Originally Posted by Clemson
No one is attacking anyone. My comment was intended for the member who quickly jumped to the manufacturer as being at fault. Nothing more. Corrosion will occur when road salt is allowed to remain on alloys.
Well since I'm obviously that member you're referring to, I'll respond. I've lived in upstate NY my entire life & owned new vehicles some 40+ years now. Salt is routinely used on the roads in our winters, (& I mean a LOT) so I think I know a little about the subject & what it does to wheels. The OP has owned his new Jeep only 4 months & already shows some serious rust issue on the picture he posted. He asked if that's normal & it clearly is NOT. I've never had that kind of rust after a few months in a new vehicle & no one is going to convince me that's normal. I don't care how much salt they use in his area, that shouldn't be happening so soon. Something is clearly wrong. And let's not put words in my mouth. Where did I lay blame on the OEM? I said this clearly isn't normal & should be discussed with the dealer. Big difference in laying blame, wouldn't you say?
And what preventative maintenance are you referring to that you're inferring the OP didn't do? So you want to blame him for this? Sorry, I don't think so. The only thing I've done for the wheels over the years is go to a car wash in the winter to get rid of the salt. And in the Spring throw some wax on them when the vehicle gets waxed. That's it & they've looked great over time. And frankly, I'd be willing to bet I could go all winter in a new vehicle without washing it & the wheels would/should look just fine in the Spring.
I asked the OP if that was happening on all 4 wheels, but he didn't respond to that. If it is just that one wheel showing the rust, doesn't it stand to reason something is wrong with that wheel?