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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-09-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

Anybody have an enclave with the chrome wheel option and live in a snowy environment? not a good idea? i can't seem to find an enclave without the chrome rims, but Toronto in the winter is a lot of snow and salt, just wondering if anybody took this risk (without switching out to steel rims in the winter)
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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

Chrome wheels in Chicago. Going on 3 months of a very snowy winter for us. Wheels seem to be holding up very well. Started using Eagle One Chrome wheel cleaner and the stuff is awesome! Comes in a hand sprayer and it foams as you spray it on. No brushing and a hose off 1 minute later and they look like new. Done it a few times since end of Nov.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

No issues here in Minnesota but I suspect I will not see an issue for a few years yet if it were to happen. Hopefully chrome wheels would not show an issue the first winter.

And we use plenty of salt/chemicals here in MN in the winter.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

what kind of issues are you worried about?

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

salt corrodes and pits chrome, so the wheels don't look that good after awhile

some people say hose them down after driving on freshly salted roads, but that doesn't sound too practical

some people say coat the chrome in vaseline to avoid the corrosion and some say that doesnt' work
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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

I guess I'm old enough to remember when all cars had chrome bumpers. Yes, eventually all chrome products, if not taken care of properly, will pit and corrode. Thinking back, I remember that some cars had rusted bumpers, but they also had rusted paint, dents in the fenders, etc. Other cars had nice shiny chrome bumpers and nice clean paint, even though they were of the same generation as the the rust buckets. Difference? How the owner took care of the vehicle. Regular washing and waxing would seem to be the answer. Not that you have to wash/hose off after every trip, but on a "regular" basis. Waxing chrome is just as good for the chrome as it is for the paint. I would contend that the chrome wheels probably suffer no more, and potentially less, than the bumpers of old suffered the ravages of winter and salt!

Bottom line, I will care for the chrome wheels like I care for the paint and let the chips fall where they may.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

the rims are chrome plated aluminum. The rusted bumpers of the old days weren't aluminum. Sure the chrome could pit, but I have had aluminum rims that have pitted also. Like you said, take care of them the best that you can.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

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the rims are chrome plated aluminum. The rusted bumpers of the old days weren't aluminum. Sure the chrome could pit, but I have had aluminum rims that have pitted also. Like you said, take care of them the best that you can.
The rust example was just a way of illustrating a break down in the chrome. As you said, aluminum wheels can and do corrode as well when their coating breaks down.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

If your worried about keeping the chromes in good shape, I have an extra set of 19" non-chrome wheels and tires
I will sell you for 750.00 plus shipping they come with lug nuts and the sensors. You would be set for quite awhile as far as tires are concerned if you rotated them by the seasons.

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Re: Chrome wheels in the snow? Bad idea?

I had a 2002 Olds "Intrigue" that had chrome wheels. I sold it to my best friend in 2005. It now has 90,000 miles on it...all New York City driving...and the wheels look like new...with no better care than being cleaned at a car wash. Hey, this is a made-in-America car, not an import!

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