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post #1 of 19 Old 12-05-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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wheel corrosion

I noticed corrosion of all my wheels at the center around the "jeep" center cover. Took it to the dealer and they got approval to replace all 4 wheels under warranty. Thought it was going to be a battle but they OK'ed it with no pushback. I guess its a known problem.

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post #2 of 19 Old 12-05-2013, 12:49 PM
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What year Jeep, and which wheels?

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-06-2013, 07:49 AM
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I'd be interested in more details as well. I'm guessing they are either polished or chrome? One you get the new wheels, clean and apply a sealant to them regularly.
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I noticed corrosion of all my wheels at the center around the "jeep" center cover. Took it to the dealer and they got approval to replace all 4 wheels under warranty. Thought it was going to be a battle but they OK'ed it with no pushback. I guess its a known problem.
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What wheels, model and year ?
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I've noticed a little blemish on my new 2014 20" wheels and wandered if that's the way they are supposed to look.
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Its the 18'' wheels on a 2012 Overland. The center has a cavity that has no way for water to get out. I plan on removing all the new replaced wheels and grinding a grove on the back so the water can drain. The dealer told me that this was a $1100 warranty hit that Jeep took. You would think that they would have redesigned the wheels by now, but I guess its cheaper to just take the warranty hit.
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2011 Limited I have corrosion around the center caps as well
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2011 Limited I have corrosion around the center caps as well
That's what mine looked like. Since your out of warranty, you could have your wheels repaired and grind grooves in the back to let the water out that causes the corrosion. That would be your cheapest option.
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That's what mine looked like. Since your out of warranty, you could have your wheels repaired and grind grooves in the back to let the water out that causes the corrosion. That would be your cheapest option.
I think you will find replacement wheels the same or less money than repair.

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Just got off the phone with the dealer, there is no warranty on the wheels. I did buy the lifetime extended warranty through Mopar and I will be checking my paperwork when I get home.
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post #11 of 19 Old 06-17-2014, 12:50 PM
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I have the same thing on my 2012 but not quite as bad. My Jeep has 40k miles on it though, prob not a warranty claim anymore?

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I have the same thing on my 2012 but not quite as bad. My Jeep has 40k miles on it though, prob not a warranty claim anymore?
That is the worst of them. I hope that I can find something in the extended warranty paperwork that will cover me.
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-17-2014, 02:30 PM
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I bought my 2012 this winter, back in Dec of 2013. 3 of the 4 wheels looked clean, a tiny bit of corrosion on 1 at the center. I cleaned & waxed the wheels religiously this winter thinking it would keep them from getting in the same condition. Wrong

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No luck with the warranty paperwork. Contacting Jeep customer service now. Can't understand how a cap that holds water in the wheels is not a manufacturer defect...
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-18-2014, 01:46 PM
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No luck with the warranty paperwork. Contacting Jeep customer service now. Can't understand how a cap that holds water in the wheels is not a manufacturer defect...
That is not what the corrosion is from initially. When tire shops put the wheel on the balancer that uses a cone seat that goes in the center bore, they usually just slam the thing in the whole or crank it down so tight that it cracks the finish around the lip and then with the centercap in place covers the damage, then the environment starts to attack the bare aluminum and creaps under the paint and spreads out as you can see. The really good balance machines have a motorized lift the raise the wheel so the tech does not drag and damage the finish around the whole. Then the really good machines, at my BMW dealer anyways, the balancer has a hubcentric adapter and the wheel is held in place by the lug holes just as it is when on the car so nothing touches and painted surface.
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