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Hey guys, I just bought a 2013 Dart Limited with a little over 36k miles now. The wheels were like this when I got it and were a bit of a turn off but the car was hard to turn down for the money. Is this corrosion on the wheels? It isn't rough, it just feels like hardened gum or something. I don't know how to describe it. I've tried cleaning it with heavy duty soaps, scrubs, and sponges. Nothing has effected it.

If it is corrosion, I have the wheels under a warranty and want to get them replaced.

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Go get this fixed via warranty... there is nothing that will take that off... I had this start to happen on my 07 Durango Limited... I think it is corrosion, as dodge uses the same aluminum rim with chrome plating over it style on their "limited" editions.
 

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It is in fact corrosion. Likely due to an acid based wheel cleaner being used improperly.
 

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Hey guys, I just bought a 2013 Dart Limited with a little over 36k miles now. The wheels were like this when I got it and were a bit of a turn off but the car was hard to turn down for the money. Is this corrosion on the wheels? It isn't rough, it just feels like hardened gum or something. I don't know how to describe it. I've tried cleaning it with heavy duty soaps, scrubs, and sponges. Nothing has effected it. If it is corrosion, I have the wheels under a warranty and want to get them replaced. <img src="http://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=61895"/> <img src="http://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=61893"/> <img src="http://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=61894"/> <img src="http://www.dodge-dart.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=61898"/>
To me it looks as if some caustic cleaner may have been used . Something like aluma bright. If allowed to sit on too long and not rinsed off good will cause this. Or it sat in salt water flood. I also notice the rotors look grooved pretty good and dark . Possibly sat long time and rusted up and wore away after running . My rotors have 88000 on them and don't look as grooved as those. Any way that is what the pics look like to me. Hopefully I am wrong. But it share looks like serious corrosion.the center caps and lugs all look rusty pitted ect . The wheels will probably be very hard to get off.
 

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It is in fact corrosion. Likely due to an acid based wheel cleaner being used improperly.
Or from overly acidic rain...

Do you or anyone else know how to fix that? sand/refinish/coat? what are my options?
If it's under warrantee... that is your best option at this point.
 

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It's corrosion. Probably from the salty winter roads up there in the Northeast. They need to be stripped and re-finished. If your warranty covers the wheels, get it done.
 

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It's corrosion. Probably from the salty winter roads up there in the Northeast. They need to be stripped and re-finished. If your warranty covers the wheels, get it done.
Now when you mean stripped and refinished you mean the top clear coat and the aluminum finish below that down to bare metal right? I don't think my warranty would cover it as I am over the 36k mile mark. But I was definitely considering striping them down and making them a different color anyways.
 

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Now when you mean stripped and refinished you mean the top clear coat and the aluminum finish below that down to bare metal right? I don't think my warranty would cover it as I am over the 36k mile mark. But I was definitely considering striping them down and making them a different color anyways.
Yes, down to bare metal. That's the only way to do them correctly. If you're going to change color, I would just buy some nice rims for summer and use those rims for winter tires.
 

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most likely a harsh cleaner (as was already said) due to the fact that the damage is in the tight spots that are generally harder to scrub / rinse off. I've had two Canadian winters on my 17" rims and they still look good as new so definitely wouldn't be the salt doing that.
 

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If you truly still have a warranty, get it taken care of NOW. If the car is under the original warranty, you take it to the dealer, show them the corrosion, and they will order new wheels for you. I had this happen to my 2006 Daytona. Lucky for me it happened very early on (like less than 15,000 miles). I think Mopar just has some bad ones get out from time to time. Sadly that can be kind of a normal thing to happen.

As others have stated, getting steel wheels for winter months will help.

I'm not sure why you're looking to get these refinished? My only guess is that you have an aftermarket warranty? If you have a real warranty, you'll get brand spanking new ones from the dealer, and they will be covered.
 

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Hey guys, I just bought a 2013 Dart Limited with a little over 36k miles now. The wheels were like this when I got it and were a bit of a turn off but the car was hard to turn down for the money. Is this corrosion on the wheels? It isn't rough, it just feels like hardened gum or something. I don't know how to describe it. I've tried cleaning it with heavy duty soaps, scrubs, and sponges. Nothing has effected it.

If it is corrosion, I have the wheels under a warranty and want to get them replaced.

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This is TYPICAL Chrysler/Doge garbage rims-the clear coat used for them breaks down and they oxidize-I've had this problem with every Doge/Chrysler I've owned. All you need is a deep scratch to start it. I already had my rims replaced 1 time and I am now out of warranty. I just bought new tires and new brakes my dart has 41K on it, runs good otherwise. Will just get 3rd party rims when these go, watch out for the corrosion around the bead!!!
Hey guys, I just bought a 2013 Dart Limited with a little over 36k miles now. The wheels were like this when I got it and were a bit of a turn off but the car was hard to turn down for the money. Is this corrosion on the wheels? It isn't rough, it just feels like hardened gum or something. I don't know how to describe it. I've tried cleaning it with heavy duty soaps, scrubs, and sponges. Nothing has effected it.

If it is corrosion, I have the wheels under a warranty and want to get them replaced.

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As a long time Dodge/Chrysler owner-this is a FLAW in the coating they use! I have had every Dodge chrome wheels oxidization issues and had 2 sets already replaced-with a 07 Caliber and 2013 Dart Limited. The area around the center caps are already "lifting" from around the hub center. I had these replaced 1200 miles into my Dart in 2012. This is the clear coating and once something disrupts that coating, it's all downhill from there. Please watch your tires BEADED area!!! I had to replace all 4 of a 2000 Neon's rims, as it was causing leaks in tire pressure! Out of warranty now, my Dart will live with it until/if I replace the rims before selling it. It's definitely Chrysler's issue.
 
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