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For those of you that are in Northumberland/Cumbria area primarily.

Although 3 of my alloys are being replaced under warranty - the one that I kerbed badly is having to be repaired. My local dealer (Telfords - Carlisle) has someone come in now from time to time that does repairs and according to them the cost is just £55 per wheel.


The guy only comes when there is sufficient work to justify it (min 6 items) - so I'm on a waiting list at the mo, but thought it might be helpful to anyone in the same boat in the same area.


The only other one in the area I came across was a place in North Shields and they needed the wheel for 3 days - a bit hard when you don't have a spare and live that far away :)
 

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For those of you that are in Northumberland/Cumbria area primarily.

Although 3 of my alloys are being replaced under warranty - the one that I kerbed badly is having to be repaired.  My local dealer (Telfords - Carlisle) has someone come in now from time to time that does repairs and according to them the cost is just £55 per wheel.


The guy only comes when there is sufficient work to justify it (min 6 items) - so I'm on a waiting list at the mo, but thought it might be helpful to anyone in the same boat in the same area.


The only other one in the area I came across was a place in North Shields and they needed the wheel for 3 days - a bit hard when you don't have a spare and live that far away :)
What kind of wheels do you have? Just to advise everyone that it is not possible to redo a diamond cut wheel with the original diamond cut finish from a mobile wheel workshop (I know as I used to have one). I have refurbed a DS3 diamond cut wheel with kerbing and prepped it to give the metal rim a similar level of 'shine' to the original DC, but if you put the two side by side, you could see which is which and no way round that without a full-on rework, especially with the two-tone finish with coloured inserts.
Of course, if you have a standard single colour painted wheel, then mobile repair is absolutely fine, and there should be quite a few people around who could do that without having to wait until there is a stack of wheels to do.
 

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Well it is a diamond cut wheel and as I'm having it done via the dealer then I expect it to be done to a standard they're happy with - it is being handed back at the end of the hire at the end of January, and as long as there are no quibbles with that then I'm fine with it. I must admit I was a bit surprised when they came up with this option, but as long as it works I'm happy with it.
 

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Long as they are sanctioning it and then don't turn round later and say it was not re-cut again and you will be charged, you're ok :)

Could you post a picture of the kerbed wheel? I'd be interested to see it.

I said I had done a DS3 Wheel ... Just looked and it was actually on a Picasso, but same two-tone with DC face.
No before pic, but this was the rear wheel for comparison:

And this was the front wheel after kerbing repaired and refinished.

I'd expect your wheel after refurb to have a similar look - the average car viewer would not see any difference at all and would be happy, but the end-of-lease inspectors are trained to be ultra-picky!Edited by: Hoovie
 

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Still haven't managed to get a pic of it yet, but will post when I have. I asked dealer to double-check with repair guy that he could do diamond cut repairs - he's pretty sure he can, but has taken pics to send to him to ask just in case.

Had other three wheels replaced under warranty today - damn one I kerbed was the only one that didn't show any pitting other than where I'd damaged it by kerbing <grr>
 

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Hi APM, I am new to the DS4 club, having just switched from the DS3, only had the car two weeks but noticed front 2 of my wheels shows signs of lacquer corrosion, the car is only 18 months old, can i ask how you went about claiming under your warranty for the 3 wheels you mentioned. I thought I would do the same shortly before leaving too long.

thanks Darren
 

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Hiya - simply contact your local dealer and mention the problem, and as long as the damage is caused by corrosion rather than kerbing or other damage they will take photos to send to Citroen and usually organise the replacement alloys and fittings in a couple of weeks.
 

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Here are the pics of my poorly alloy taken a couple of months back - got worse since a bit more bloom:







 

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Thanks, hate having alloys curbed too, the dealer i bought from is really close to me so will pop in there shortly, hopefully before i get chance to kirb any hahha, will let you know how i get onthanks again
Darren
 

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Here are the pics of my poorly alloy taken a couple of months back - got worse since a bit more bloom:

<a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/vschumpy/media/ssfpics/alloy1.jpg.html"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j76/vschumpy/ssfpics/alloy1.jpg" /></a>


<a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/vschumpy/media/ssfpics/alloy2.jpg.html"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j76/vschumpy/ssfpics/alloy2.jpg" /></a>


<a href="http://s77.photobucket.com/user/vschumpy/media/ssfpics/alloy3.jpg.html"><img src="http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j76/vschumpy/ssfpics/alloy3.jpg" /></a>
Did they agree to replace that wheel, or did they argue it was damaged at least partially through kerb contact?
 

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Did they agree to replace that wheel, or did they argue it was damaged at least partially through kerb contact?

Nope not this one as all damage was from kerbing (even the bit on the spoke where it slipped off the kerb). Could have possibly got away with just redoing the rim potentially otherwise/maybe.
 

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Hi again APM, cleaned the car at the weekend and decided to take pics of the two front wheels that had the lacquer corrosion and emailed my local dealer I bought the car from 3 weeks ago, had reply already from Swansway Huntington from Adam and two new wheels authorised for replacement, result and great service again from this dealer.

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I don't have a DS4 anymore, having traded up to a '63 plate DS5 back in April.
And I also no longer have Diamond Cut wheel faces which most DSs do, and just standard painted wheels, which I prefer as the DC wheels ALWAYS suffer from corrosion, and sooner rather then later.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I am currently waiting for a full set of replacement alloys to come into the dealer, courtesy of the Citroen warranty due to corrosion!
Mine were not damaged on the faces at all (apart from one I had kerbed :( ), but on the reverse of the spokes, which is totally invisible without the wheel being removed and cleaned - I only saw this corrosion bubbling when I took all the wheels off to put on my winter wheels and was washing the wheels thoroughly before putting them away for the winter.

Moral of the tale ... It is worth checking the wheels inside and out, as where my 'Houston' wheels were bubbling is common on so many wheels of all makes, but because it is not visible when the wheel is fitted, and most people's wheels in the inner well area are filthy, the corrosion is hidden.

And as a bonus, don't have to worry about fixing the kerb damage. They never even looked at the front of the wheels :)
 

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Lucky you. I've just had to pay £100 to have mine refurbed!

Mine is going back this week so hopefully all will be ok. I have to admit the face did look a bit shiny when it came back, but as the rest of the car was in a state it was difficult to tell. It's being valeted as we speak, so hopefully once it's done it shouldn't be noticeable.


On my dad's DS5 the corrosion was very evident early on on the outside edge of the blades of the alloys. He's waiting until they get a bit worse before he has them done - his goes back the middle of next year.


Pick up a Renault Megane Knight Edition Sport Tourer tomorrow as it's replacement.
 
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