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Hi all,

I'm really enjoying my SeltosEX which has turned out to be quite the winter road warrior! Two snowstorms down, and with Continential Winter Contact SI tires, this AWD platform has no problem on some surprisingly steep climbs. I did opt to get my winters mounted on steel rims, however, and have noted quite a bit of rust on the centre of the hub, the part on the car itself (probably using the wrong terms here!), on all four wheels.

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I assume this is just a steel part that is expected to rust, but it is quite unsightly. I'm quite unfamiliar with these matters, so I'm wondering, is there a way to hide/diminish the appearance of this?

Thanks!

David
 

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Options:
1. Use a wheel with a center cap.
2. Rinse road salt off your car more often.
3. Leave a oil film on the center of the hub.
4. Mask and paint the center hub after brushing off the rust with a wire brush, scotch brite, or sandpaper.
 

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Hi all,

I'm really enjoying my SeltosEX which has turned out to be quite the winter road warrior! Two snowstorms down, and with Continential Winter Contact SI tires, this AWD platform has no problem on some surprisingly steep climbs. I did opt to get my winters mounted on steel rims, however, and have noted quite a bit of rust on the centre of the hub, the part on the car itself (probably using the wrong terms here!), on all four wheels.

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I assume this is just a steel part that is expected to rust, but it is quite unsightly. I'm quite unfamiliar with these matters, so I'm wondering, is there a way to hide/diminish the appearance of this?

Thanks!

David
Read something not long ago in regards to Kia's or Hyundai (both similar) having issues with salt and corrosion in the US on winter roads. Think it was a recall on axels!
 

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Read something not long ago in regards to Kia's or Hyundai (both similar) having issues with salt and corrosion in the US on winter roads. Think it was a recall on axels!
All uncoated or unpainted carbon steels corrode when exposed to salt and water. The issue you refer to was back in 2013...more than seven years ago. I consider that long ago.

The issue was causing the shafts to fracture. This is not that. Surface rust is very different from rust through. It you live where they use salt and don't rinse your underside enough, you will have surface rust.
 

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All uncoated or unpainted carbon steels corrode when exposed to salt and water. The issue you refer to was back in 2013...more than seven years ago. I consider that long ago.
Well excuse me for saying that I read something not long ago! I actually read about it not long ago, this year. I never said when it happened. It was when I was looking up Kia problems to find things that may shed some light on my cars problems. I recalled reading about it. I'll make sure I fully detail with dates and times in the future.
Have a nice day.
 

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Hi all,

I'm really enjoying my SeltosEX which has turned out to be quite the winter road warrior! Two snowstorms down, and with Continential Winter Contact SI tires, this AWD platform has no problem on some surprisingly steep climbs. I did opt to get my winters mounted on steel rims, however, and have noted quite a bit of rust on the centre of the hub, the part on the car itself (probably using the wrong terms here!), on all four wheels.

View attachment 591

I assume this is just a steel part that is expected to rust, but it is quite unsightly. I'm quite unfamiliar with these matters, so I'm wondering, is there a way to hide/diminish the appearance of this?

Thanks!

David
if you can find phosphoric acid [OSPHO is one brand] and apply it, it will convert the iron oxide [rust] into phospho-oxide and never rust again. at which time you can paint it. OSPHO [America] will stop rust on everything.
 
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