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I'm cleaning my rim and for some reason it is turning a gold color. What could be the reason for this?


Can be several reasons. Some types of plating or covering is the top finish of the wheel, but the base metal is a different color and not pretty.

I have seen chromed wheels bleed down to the core behind the lead wheel weights. Those left a bronze mark in the same place and outline of the lead weights.

Now there are different procedures in producing a finish on metal. Some use an acid bath and different chemicals produce colors in metal. Sounds like the wheel you have could have been surface etched and now the top finish is rubbed down below its finish. Some makers use a clear coat to maintain the finish longer.

You should contact the Car company who made your wheel for ideas about refinishing them. Now there are some excellent spray paints for coating wheels and the cost is minimal and some use spray cans and others need air compressor spray guns. Likewise some need an adhesive base coat and some need a protective clear coat. Its all about compatible layers of coatings.

My personal experience, for instance, on my 83 GM Pontiac Aluminum rims was to use the finest grade steel wool and remove the old chipped surface by hand rubbing to clean metal. Then using Mothers products to hand buff to a brighter finish and then thoroughly remove all traces of chemicals with an alcohol wash. The top coat was a spraycan application of specific "Wheelcoat" clearcoat.

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Jan 18, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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How clean your Ford Edge chrome clad wheels so they balance


The Ford Edge chrome clad wheels are causing balancing issues and costing everyone money in unbalanced and prematurely worn tires or even wrongly thinking the tire is bad. Watch this video and discover how the chrome clad wheels can be cleaned and balanced.
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I have lexus 1999.es300.28000 miles.have crome wheels on it.one of the wheels,front on passenger side is loosing 4.5 lbs of air.the tyre is once puncture repaired.got checked with disc-count tyre.his...


mcdevito75 here, Your Tire Mechanic could be right regarding the chrome wheels leaking a bit of air, however, you have radial tires, either all season or steel belted, and once punctured radial tires are very hard to seal, very hard. I would advise a new tire rather than all 4 new chrome rims.

Oct 04, 2010 | 1999 Lexus ES 300

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When I reverse my R reg mazda there is a slightly screeching noise.When driving I hear a sound from the front drivers wheel at slow speed that is like gentle slapping.Any ideas?


if your wheels are chrome,check the inside of the wheel for pealing chrome it hits the caliber and makes the sound you described

Dec 24, 2009 | 1989 Mazda 323

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2002 dodge caravan chrome wheels


it shouldn't hurt the tire,but may cause a slow leak if the chrome is flaking off at the 'bead' where the tire seals to the rim.

Sep 23, 2009 | Cars & Trucks

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Chrome wheels are dirty and rusty what is best and easiest way to clean them


Basically, once the chrome is gone it's gone and the metal beneath will begin to rust. You will never restore that chromed look and can only clean the dirt with DAWN dishwashing detergent with grease cutter. Good luck.

Sep 06, 2009 | 2005 Ford F 350 Super Duty

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How to reset tire pressure light on 2000 pontiac bonneville? I dont have owners manual.


to reset the tire pressure light.. the light will blink tire pressure.. well what you do is heck your tires make sure they are all to pressure of tire . then hold in on the tire pressure button for the count of 4 to 5 sec. and it will reset its selfs.

Jul 05, 2009 | 2000 Pontiac Bonneville

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Tire Leaks at Valve Stem


not just chrysler, there are many wheels from manufactures that have the same type of problems. chances are they will not help you.

Jun 11, 2009 | 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Need chrome rims. What size do I need ? Thanks


There should be a sticker on the door near the latch with tire sizes recommended for that vehicle. last # is wheel size (14, 15, etc) This is also the size on the tire itself (205-75-15 is a 15" wheel) Then all you need is to match the bolt pattern. Any wheel retailer knows correct size or buy from someone who has same vehicle. Don't exceed recommended tire sizes unless you intend to also change speedometer to match the new final drive ratio.

Mar 31, 2009 | 1986 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

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Alloy wheels pitted and rusing


Hi have a nice day!
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Most wheels on the market today feature a painted surface, machine lip or face with a clear finish. To take care of your alloy wheels without damaging the protective finish frequent washing with a quality car wash, such as McGuire's or Polyglaze, and water is highly recommended.
Periodic use of a bug and stain remover can prevent permanent damage, whilst waxing will protect the alloy wheel finish from the elements. NEVER use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or polishing compounds. ALWAY's be wary of automatic car washes. SOME use acidic cleaners to remove dirt and grime. Others may use stiff brushes for cleaning alloy wheels and tyres. BOTH of these WILL HARM your Wheels So always ask about equipment and procedures before entering the car wash.
Never allow your alloy wheels or tyres to be STEAM cleaned. Hot steam can dull the paint or clear coat finish on your alloy wheels. NEVER clean HOT Wheels always wait until they cool down. Water on your alloy wheels will dry faster on a hot surface and cause your cleaning solution to dry to quickly leaving spots or a film of soap on your wheels.
Cleaning wheels in direct sunlight also causes the wheel to dry out to quickly, leaving spot's in the finish. This is a particular problem with chrome wheels, and machined faced alloy wheels. Clean your wheels on a regular basis, they are often the dirtiest part of your vehicle and they're constantly exposed to the elements, corrosive brake dust, ocean and sea salt plus the inevitable road tar.
Disc brake dust is a BIG problem. If not REMOVED it can actually burn small marks into the chrome or alloy wheels, which in turn if left untreated can lead to PITTING of your alloy or chrome wheels. Chrome plated wheels are particularly susceptible if left untreated SO please make sure care is taken. Clear coating on your machine lip of face alloy wheels can suffer a similar fate if left untreated.
If you do not clean Chrome Wheels or Alloy Wheels regularly moisture, which harboured in brake dust and grime, can lead to SEVERE pitting and rusting of chrome wheel surfaces.
TAKE "PROPER" care otherwise your warranty on your Alloy wheels or Chrome Wheels could be voided.

May 23, 2008 | 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

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