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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 "Cock 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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Thanks for the idea,could be however there is degrading in and around the centre of the wheel as well so shopping trolley not to sure and as far as i know the wheels as never been off the car as i have owned from new.
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I had some marks/pitting& scratches on my Zetec wheel.I tried all the usual suspects for cleaning but to no avail.I then happened upon something called Doktor Power (yep it is the correct spelling).I got it from Wilkinsons.It comes in a yellow/lime green circular container with the name in luminous pink on the top & sides.It retails at £4,99.
Onec you open it,take out the sponge & soak in cold wates,then squeeze off the excess,wipe it on the paste & squeeze the sponge then apply to surface & let it do it`s stuff.After a couple of mins wipe off with a wet cloth.This worked on my wheels but the damage was not too servere.You can also get this product in a foam block called magic Eraser.
If you have any scuff marks on you bumpers/wing mirrors the eraser is the better of the two for removing them.
I`m well impressed with these two products although,DON`T use on bodywork paint unless you want to spend time waxing & polishing for a short time
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After seeing the pics i tend to agree with Rich. Perhaps the wheel was put face down when a new tyre was put on or something along those lines. it only takes a minute scuff to allow water, brake dust and the like to atack the paint and alloy. It does not look to me to be a paint fault.
Have you tried buffing it out with cutting paste ?

then give it a spray of laquer
 

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Thanks mate not sure as i said these are the tyres from new and this has only become apparent in a short period of time. Am gonna look into some cutting paste, just waiting for ford to get back to me as they are looking into it. Thanks
 

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Autoglym do a brilliant cutting paste & you could also try Autosol,a chrome,aluminumS/steel,brass & copper polish.
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thats water getting under the lacquermate, dont rub with cutting paste as the finish will no longer match as you will be removing the lacquer, you wont be able to recreate the diamond cut finish you will be only be able to do a polished finish. i had A8 wheels which were diamond cut as well and had this exact same problem. once you buff away the lacquer to a polished finish it will need polishing alot to keep it thay way
 

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Thanks for the advice mate am in dialect with Ford Customer relations centre, hope to get an answer tom as if they are prepared to assist in the repair as i have had to prove the car is fully dealer serviced ect. Thanks to all who advised. Cheers.
 

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I had the same problem on my mondeo st220. The wheels have a diamond cut finish and water can easily get underneath and lift the laquer. I found using chemicals to clean the wheel made it worse and the worst offender was wonder wheels. If you get them refurbed they will rub down then spray silver as refurfbing a diamond cut wheel is a specialist and exspensive job.I even tried doing one wheel myself by rubbing down with wet and dry then spraying clear laquer but did not work all that well.
 

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Thanks to all who advised finally got Ford to give in they are going to pay 75% of £75 to repair my wheel so around £52, due to the weather been a nightmare to get my local wheel specialist in to do the repair but he is quoting anything from £35 up to £100 and he has seen the pics of the damage. So all is not lost if you have a similar problem. Keep whinging at Ford.
 
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