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I took my car to Autobell over the week end.

Like many car washs, there are rails to keep the car straight while it is pulled through the wash.

Taking a close look at the left front wheel, I noticed 3 scratches, one of them pretty deep, caused by the rail - needless to say I am furious!

Obviousely the rubber lip of the tire is not wide enough to protect the rim.

Any one of you experiencing the same thing???

I consider this a design flaw that should be covered by the warranty.
 

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I took my car to Autobell over the week end.

Like many car washs, there are rails to keep the car straight while it is pulled through the wash.

Taking a close look at the left front wheel, I noticed 3 scratches, one of them pretty deep, caused by the rail - needless to say I am furious!

Obviousely the rubber lip of the tire is not wide enough to protect the rim.

Any one of you experiencing the same thing???

I consider this a design flaw that should be covered by the warranty.
I've had my SRT-8 for 3 1/2 months. I wash it every day or two. Probably 50 times or more so far. Not one scratch on the rims. Sounds more like a Car Wash flaw then a flaw in the car design.

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We have Mike's here in Indiana. They do a good job, but I am careful not to go in when there is a very dirty/muddy vehicle in front of me. They also have an optional wheel/tire cleaner(actually white wall cleaner) brushes that will kill any wheel out there, thank God they were my snow wheels and not my dueces. The wheels were scratched so badly it blew my mind. Live and learn. :AR15firin


Choppersrule, If you didn't bring it to their attention when it happened you're SOL. That's what happened to me.
 

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I had this happen on my other car (22's ToyoS) I'll never have it puuled through a car wash again.
In the winter I drive into touchless car watches and finish by hand (safer).
 

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I would never even consider going through an automatic wash.

All hand on these cars.
 

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hmm I only bring my 300C throught the car wash and have never had a problem with it getting scratched, alothough it did rip the antenna off my truck. The carwash i go to is not a touchless but it is a brushless. I am an absolute fanatic about my car and would notice the littlest scratch. I take it through and then put a coat of spray wax on it and clean the crome rims with flints.
 

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Design flaw?? Wow...

Question - if you rub against the curb and scratch it because it's a 20 inch rim, is it still a design flaw?

Sorry about your wheels - but that one is on you for taking it through a car wash.
 

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Design flaw?? Wow...

Question - if you rub against the curb and scratch it because it's a 20 inch rim, is it still a design flaw?

Sorry about your wheels - but that one is on you for taking it through a car wash.

I have to agree here.
 

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If I owned a GM product I would be worried, their paint is tooo soft, after 40 plus Mikes car washes(auto) the 300 paint looks great and so do the wheels(22'z), I hug the inside rub rail.

Hand washes are you those with time or own a vehicle that won't go through the car wash. Auto car washes have come a long way. Always wanted an auto wash that one of my Vipers would have gone through. Mike's is wonderful.

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I just feel that me hand washing my car or bike or whatever I have a particular affliction with is better for my nerves personally. That way the hassle of figuring out who to blame is eliminated.

Simple.
 

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5point7 said:
Design flaw?? Wow...

Question - if you rub against the curb and scratch it because it's a 20 inch rim, is it still a design flaw?

Sorry about your wheels - but that one is on you for taking it through a car wash.
Rubbing against a curb is one thing, this would be definetely my fault - I'm with you in this point

Not beeing able to drive through a car wash with a stock rim is a design flaw in my humble opinion.
 
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