Nareman Virk says that he
had a similar problem. The nut that holds the hub on is coming loose on
both sides and there is movement/play in both front wheels.
It made the whole driving experience very wishy washy and non-confidence
The best way to keep them clean is to treat them the same as paintwork.
Whenever you wax the body of the car wax the wheels as well. Try to clean
them using normal car shampoo (NOT fairy liquid) as often as possible
to prevent build up of brake dust. This can be very difficult to remove
if allowed to bake onto the wheels. Sad as it may be I clean my wheels
once a week and this seems to work okay. I tried using one of the after
market wheel cleaners on my last set of alloys to remove some stubborn
brake dust. Unfortunately I left it on just a little too long and it
badly marked the surface of the alloys. If you have to use this type of
product please be very careful and only attempt one wheel at a time.
Make sure you have plenty of water before you begin to rinse the product off.
Alex Wakefield says that it costs about £35 a wheel.
Nareman Virk says that it would
have cost him £50 a wheel for them to be refurbished and a further
£30 if they were also buckled. Even though he would have liked
to keep the car looking as original as possible it made more sense to
buy new wheels.
Alex Wakefield used Spit&Polish. However
after a couple of months the corrosion was once gain visible. Alex sent the wheels back
to Spit&Polish who tidied them up. The wheels came back initially
looking very smart however even with regular cleaning the corrosion soon came though
I say I have two types fitted to my car. One is called a Tri-lock. It's a circular bolt head with three small round holes in it. Around the outside is a loose sleeve to prevent mole grips taking grip. Over the top you place a push on shiny cap to prevent dirt getting into the holes and also to look better. You are supplied with one bolt head containing 3 pins that locate in the "unique&wuot; pattern of the bolt. I drove off the one day with this still attached, saw it fly past the window and fortunately found it. Quite lethal as it's quite heavy - you only do it once!!
The other set I have I brought with the Evo'R' wheels.
They are TSW locking wheel nuts and have a "unique" spine
on the outside. You would think that mole grips would take a hold but
they have special sloping edges to prevent this. The bolt head
you are given has a pattern that matches the grooves. The gaps between
the spines and the widths of them look identical but the head only
fits on in one position. I feel this is the better of the two designs.
Dear Mr Lee
It is not illegal to use a space saver tyre supplied for use with your vehicle by the manufacturer. A temporary use spare tyre is marked "temporary use only" in letters at least 4mm high and on a background of contrasting colour.It is designed for use only in the event of failure of one of the normal tyres.It is important to note that - a vehicle fitted with a temporary use spare tyre must not exceed 50mph. a standard tyre must be refitted as soon as possible. Only one temporary use spare tyre may be fitted at a time.
I hope the above is of assistance
My solution was to put them on with a 10mm spanner. Don't do them up too tight
as you don't want the valve to rotate in the wheel and you want to be able to
undo them. Obviously keep a spare 10mm spanner in the glove box!