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Washing the RL this weekend I noticed that the center hubs on my front wheels are starting to discolor. They have a white shadowing on the chrome look finish. Has anyone else seen this?
 

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One of the center caps on my '10 was discolored while it was still sitting on the lot. I had them replace it before I took delivery. Several months later, they are all starting to take on a slightly blotchy/yellowed/milky appearance. No chemicals other than car wash and water ever come into contact with any part of the wheels (i.e., no tire shine).
 

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My 2010 is doing the same thing after having it almost a year. Just soap and water here too.
 

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2 of mine were blotchy the other 2 where nice and shiny, so I originally thought some wise ass at the shop popped them off and replaced them with older ones. But, don't think so now that I hear others are having the same problem. I ordered new ones, only about 6 bucks each, and put a good coat of wax on them before installing, we'll see how these hold up.
 

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Looks like inferior quality coating over the aluminum that isn't holding up to moisture and/or UV. May also be contamination of the aluminum before it is coated since it appears to be under the clear coat instead of on the surface. I had a similar problem with virtually identical center caps (without the "H") 18 years ago on my '92 Grand Am.

The '06 Ridgeline had plastic caps with a molded "H" before they changed to aluminum with a painted "H" in '07 (cost savings at work I'm sure).
 

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Glad to hear I'm not the only one. Sorry to hear others are having the issue. Only soap and water here too. It is definitely under the clear coat. I'll see what the dealer says about replacing them.
 

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Same here on my '09. Looking gray shadow like on all four. I aften thought I did something but just soap and water.
 

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Can't help ya', I painted mine not too long ago! :)

(Yeah, I know - terribly helpful - shoulda kept quiet)

- Chip
 
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