conversions, or

equipment that was not on your vehicle when it left

the manufacturing plant or was not supplied by


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