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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.