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    Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Quote Originally Posted by SRX312 View Post
    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.


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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Quote Originally Posted by sube5186 View Post
    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.

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    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. Backup sensors and cameras? Don't get me started. Parking in the tightest possible parking spot in the lots to cut down on the walk to the store door and insure carnage......

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Check ebay...

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc NY View Post
    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.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Quote Originally Posted by 11RavenBlack View Post
    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!

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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.


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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Well, I just found a new job for my daughter - designated car washer.

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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    Quote Originally Posted by 11RavenBlack View Post
    Well, I just found a new job for my daughter - designated car washer.
    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. Told him years later and we both had a good laugh about it.


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    Re: Damage to my chrome tech wheel rims

    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?

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