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Old 16 Nov 2005, 03:55 pm
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Default Fixing Bead Corrosion ?

I've got corrosion on the bead of at least one of my '03 GT's alloys, causing a slow leak. Slow being down to 2 days. Discovered this when I took it to a tire place and they dismounted the tire. They sanded/filed the corrosion, and said it was at least a temporary fix. It's held 40 psi for a good 5 days now, but . . .

Has anyone had experience with correction of this type of corrosion? Could I hope to recover the other rims as they go bad in the same way for the longer term by sanding and/or taking a Dremel to the corrosion to smooth down the bead seal? I sure can't afford the $630 a wheel for OEM replacements.

Is it really a matter of getting some brand of wheels other than the OEM ones ? Or is it a common problem across brands of chromed aluminum wheels?
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Old 16 Nov 2005, 07:57 pm
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All I can tell you is that other owners have had the same problem. Some (under warranty) got new wheels from the dealer.
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Old 16 Nov 2005, 09:23 pm
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like crewzin said if the car is still covered bring it back to the dealership
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Old 16 Nov 2005, 11:29 pm
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quote:Originally posted by bobs turbo pt

like crewzin said if the car is still covered bring it back to the dealership
Unfortunately, my GT has 60K miles and no warranty left on stuff like wheels. So it's a matter of either saving the stock chrome alloys or planning to replace them with something else that maybe doesn't look as nice.
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Old 17 Nov 2005, 01:26 pm
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My suggestion -
Look for folks who've upgraded & are selling off their stock wheels:


Better if you post a wanted thread...
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Old 17 Nov 2005, 04:41 pm
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Shortly before I bought some new tires, I had a tire go flat over-night. I aired it back up and it held fine. Later, when the new tires were being mounted I saw the build up of white corrosion inside the bead of the rim and figured that was the cause.

I cleaned it up before the new tires were mounted and no leaks after 3 months but I'm still holding my breath. Only one wheel had the corrosion problems (so far). I've got the 17", GT, chrome wheels.
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