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Mazda Protege Wheel Covers

Mazda Protege Wheel Covers: Three Usual Problems and How to Solve Them

The wheel covers of your Mazda Protege don't just add style and appeal to your car, they also protect the wheels from dust and harmful road elements. However, the hubcaps are prone to damage from road debris, and if the damage is not noticed immediately, it may cause various problems. When the wheel covers of your vehicle is starting to show signs of wearing down, you should perform some troubleshooting as soon as possible. Here are some of the common problems you might encounter:

Wheel covers falling off

This problem can happen to any type of Mazda Protege wheel covers, whether it's a clip- or bolt-on style. Although wheel covers that fall-off are usually caused by the impact from potholes and bumps, another possible cause is the slippery surface of the wheels from silicone or wax that you might have applied. Another similar problem is the glossy paint that you might have used to decorate the wheels. In these cases, you should roughen the slippery area where the hubcap makes contact to the wheel. This can help the hubcap grab the wheel better.

Noise coming from the wheel covers

There can be some instances where you can hear noise from the wheel covers after your car hit bumps on the road. A possible culprit is a deformed wheel that could have been a result of the impact from road hazard. The wheel cover might be clipped correctly on one side of the wheel but is loose on the other side. This position of the wheel cover could have created the noise each time it hits the wheel's surface. To solve this, you can use nylon ties to hold the cover securely to the wheel.

Cracks on the surface of the wheel covers

There are two culprits that can cause the wheel covers of your car to crack. The first one is road spray like stones or sand. Another is the wrong size of the wheel cover. If the size of the wheel covers is too small for the wheels of your car, it may cause the covers to crack or break. You should consider buying a replacement that is fit to snug the around wheel, not something that wouldn't fit.

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  • Three Easy Tips to Make Your Mazda Protege Wheel Covers Sparkle 27 February 2013

    The wheel covers of your Mazda Protege are designed to protect the wheels and lug nuts from dirt and rust. Aside from that, they also contribute to your car's aesthetic appeal especially if you have installed high-end, chrome-type wheel covers. However, just like the other parts of your vehicle, the wheel covers will eventually show signs of aging and they will eventually wear down. To prolong the good quality and sparkling look of your Protege's wheel covers, here are some maintenance tricks you can perform:


    Clean the wheel covers properly.


    Cleaning your Mazda Protege wheel covers is simple and easy, and it will only take a few minutes to finish. In spite of that, you should know if you're doing it correctly or not. The first thing you have to remember is to remove the wheel covers from the wheels. Otherwise, you won't be able to clean their back portions thoroughly, and this will leave soap stains that might attract even more dirt. Another thing you should keep in mind is to use a sponge or a soft rag with automotive soap. You shouldn't use a hard sponge because it will leave swirl marks on the surfaces of the wheel covers.


    Know which type of products are applicable on the wheel covers.


    First off, you should know what type of materials your wheel covers are made from. Only then you can determine the cleaning products that you can use on them. For example, if you have chrome-finished wheel covers, you should only use the products that are suitable for chrome. Remember that chrome wheel covers should never be waxed. If you already have a cleaning product at home but you're unsure if it's applicable or not, you can test it by applying only a small portion on the wheel cover and observing its effects.


    Check the attachment of the wheel covers regularly.


    If you have installed clip-on wheel covers on your car, you have to check them regularly because uneven road condition may force it to pop out from the wheels. If a wheel cover does fall off, you need to check the clips first before you snap it back on the wheel. Place it back slowly to avoid damage or crack on the clips. If you have a bolt-on wheel cover, all you need to do is tighten them using a lug wrench. The wheel cover shouldn't come off easily when you try to remove them using your hands.