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Std Steel Wheel Rust

our 06 is strting to get rust on the steel wheels. It is just out of its 3/36 warranty...not sure if any rust warranty applies. Anyone else having this occur. I never had it on any other car. It little steel wool removes it but it will no doubt come back and the wheels will get scratched up over time.

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The steel wheels on the base are just painted black and you put a hubcap on them, right? I'd think it is doubtful that you'd be able to claim this under a warranty, but it can't hurt to try.

FWIW, my other car is a 12 yr old Subaru Outback Sport. The steel rims on it have been showing a little light surface rust like you describe for about 4 or 5 years. I did fix it on one side, but never got around to the other side.

Assuming it isn't covered, I would suggest that you just try cleaning all the brake dust off the wheels, then hit them with a wire brush (I like the ones you just attach to a drill) and thoroughly cleanup the rust spots while roughing up the black finish everywhere else. Once you've done this, you should be able to prime and/or repaint the wheel using the paint of your choice. (Presumably, you'd want to use a flat black spray paint.)

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if you have the styled steel wheels of the base this is a common problem. mine rusted every year on my 07 and no doubt will on my 09 as well. i went back every spring and got new rims. if they are just starting to rust you must live in a warmer climate with little to no snow.
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i don't use ours in the snow and have waxed them a few times, not one spot of rust on any of the 5. about 30000km's on them and it sleeps outside. i think if they see use in the winter, thats when they will have rust issues.

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Hi,
My 97 4.1's Steel wheels rusted from day 1 when it was new, the first set were replaced under warranty, but the second set rusted too (i think that toyota expected everyone to get Alloys off the options list). I always promised myself a set, but never got around to it. So, every couple of years I take them off and give them a coat of Hammerite rust converter paint, they always seem to rust where the outer rim is welded to the main part of the wheel. This is the only part that seems to rust though. Ray

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I wish they'd offer a credit for the cost of the steel wheels towards soe sort of Alloys...

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My Mother just bought a 2011 Rav4 Base this spring and I've seen a good number of this generation around with rusty wheels. Anyone have any good suggestions for preventing the rust? I suppose waxing would be the best prevention.
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I have experienced rust (yet!!!) on my rims, but have experienced chipping/peeling of the coating..

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will extended warranty cover this issue with 08 sport 18" rims

Alloys in snow/salt
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Just popping my head into this thread...
I got a set of take -offs( steel) that I'm going to use for snow tires. My experience is that winter and salt are tough on alloys too... but alloys cost way more than steel
. Plus it's a lot easier to touch up steel yourself. Stripping alloys and reapplying clear coat is not a job for amateurs. But maybe there is some kind of heavy duty polymer sealant that can be applied as part of wash/ detailing to slow down the start of rusting... anyone care to make a recommendation?

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That's what you get when you buy Toyota car or truck! Lots if rust and steel rims that can't be balanced? when you take your wheels to the tire shop for balancing, watch the wheels as they get balanced: they wobble. the tire shop won't tell you that. they will balance the wheels even if they can't be balanced because they want to get paid! look at wheels as they spin at the tire shop if you doubt me!
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