Saturn Sl Hubcaps
Saturn SI Hubcaps: Uncovering Some of the Common Problems
The hubcaps of your Saturn SI are decorative add-ons to your vehicle that can easily grab anyone's attention. However, since they are located on the surface of the wheels, they are prone to dirt and damage from road spray. Aside from that, the uneven road surface can also cause the hubcaps to fall-off. If you begin to notice that the hubcaps of your car are starting to show symptoms, then you have to do some troubleshooting. Here are some of the common problems you have to take note:
There can be a number of reasons why the hubcaps of your vehicle suddenly becomes loose. One of them is the impact the wheels receive from driving over bumps and potholes. Another possible reason is the lubricant products or silicone you might have applied on the surface of the steel wheels. This can cause the hubcaps to slip and roll off the vehicle. Last one is a deformed wheel that fails to hold the hubcaps properly. To solve these problems, you can use a nylon tie that can hold the hubcaps in place.
Scratches and rust on the hubcap's surface
Scratches on your Saturn SI hubcaps are inevitable because they can easily come from road spray wherever you drive. However, if the scratches are not removed immediately, they can turn to rust and spread all over the hubcap. When this happens, you have to prepare materials like a brass wire wheel and steel wool to remove the rust on the surface. When the rust has been completely wiped out, you can paint the hubcap and protect it from scratches. Buffing the hubcap and applying a plastic cleaner is also a good way to maintain your car's hubcaps.
Fading hubcap coating
Another common issue with the hubcaps is the fading paint or coating. This happens when the hubcaps are old or not cleaned properly. Aside from that, the harmful effect of the sun's UV rays contribute to the fading as well. To make your hubcaps shine once again, you can repaint it after you've wet sanded its surface. You should also use an automotive primer, spray paint, and an automotive clear coat to top it off.