: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims



SRX312
08-28-11, 01:34 PM
Unfortunately, I ran up against a curb and the chrome tech wheel rims on my 2012SRX got scratched and kinda bruised in a spot. Does anyone know how much it would cost to buy one new wheel at the dealership or online? Do people normally replace a wheel when it gets damaged from the curb or does it happen so much that you just live with it? Can these things be repaired to look like new or is it just better to buy a new one? Thank you.

sube5186
08-28-11, 04:54 PM
Unfortunately, I ran up against a curb and the chrome tech wheel rims on my 2012SRX got scratched and kinda bruised in a spot. Does anyone know how much it would cost to buy one new wheel at the dealership or online? Do people normally replace a wheel when it gets damaged from the curb or does it happen so much that you just live with it? Can these things be repaired to look like new or is it just better to buy a new one? Thank you.

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Chrome Tech wheels are comprised of a chrome plated plastic cap that's permanently bonded to an alloy wheel. The layer of chrome is too thin to be repairable.

I'm not trying to rub salt in your wounds, nor am I being sarcastic, but I'm beginning to believe I'm the only one on here who tilts the exterior rear-view mirrors down when parallel parking. This allows you to see exactly where your wheels are in relation to the curb. I've been doing this for decades and have never even scraped a tire against the curb, let alone a chrome wheel. The SRX can even be programmed (via the Config Menu) to do this for you automatically. Might be a good habit for everyone to practice.


Sube

Marc NY
08-29-11, 06:18 AM
Once the wheel has been touched by either a car-wash or curbs it is over! You can't repair them only replace them. The cost is between $650-$700.00. The car-washes and our severe winters up north and tons of salt made me think twice on getting the Chrome wheels again. I choose the safer of the two options this time around.

No doubt those chrome wheels are very beautiful... you just can't touch them from any angle or you are done! I should know, I had GM replace all four due to pitting over the winter months (GM will only replace them once) and two more due to carwash damage ... :( That was enough to get me to change back over to the standard rims.

Ponyman
08-29-11, 04:09 PM
If we ever damage one, I will look at aftermarket chrome rims. You can get a set of four for not a whole lot more than one chrome tech. Thankfully here in the south we don't have to contend with salt on the roads. just wives that use the curb as a feeler.

RippyPartsDept
08-29-11, 05:10 PM
PM me with your email address, zipcode and VIN and I can get you a price quote with shipping

(You will need to get yourself up to 10 posts before you can use the PM system...)

PJ1520
08-30-11, 12:09 PM
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Chrome Tech wheels are comprised of a chrome plated plastic cap that's permanently bonded to an alloy wheel. The layer of chrome is too thin to be repairable.

I'm not trying to rub salt in your wounds, nor am I being sarcastic, but I'm beginning to believe I'm the only one on here who tilts the exterior rear-view mirrors down when parallel parking. This allows you to see exactly where your wheels are in relation to the curb. I've been doing this for decades and have never even scraped a tire against the curb, let alone a chrome wheel. The SRX can even be programmed (via the Config Menu) to do this for you automatically. Might be a good habit for everyone to practice.

Sube

Just to chime in on what Ponyman said, when the wife has the SRX all bets are off, even with the tilting mirrors. My wife can scrape the rims going forwards or backwards. :banghead: Backup sensors and cameras? Don't get me started. :banghead: :banghead: Parking in the tightest possible parking spot in the lots to cut down on the walk to the store door and insure carnage......:banghead::banghead::banghead:

PJ

wag 42
08-30-11, 12:38 PM
Check ebay...

11RavenBlack
08-31-11, 09:20 AM
Once the wheel has been touched by either a car-wash or curbs it is over! You can't repair them only replace them. The cost is between $650-$700.00. The car-washes and our severe winters up north and tons of salt made me think twice on getting the Chrome wheels again. I choose the safer of the two options this time around.

No doubt those chrome wheels are very beautiful... you just can't touch them from any angle or you are done! I should know, I had GM replace all four due to pitting over the winter months (GM will only replace them once) and two more due to carwash damage ... :( That was enough to get me to change back over to the standard rims.

Not to sound stupid, but how does a car wash damage rims? I use automatic car wash at least once a week and haven't noticed any damage.

Ponyman
08-31-11, 10:11 AM
If it is touchless, then probably no. If it has brushes that touch your vehicle, or it is one of those that grab a wheel and pull the vehicle though, then very likely.

Marc NY
08-31-11, 11:14 AM
Not to sound stupid, but how does a car wash damage rims? I use automatic car wash at least once a week and haven't noticed any damage.First there are NO stupid questions ... :)

As we all know most automatic car washes have a chain drive system. Those car washes will have padding on their rails and if you were to hit a rail hard enough it can cause permanent damage to a wheel especially if that wheel is made of chrome over plastic. How is that you say? Well If a vehicle approaches the rail system slightly off angle the chain-drive system will pull or yank a car into the proper guide path or alignment. I know because I have had that happen to me more than once.

The miss-alignment can happen when a driver gets temporary blinded by a soap covered windshield where one may not be able to see the proper rail guide path. That happens when a worker sprays your windshield with a soapy spray to help cut the grime and bugs off it (and you have to allow that soap to saturate the dirt and bugs long enough before you clear the windshield off). This process can block your view just long enough so that you will not be able to see how your approach is going. If that happens you will get caught going into the rail system off angle. The chain will then actually pull your vehicle into proper alignment which can cause the car's driver side wheel to hit the side guide rail very hard. If you hit the guide rail hard enough it can cause a fractured stress mark on your chrome over plastic covered wheel. Hitting a wheel that is made of chrome over plastic will be disastrous because any direct hard hit will crack or break the surface of the 20" chrome hubcap. I call it a hubcap because it is not one solid chrome piece wheel. If you look very closely you will see that the chrome over plastic portion is actually pressed onto the rim. You can see that it is actually a two step process if you were to look more closely at rim.

Yes one beautiful wheel ... but one very sensitive one!

sube5186
08-31-11, 11:50 AM
This is precisely why I don't trust "ANY" automated car wash. And if you think the risk is limited to chrome wheels, you're mistaken. I've known people who have had regular alloy wheels damaged by car washes as well.

Solution? Hand washing. It's the only option that makes sense. Even in the winter, as long as the temperature is above freezing, you'll find me hand washing my car in the driveway. With a good pair of heavy duty insulated rubber gloves, you'll never know the difference.


Sube

cvettr/cts-v
08-31-11, 12:05 PM
lol reading the post above made me laugh at the sound of the words chrome over. sounds like comb over. Which is kinda what these chrome tech wheels they are basicall like a comb over to hide something else

11RavenBlack
08-31-11, 02:04 PM
Well, I just found a new job for my daughter - designated car washer. :thumbsup:

sube5186
08-31-11, 05:03 PM
Well, I just found a new job for my daughter - designated car washer. :thumbsup:

Nothing wrong with that. I was my Dad's designated car washer throughout my teen years. He never could figure out why I was always so enthusiastic about washing his car. It was because I was secretly sneaking and driving it. :histeric: Told him years later and we both had a good laugh about it.


Sube

PJ1520
09-01-11, 10:00 AM
I find it hard to believe that the better wheel shops cannot repair these types of chrome tech rims. I need to call my local rim repair place I use and get their take on this. Their parking lot is always filled with upscale cars, original and modified. Local auto dealerships, including MB, BMW, Acura, Lexus, Infinity, etc.) all use this place as an outsource shop, even on new vehicles that arrive at the dealership with a wheel flaw. Cadillac rims cannot be unique in this regard, or are they?

PJ

RippyPartsDept
09-01-11, 10:35 AM
we have used a really good wheel repair guy locally for some years now and he says there's nothing that can be done (since it's plastic)

Marc NY
09-01-11, 10:55 AM
we have used a really good wheel repair guy locally for some years now and he says there's nothing that can be done (since it's plastic)Jim You would think that there be would be a process put in place to be able to remove the damaged chrome (cap) section and be able to then get a new chrome cap and press it back onto the rim?

RippyPartsDept
09-01-11, 11:08 AM
Well since you can't buy a chrome cap to press back on the rim... so that's going to be a problem

and i would think the only way to get the chrome cap off is to melt it off the metal

cvettr/cts-v
09-01-11, 04:30 PM
I would think that it may be an issue because the adhesive and amount used if not pretty precise could make for balancing issues couldn't it?

PJ1520
09-01-11, 04:52 PM
You would be amazed at how out of wack alloy rims can be, even fresh out of the factory. Spend some time at a tire balancing place and they will be happy to share with you their horror stories, complete with vehicle brands where the wheels are worse than others!!!!

PJ

rtsittner
09-01-11, 07:34 PM
Even in the winter, as long as the temperature is above freezing, you'll find me hand washing my car in the driveway.

Better still... We had our builder add a hose bib off of the garage with a shower controller for it on the inside of the garage. I can wash the car with hot or cold water (or anywhere in between).:cool2: The neighbors know when I am washing my car in the winter - they can see the steam rising from the driveway!

Randy

sube5186
09-01-11, 08:32 PM
Better still... We had our builder add a hose bib off of the garage with a shower controller for it on the inside of the garage. I can wash the car with hot or cold water (or anywhere in between).:cool2: The neighbors know when I am washing my car in the winter - they can see the steam rising from the driveway!

Randy


OK, now I'm officially jealous. :smilewide:


Sube

Marc NY
11-08-11, 10:24 AM
Once the wheel has been touched by either a car-wash or curbs it is over! You can't repair them only replace them. The cost is between $650-$700.00. The car-washes and our severe winters up north and tons of salt made me think twice on getting the Chrome wheels again. I choose the safer of the two options this time around.

No doubt those chrome wheels are very beautiful... you just can't touch them from any angle or you are done! I should know, I had GM replace all four due to pitting over the winter months (GM will only replace them once) and two more due to carwash damage ... :( That was enough to get me to change back over to the standard rims. I had a member ask me again about the Chrome Wheels and what were some of the concerns or issues I had and or a few of our other members had.

First, I want to restate that they are BEAUTIFUL wheels and for those who live in the warmer climates and don't mind spending the extra time in maintaining them and being careful with them they are GREAT wheels. :)

NOTE: A new member wanted me to post a photo of a pitted rim so here it is. Remembering those that have harsh winters (lots of salt) I believe it will be very difficult not to keep your wheels (pit free) clean. I washed my vehicle at least 3 times a week and still I got some pitting.

This photo is not my old 2010 SRX wheel but a friend of mine who lives near me. He had the same issues I had but has not taken them in to the dealer yet for an exchange. I think he is waiting until near the end of his warranty coverage.

paid4c4
11-12-11, 12:14 PM
These are listed on the gmpartsdirect.com website for 2012 SRX's, could this be the answer?
http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm?singlepart=1&AddPartNumber=19258468&partnumber=19258468
Bill

RippyPartsDept
11-12-11, 12:35 PM
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/866/19258468wheel.jpg

#19258468 - that's actually a package of four part number ... just fyi - i think you'll have to buy four

not sure if they come with the center cap (although the picture does show it with center cap wheels rarely/never come with a center cap)

...

i'm very interested what GMPD want's for 'processing and handling' aka shipping charges

Ponyman
11-12-11, 01:00 PM
My only experience with GMPD was bad. They had a set of running boards for my HHR. Decent price, and decent shipping. I ordered them, and they came back saying they had the peice wrong and wanted another $150 or so. The old bait and switch. I emphatically told them to go H__L and got them from another source. A month or so later, another HHR owner on the HHR forum had the exact thing happen to her through GMPD. Down to the penny what they wanted extra over their listed price. Now wouldn't you think a reputable vendor would have corrected their pricing error after the first time. Assuming that my problem was the first time.

paid4c4
11-12-11, 02:08 PM
I have had poor experiences with GMPARTSDIRECT so I went on line to buy the wheels. Guess what it's a package of four wheels/covers at a Total:$1,328.29. Another rip off by GMPD. I ran the part number with several other GM parts sites and discovered them at 302 a piece with 20 dollars to ship. I'll have to call to see what this part really is; a cover or a wheel, does this mean the chrome part of the wheels can be separated and replaced?
Bill

RippyPartsDept
11-12-11, 02:22 PM
it's a wheel... but you have to buy the package ... their price is what each wheel costs inside that package

i can sell them individually (by their individual part numbers) but they cost a little bit more

GM's accessory wheels always have this weird two or three part number mess going on and just looking at a single part number is deceiving

sube5186
11-12-11, 02:23 PM
Another place to avoid is www.newgmparts.com. I ordered a rear fascia cover from these folks. I was emphatic when informing them of the specific part no. These idiots proceeded to send a rear fascia cover for a completely different vehicle. It wasn't even close in design or color. When I informed them of their error, they first accused me of ordering the wrong part. However, I shut them up quickly when I forwarded their own confirmation email listing the correct part no. Even the box it came in had the wrong part no. printed on the outside label. It was if somebody just picked up the first fascia cover they came across and decided to ship it to me. Stevie Wonder could have done a better job with my order! I returned the incorrect part with a lengthy detailed letter. I also enclosed a copy of the UPS receipt in the package. Based on their own policy from their website, I was entitled to a refund for my return shipping costs. After waiting several days after I confirmed their receipt of the package, I contacted them to ask about my refund. I was told it was coming. After more emails and phone calls, the original person I spoke to (Jason) mysteriously never seemed to be available. After being intentionally ignored for several weeks, I finally had to ask for Jason's supervisor. I explained the entire situation to him, whereupon he stated he'd have to confirm everything. After that was done, he finally agreed to credit my CC for the shipping cost......AFTER TWO WHOLE MONTHS OF HAGGLING!!! Imagine that. It took me $100 worth of effort to recoup $10.38. It was never about the money. It was the principle. I shouldn't have to pay for their mistake. Moral of the story? Avoid this place like the plague.


Sube

MnMs
11-19-11, 10:49 PM
These are listed on the gmpartsdirect.com website for 2012 SRX's, could this be the answer?
http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm?singlepart=1&AddPartNumber=19258468&partnumber=19258468
Bill

It looks like the actual wheel, all four would cost $1,328.29 ?