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Old 04-12-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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I was giving my wheels a nice cleaning today when I noticed a few small black spots. I had no idea what it was. Upon closer inspection of the wheels (inside? I'm not sure what the technical term is for that area) I noticed a bigger spot that looks like asphalt. Has anyone seen this happen before? I'm assuming I drove over a pot hole that had been filled recently and it was still hot enough to stick on my wheel and fuse to it.

Do I have any chance of getting it off?
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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Tar or brake dust deposits. A lot of guys seem to have good luck removing caked on particles with dawn dish soap (it sounds ghetto, but it does work), or else you can resort to acidic wheel cleaners for the tough stuff although I'd research what you should or can safely use based on the kind of finish your wheels have.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:20 AM   #3
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If it is past the spokes on the inside of the wheel where the break pad and rotor are you could be slinging grease from your half shafts, mine were until I recent got them replaced, it looks a lot like asphalt tar, might check under the car and see if they are slinging at all.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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I was giving my wheels a nice cleaning today when I noticed a few small black spots. I had no idea what it was. Upon closer inspection of the wheels (inside? I'm not sure what the technical term is for that area) I noticed a bigger spot that looks like asphalt. Has anyone seen this happen before? I'm assuming I drove over a pot hole that had been filled recently and it was still hot enough to stick on my wheel and fuse to it.

Do I have any chance of getting it off?
A bug & tar remover may help loosen it enough to where you can break it free. That would be the first thing I would grab from my cabinets to try.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:56 PM   #5
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A bug & tar remover may help loosen it enough to where you can break it free. That would be the first thing I would grab from my cabinets to try.
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