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Never had the clicking issue with my old Chrome Clads ordered on my 2010 RT, however, by the second year of having the car, when I washed the rims, the brake dust had baked itself onto the rims tarnishing them.

Now, when I picked up the car on delivery, the dealership wanted to sell me a 1 year extended warrantee on the rims. I declined.

Almost 2 years later and this problem appeared.

I almost gave up on the rims and was about to purchase aftermarkets when the aftermarket dealer suggest I take them in to the Chrysler dealership anyways and try and get them replaced first before I actually go the aftermarket route.

So, I called my dealership and told them I'd be by to show them the car. The manager wasn't around, but a supervisor was and they came out and snapped some pictures of the rims and affected areas.

Interesting to note, the supervisor also snapped a photograph of my license plate which I found odd as I'd have expected it's the VIN that would be important, not the plate. However, after thinking about it, I figured the reason she took the photo was because my license plate was still inside the dealerships license-plate frame with advertised phone number and moto.

A few days later I got a phone call from the manager and he said Chrysler would replace the rims with the polished alum Heritage rims found on the Heritage RT's. No problem. No questions asked.

Thinking about it later, I figured the dealership cut me a break because I continued giving the dealership free publicity having kept my plates in one of their dealership plate-holders.

Hope it works out for you and you get the Heritage rims. They are a lot nices and better constructed.
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I had the same problem on my 05' ram after rotating the tires, maybe the clad gets off a littke bit and causes it to pop, try loosing the lugs and retighting them, on my ram it would only last a few miles??? You could take the clads off, I dont know how hard it would be, might look good? on the ram I see a few around here without them, but the challenger wheel may need them on to keep the wheel centered or wider lugs to fill the hole? Just some ideas.
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Thanks for the input all.

It is definitely not a rock in both wheels on hers. It is definitely the rims themselves making the noise.

Unfortunately I can not conveniently rotate tires to troubleshoot or every time the noise returns. I only plan on rotating tires when it is due for rotation. I have purchased over 20 new vehicles in my life and now that I am over 50 and have recently undergone cervical spine surgery, It is not as easy to just do all of the He-Man things I used to do. lol

This is something the manufacturer should take care of so that I do not have to. Believe me when I say that the standard factory warranty is calculated so it is induced into the MSRP of each vehicle. and I paid for it and they should take care of us.

Like I said...I just want proof that there is a known issue that many of these chrome clad wheels have issues that the manufacturer is aware of and that they Have & Will Replace them with the Aluminum Forged wheels so we do not have to worry about them. Seriously it is loud enough to be embarrassing and would make anyone that hears it think twice of purchasing one of these fine automobiles.

Would be great to show them proof through a service bulletin or service repair order that it has been done under warranty.

Thanks again everyone for your helpful input and experience in this issue.

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My clicking noise stopped!

We have had rain here last weekend for about 2-3 days.

I took my car and washed and detailed it yesterday, and no more clicking noise?

I am monitoring for now.
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Hawaii,Glad to see the noise stopped for you after detailing the car.The tires on these cars are really soft and the dealer said they throw up a lot of the sand and gravel pieces that make up asphalt that's why he instructed me to give the backside of the rim a wash every now and again as I described in my previous post. Tampa RT, sorry to here about your surgery, had two disks replaced myself several years ago and recovery is slow.

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After a few days, the clicking noise is back.

I noticed it when I was at my local Starbucks drive though yesterday prior to my dropping off my Challenger at the dealership for some of my warranty work and for them to take a look at the wheels.

The Service writer stated they think it is the adhesive/glue material between the chrome cladding and the aluminum wheel, and it needs to be cleaned off? I asked him how they exactly do this?

He said the wheels need to come off, and they will inspect and clean from the inside.

I asked for further explanation, but he basically said the same thing again.

I was not in the mood to press the issue with the service writer. I told him that was fine, and to let me know what they find.

I am picking up the car today, and I will talk to the service technician to see what they had to do, and I let you guys know what I can find out from him.

I will monitor this issue, and report if anything changes (good or bad).
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Whatever bean counter came up with this cost saving measure should be hung by balls from a very large tree.

I had a dodge ram and a 300C with these junk wheels and I swore that I would never buy another car with them.

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I have the same clicking noise from time to time on my heritage wheels. Turns out to be a rock stuck in the tread in my case. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by STINGER392 View Post
Whatever bean counter came up with this cost saving measure should be hung by balls from a very large tree.

I had a dodge ram and a 300C with these junk wheels and I swore that I would never buy another car with them.
Virtually all the US makes have chrome clad wheels - I've seen them on GM, Ford and Chrysler models.

On the Ram pickups the wheels varied by year from polished aluminum (like Challenger 20" Heritage wheel) to the chrome-clads...they're back to chrome clads on the trucks again.

Part of this is chrome plating over aluminum isn't a good idea - the aluminum gets embrittlement from the plating process and the chrome plating doesn't seem to adhere as well vs. steel base materials.

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