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Aluminum/Alloy Wheels Damage and Repair

I recently replaced all four original tires at the dealership where I get the car serviced. When I got the car back I noticed a great amount of bead sealer as well several deep gouges on the rim and numerous deep scratches on and next to the center caps and nearby spokes.


It took me a number of tries to remove all the bead sealer except on top of the deep gouge. I went back to the dealer and they informed me that what I thought was bead sealer over the gouges is actually aluminum corrosion. They, naturally, blamed it on GM and not the fact that on at least on one of my previous visits where they took off the wheels that the damages were made, breaking the clear coat to allow the corrosion to start.


I unfortunately never thought to inspect the wheels carefully after each visit. That will certainly change now and I will be taking pictures just before each visit.


I do have some questions that I hope can be answered on this forum:


1. Does the center cap need to be removed to take off the wheel?



2. Is there an easy way to repair the aluminum corrosion spots without removing the wheels? If not, would applying clearcoat stop any additional corrosion?


Any responses would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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I recently replaced all four original tires at the dealership where I get the car serviced. When I got the car back I noticed a great amount of bead sealer as well several deep gouges on the rim and numerous deep scratches on and next to the center caps and nearby spokes.


It took me a number of tries to remove all the bead sealer except on top of the deep gouge. I went back to the dealer and they informed me that what I thought was bead sealer over the gouges is actually aluminum corrosion. They, naturally, blamed it on GM and not the fact that on at least on one of my previous visits where they took off the wheels that the damages were made, breaking the clear coat to allow the corrosion to start.


I unfortunately never thought to inspect the wheels carefully after each visit. That will certainly change now and I will be taking pictures just before each visit.


I do have some questions that I hope can be answered on this forum:


1. Does the center cap need to be removed to take off the wheel?



2. Is there an easy way to repair the aluminum corrosion spots without removing the wheels? If not, would applying clearcoat stop any additional corrosion?


Any responses would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

The center cap doesn't need to come off in order to remove/replace a wheel, but it does need to come off to balance a whee/tire assembly.

With regard to removing the corrosion, you can rub it off with some Mother's mag wheel polish without removing the wheels.

To prevent new oxidation, thoroughly clean off any polish residue, and then shoot the areas with some rattle-can clear VHT Mag Wheel coating. When spraying the wheels, I'd recommend taking them off the car and laying them flat, face up to minimize potential runs.

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Thanks! This is great information.


Do I need a power tool to use the mag wheel polish or can I do it by hand?


How do you keep your wheels from being damaged whenever you bring it somewhere for wheel/tire service or for any work that requires removing the wheels such as brakes, etc?
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To remove oxidation, I just apply by hand. The supercharger on my weekend car a has polished case, and the oxidation wipes right off with Mothers. A Dremel with a flannel wheel might be handy for deep scratches and pits, but it isn't necessary for removing oxidation.

Finding a tire shop that won't screw up your rims can be a crap shoot. The local Discount Tire shops in my area have never damaged any of mine. Conversely, a high-end specialty shop that was supposedly one of the best around (recommended by Tire Rack) scratched three of four rims on another car I had while installing new tires. I was really pissed and gave them a scathing review on Tire Rack's website.
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To remove oxidation, I just apply by hand. The supercharger on my weekend car a has polished case, and the oxidation wipes right off with Mothers. A Dremel with a flannel wheel might be handy for deep scratches and pits, but it isn't necessary for removing oxidation.

Finding a tire shop that won't screw up your rims can be a crap shoot. The local Discount Tire shops in my area have never damaged any of mine. Conversely, a high-end specialty shop that was supposedly one of the best around (recommended by Tire Rack) scratched three of four rims on another car I had while installing new tires. I was really pissed and gave them a scathing review on Tire Rack's website.
Thank you for this additional information. If the weather here gets better soon I'll use your information to try to repair the damages.



One thing that might be useful to you is what I use to share information locally. Go to NEXTDOOR.com. It has neighborhood groups all over the country. It allows anyone who joins (free) to post about any kind of experiences, especially with businesses and local crime as well as things for sale and free. I have found it very useful since all the posts come from local posters. I will be posting my recent wheel experiences and it will automatically go out to over 15k members locally.


I have avoided some really bad businesses for home improvements thanks to other posters.
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When I dropped off my car at Costco for tires I took a picture of each wheel with my phone and showed the service adviser the pictures and invited him to come out and verify that there was no damage to the wheels, he declined but did put a note on the workorder that the wheels were damage free at drop off. I inspected them carefully BEFORE I paid the bill and they were undamaged.
He did inform me that by signing the workorder I was relieving them of any liability for damage, that might stand up with a judge in small claims court but it might not, in any case I think the tech seeing that note on the workorder might encourage the tech to be more careful handling the wheels.

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