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I have a 2015 car and the hubs? look very rusty on mine. These are some used winter tires, and I normally have the summers on which do cover up this area.

I'm in the north east so rust is normal but the scares me on a 2 year old car
 

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Not bad for the car really, just a bit ugly. But you can take the wheel off, clean the rust off and brush a little anti-rust paint or some waxy rustproofing compound on there. You can buy plastic centre caps from smart that hide the unsightly rusty hubs.
 

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The steel (Pure) rims came with a plastic center cap that would cover that and keep the water out. The lug bolts helped keep it in place. It is a good idea to clean the rust off the centers as it looks better and the hub centers the brake drum or rotors, If you ever need to remove them and they are rusty, you will have trouble.
 

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Surface rust. Not going to hurt a thing. Every vehicles on the road has the same issue. Thats what iron does. when you change out your wheels. There are several products on the market you can brush on that turns surface rust to good metal. Then give it a coat of primer, and some spray on black paint after.
 

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last week i hit 9 years of ownership with my smart, i have 3 spoke alloy wheels, and you can see the rust on the drums through them, over the years was tempted to clean and paint them. doesn't affect anything. i'd have done it years ago, if i had a garage and a power outlet. i live in a condo and i'd need a 300 ft extension cord to reach my car. barring accidents, smarts last forever.
 
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