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.