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post #1 of 19 Old 11-08-2009, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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All advice welcome, Got a 57 plate 1.8 petrol Titanium with 15000 on the clock just noticed my front passenger alloy is showing signs of degrading, can only explain it on close inspectionas a splash/stain effecton the wheel. It has happened in 6 places on the wheel and range from 5p size to 10p size. Spoke to my local dealer who advised me they are warrentied for a year only. Explained the car is low milage and not thrashed and is only 2 years old, the only answer i got was there is nothing we can do. Has any one got any advice as to my next port of call as i dont expect to pay 18000 for a brand new car andfind within 2 years a part on it is failing even though the car has been dealer serviced.
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Two thoughts
firstly this is just another example of how limited are the terms of any warranty you get. It probably would be excluded under "Wear and Tear"
sexondly it may be worth trying to find an alloy wheel specialist and try to find what has caused the problem and if it is chemical how it can be stopped (just a thought -there aren't any dogs locally who like to "**** their leg" are there?)




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Perhaps have look around the net and see if others who own a Ford make car, not just CMax, have had simular problems at such a early stage? More ammo to go back to the dealer if successful.
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I noticed this on my alloys yesterday, givin the fact that purchased the car second hand I got one alloy refurbed and notice that that it seems stained or worn already as if the lacquer is coming off, not something I would expect with a refurbed wheel from the dealer, the others have marks on them like tar or just general wear and tear.

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Sounds to me that some chemicalhas been spilled or splashed on the wheel and eaten into the paint. Alloy wheel paint is very tough and IF one of your wheels is degrading you can be sure the rest will follow if theres a fault in the paint as 99.9% of the time all the wheels were made 1 after the other in production so they will all have the same fault. as one of your wheels is at fault this tends to point to the fact that 1 wheel has possiblybeen splashed. Can you upload a photo?

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I have a funny feeling, that my wheel might not have been refurbed it could be the case it was swopped over when we were in the process of buying the car, the only thing I have used to clean my wheels are Stardrops and the autoglym shampoo.

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sorry my reply was for bestwah.

but the same goes for your wheels too. Something could have got splashed on them.
you never know what people drop nextto your car when your not there.
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No worries mate!

Yeah it has been known for the council to come down and spray weedkiller on the pavements/Kerb so might be case somethign has been splashed onto the alloy.

I don't tend to notice the wheels as usually the wife cleans the car or wheels and it so happended that I cleaned the car the other day that made me notice.

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Thanks Marshy heres a couple of pics of the wheel







Any suggestions as to what it may be are most welcome as if its a failing on Fords behalf ill be taking it all the way. Thanks for the advice on posting photos thats real simple.


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My first thought from the pictires is the wheels have been put flat on hard surface and then moved just slightly which has caused them to get slightly scratched or otherwise if this is unlikely that they've been bashed / scratched with a shopping trolley




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