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Chrome Clad Wheels Clicking Noise

I will never settle for the Chrome Clad Wheels on another Vehicle Period! They are the most difficult wheels to keep clean that I have ever had. I only have 3500 miles on my 2012 T/T Plus and my wife has 7200 miles on her 2012 Challenger SXT Plus and we have noticed that there is a very noticeable popping and clicking noise ~ Now coming from Both front 20" Chrome Clad Rims on her Challenger on any sharp turn or in every cul-de-sac or round about you drive into.

I have confirmed while she was driving both directions in our cul-de-sac that it is the plastic on the clad wheels that is making the clicking noise now on both sides during sharp turns right or left.

I have seen several others in forums that have mentioned this and that they had forged aluminum replacements authorized by Chrysler under warranty. My dealer states that the Chrysler Rep has Never Heard Of Any Issues With The Chrome Clad Wheels let alone Clicking/Popping and doubts that Chrysler has Ever Replaced them under warranty with the Non-Clad Heritage Forged Aluminum Wheels. I remember seeing quite a few people having this issue and having them replaced with forged wheels. Even the Dodge RAM has had major issues with clad wheels and FORD F-150 major issues and recalls for very similar issues.

Have any of you had these issues, have proof that Chrysler has and does replace these with Forged wheels in the RT Line (Excluding the SRT wheels). I grow tired of being BS'ed by the Area Rep. I do not want to end up in the game of replacing with the same wheels that will more than likely have to be replaced every 7K or so.

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I will never settle for the Chrome Clad Wheels on another Vehicle Period! They are the most difficult wheels to keep clean that I have ever had. I only have 3500 miles on my 2012 T/T Plus and my wife has 7200 miles on her 2012 Challenger SXT Plus and we have noticed that there is a very noticeable popping and clicking noise ~ Now coming from Both front 20" Chrome Clad Rims on her Challenger on any sharp turn or in every cul-de-sac or round about you drive into.

I have confirmed while she was driving both directions in our cul-de-sac that it is the plastic on the clad wheels that is making the clicking noise now on both sides during sharp turns right or left.

I have seen several others in forums that have mentioned this and that they had forged aluminum replacements authorized by Chrysler under warranty. My dealer states that the Chrysler Rep has Never Heard Of Any Issues With The Chrome Clad Wheels let alone Clicking/Popping and doubts that Chrysler has Ever Replaced them under warranty with the Non-Clad Heritage Forged Aluminum Wheels. I remember seeing quite a few people having this issue and having them replaced with forged wheels. Even the Dodge RAM has had major issues with clad wheels and FORD F-150 major issues and recalls for very similar issues.

Have any of you had these issues, have proof that Chrysler has and does replace these with Forged wheels in the RT Line (Excluding the SRT wheels). I grow tired of being BS'ed by the Area Rep. I do not want to end up in the game of replacing with the same wheels that will more than likely have to be replaced every 7K or so.

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I was just about to post my current experience with my 2012 Challenger RT, and my front Chrome Clad 20's are making the same exact clicking noises, when I turn the wheels, and very noticeable when driving in a quiet residential area or parking garage.

My RT has just broken 2k, and I just noticed this clicking issue this last week.

I drove down to the dealer yesterday, and he said that they have been informed (not sure if there is a TSB or an internal message from Chrysler to the Dealers?) about the chrome clads being the culprit for the clicking noises, and that the front wheels will need to be replaced.

I am contemplating requesting my dealer to have Chrysler replace the Chrome Clads with the Heritage Wheels, as I have also seen some posts on line where some customers who had their Chrome Clads changed out for the Heritage wheels after experiencing the same issues or the chrome peeling / tarnishing issues with the Chrome Clads.

My other option I am considering is picking up a set of 4 Charger SRT Chrome wheels from Factory Reproductions, since they are pretty local to me, and selling the Chrome Clads.

I am going to see what Chrysler will do first and make the decision after speaking with the Dealer and the local Chrysler rep.

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The Chrome Clad wheels on my 06 Commander were a pain in the ass too. It hasn't improved much over the years apparently.



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I was just about to post my current experience with my 2012 Challenger RT, and my front Chrome Clad 20's are making the same exact clicking noises, when I turn the wheels, and very noticeable when driving in a quiet residential area or parking garage.

My RT has just broken 2k, and I just noticed this clicking issue this last week.

I drove down to the dealer yesterday, and he said that they have been informed (not sure if there is a TSB or an internal message from Chrysler to the Dealers?) about the chrome clads being the culprit for the clicking noises, and that the front wheels will need to be replaced.

I am contemplating requesting my dealer to have Chrysler replace the Chrome Clads with the Heritage Wheels, as I have also seen some posts on line where some customers who had their Chrome Clads changed out for the Heritage wheels after experiencing the same issues or the chrome peeling / tarnishing issues with the Chrome Clads.

My other option I am considering is picking up a set of 4 Charger SRT Chrome wheels from Factory Reproductions, since they are pretty local to me, and selling the Chrome Clads.

I am going to see what Chrysler will do first and make the decision after speaking with the Dealer and the local Chrysler rep.
Thank you for your reply Hawaii 1970.

Sounds like you have the exact same situation as on my wife's 2012 SXT Plus. Yours only having 2k I assume yours is a 2013?

Sorry that you too are having the same issue as my wife is with her Chrome Clads, but at the same time I am at least glad to see that someone can confirm it is not just my poor luck.

After being told by my service manager that according to the SE District REP this is a "New & Unheard of Issue With Chrome Clad Wheels" Believe me when I say that this is Not the first Issue I have had with this Rep not doing his job of providing proper customer service.

I do not work for the Company and I knew about this issue after it happened to my wife's car and I did a simple Google search on the noise ...

This guy is the District Rep for Chrysler Corporation and for him to once again try to blow smoke up my _$$ means only one of two things:

1) He does not know anything about his job and what the facts are about service issues and how to provide true customer service.

2) He is telling the service managers to lie to customers in order to meet his quota of bottom line savings through denying claims.

It is a shame that even though we have the return of a very desirable North American Muscle Car, that is part of what is bringing Chrysler Back to Life Again, that Chrysler has not done an Undercover Boss type assessment of their people that are supposed to be providing customer service to keep the company on the road to success.

I love our Challengers, but when I need honest customer service and get anything less, they become just "cars" with no customer appreciation to follow the sales.

Please Keep Me Posted Hawaii1970 how yours is handled. If you can get Chrysler to approve the Heritage wheels then you are still covered by warranty.

If you locate anything to confirm to my less than caring Rep that Yes Chrysler Will Replace These Noisy Problematic Chrome Clad 20" Wheels with a safer Forged Aluminum Heritage Wheel. And Hopefully easier to keep clean too!

Thanks again for your reply! Hopefully others will be able to confirm too.
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Damn, i'm lucky sold mine on both cars, although i had 9,000 miles on the challenger and never had the problem. maybe the wheel is flexing different from the clads?
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Damn, i'm lucky sold mine on both cars, although i had 9,000 miles on the challenger and never had the problem. maybe the wheel is flexing different from the clads?
I have stood in the middle of our cul-de-sac while my wife drove in a circle both directions and you can not miss the clicking/popping in either front wheel. it is definitely the plastic on the clad wheels making the noise.

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Have pretty much the same issue with the chrome clad rims clicking. As odd as it sounds, I fixed mine for a short time. Prior to rotating the fronts to the rear, I concluded it was the center cap making the noise. I popped out the cap and greased the mounting points liberally and re-installed them (front ones). The noise seemed to go away for a reasonable amount of time but unfortunately it did return. Then I rotated the wheels/tires front to rear and now everything is quiet. For how long, I don't know.

But for what it is worth, give it a try. Pop out the plastic center caps and drive around and see if the clicking is still there. If not, then why is the cladding flexing enough to make this a problem. If so, then the entire cladding must be flexing on the aluminum base rim.

Will definitely follow this thread and look for others with this issue. Really not looking forward to hearing the clicking for the rest of the life of the rims.


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Thanks Immortal1...I'll give that a try on her car...They are not doing it on mine but my mileage is less than 3500.

It does sound like her entire cladding on her rims are flexing to me. Very loud and embarrassing for a new car she says. I do not disagree. Would be awesome to locate a customer satisfaction note on this for her because she is not going to be happy knowing it might come back. Thanks again...
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Hey guys hope this helps. I have a 2011 rt plus and i had the same trouble at roughly 2000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer and the mechanic rode with me and listened to the noise for several turns around the parking lot. He took it in the shop and when he took the wheel off he had me come look at it. Turned out to be very small pieces of rock, gravel, asphalt that had wedged between the rim and the chrome clad. He sprayed them out with water then compressed air and that did the trick. He told me to try and rinse the rim out at each wash and i have with no other problems. I turn the nozzle on hard spray and go through one of the spokes and turn the nozzle to spray the backside of the spokes. Take one of your rims off and see if thats whats happening. Good luck
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I get a clicking noise too. It's only noticeable at slow speeds like you say. It seems like it comes up through the steering column but I can't tell for sure. It must be the wheels

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