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Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

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Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby roorancher [OP] » Nov 07 2019, 5:08am

Over the past couple of months, I've been having a really slow leak on one of my tires. Has been worse lately as the weather has been colder. The tires have about 12,000 miles or so on them. I went to my local Discount Tire, (really like the guys,) for rotation and balance, and for two visits they couldn't find a leak. For the third visit (today,) I contacted the store manager in advance, and he offered to replace the tire free of charge.

When they dismounted the tire, the store manager showed me what is pictured....corrosion and also what appears to be the chrome lifting off the tire bead contact surface of the wheel. There was also "transfer" on the tire bead as well. He said he sees this all the time, it's very common, and it was definitely causing the slow leak.

For now, he cleaned the bead seat of the wheel up a little bit, and applied a coat of bead sealant to help seal the tire. I'm sure the condition is similar on the other 3 wheels, which are the 22s shown in my "signature picture." The DT manager also said there is a company in Dallas that can machine/restore the bead a little bit to remove the corrosion and chrome and smooth out the sealing surface for about $175 a wheel.

Tomorrow I'm going to review my extended warranty to see if perhaps the wheels can be evaluated and deemed defective, but I'm not counting on that.

Any suggestions, opinions or experiences with this type of problem much appreciated.
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby 19trax95 » Nov 07 2019, 5:10am

I know the OEM 20s and 18s that are "chrome" are just chrome clad and they are known to do that and flake the chrome off.

Perhaps the same is happening there?
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby Tatsngats » Nov 07 2019, 6:31am

Time to upgrade to some aftermarket wheels!
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby GBSierraSLE » Nov 07 2019, 4:27pm

Not an uncommon problem here in the rust belt but a little odd it would happen in your neck of the woods.
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby roorancher [OP] » Nov 07 2019, 6:19pm

Well, as I suspected, the wheels are not covered under the extended service plan....Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Ally considers them a "consumable/replaceable," similar to how they classify a tire or body part.

At some time when the truck was sold new the 20" polished aluminum wheels with 275/55 R20 tires were replaced with what's on the truck now....22" plated chrome wheels with 285/45 R22 tires. And, after looking at my receipts, I actually replaced the tires in the middle of March, so they currently only have 18,000 miles on them, a way to go before they need to be replaced.

I don't really want anything fancy, "radical," or aftermarket, and I think my best bet would be to start looking at FB Marketplace for some polished aluminum "takeoffs," as opposed to chrome plated steel. I have time, so I can watch for the best price, with or without tires.

Suggestions or opinions are much appreciated. The trucks looks a little different now from the signature picture, as the tow mirrors now have painted caps, and the OEM running boards have been replaced with AMP Power Steps.

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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby SierraHarley » Nov 07 2019, 8:15pm

I would make sure any polished wheels are clear coated or you'll have a lot of fun keeping up with them, polishing all the time.

If I were you I'd drop down to non donk size and maybe even slap some GMC wheels on that Chevy.
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby judsonlimited » Nov 07 2019, 8:26pm

Get some snowflake wheels!!!!
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby roorancher [OP] » Nov 07 2019, 8:57pm

judsonlimited wrote:Get some snowflake wheels!!!!


Meh.....only a millennial would like "snowflake" wheels..LOL!!!
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby GBSierraSLE » Nov 07 2019, 9:21pm

Personally, I really like the wheels that are on your truck currently, Jeff. I'd go with an OEM replacement set.
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Re: Corrosion/Chrome lifting on OEM wheel bead

Postby BigBlue2014 » Nov 07 2019, 9:30pm

Jeff. I actually love the 22's that are on your truck right now, and if I was to go up a size from my 20's those would be the wheels I would run on my truck. I agree with your plan and keep an eye on FB and CL and just keep an eye out for another set.
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