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#1 wolfsburg

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 03:47 AM

Since I can't take my wheels off to clean the inside properly, can anyone recommend a good cleaning processs for getting at the interior wall? The rims are 16 inch bbs 2 piece with a fairly open design. I tried standard car wash with a 6 inch cone 'bristle' brush from the front of the rim and found that I removed some of the grime but left lots behind due to the bristles not covering the surface well. I'm considering trying the same procedure but with EF HI. Any thoughts or pointers that I might not be thinking of?

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#2 jimwh

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 04:06 AM

The EF HI should be pretty good. I find that it dissolves grime pretty well and rinses cleanly.

As far as not being able to take the wheels off (I'm assuming that you don't have the right equipment), you may want to invest in a floor jack, jack stands and a torque wrench. This allows you to remove your wheels safely. Lay a thick towel down so you don't scratch the front, and scrub away. Use plenty of water to rinse.

Since you have them off, you may want to consider using Klasse AIO & SG (or some other similar product) to make future cleaning easier. That way you won't have to remove your wheels so often.

Make sure that you do one wheel at a time (unless you were planning to rotate your tires (VW recommends every 10,000 miles) and USE YOUR TORQUE WRENCH set to 88 ft/lbs (If you wnat to confirm, it's in your owners manual in the Technical Spec's booklet).

I hope that this helps.
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#3 wolfsburg

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 04:15 AM

Great car there! I guess I forgot to mention the reason I can't take my wheels off. I rent, don't have access to a garage and the property management's very anal about working on cars in the parking areas. Its risky to even try and change my own oil. Sucks to not own property.

Thats the only reason I was asking about procedures with the wheels still on the car.

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#4 Brad B.

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 04:42 AM

I thoroughly clean the insides of my rims every time I wash the car. I use a foam ended bottle brush. It's important to get the right shape brush...use the plastic handled ones that have a bunch of individual foam "noodles" at the end that form a round baseball-size ball-shape at the end. This allows you to reach far back and even around corners. They are $2 at WalMart and K-Mart. They style is sometimes hard to find. I buy 2-3 of them whenever I see them.

I use EF HI cleaner also on all my wheels. Be sure to wet the wheel first. Only small amounts of EF HI are necessary. Most people over-use it.

Of course if you don't like to clean dirty wheels you can always take a clean set off the shelf and use those. Heehee!

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#5 jimwh

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 06:28 AM

Bummer about the landlord. Maybe you can lay on the ground (or use a creeper) and reach around from behind. I know, not pretty, but...

Do you know anyone around that may have a garage? Or maybe at one of the self-service car wash areas??

Brad's points are well taken, BTW.
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#6 Jared

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 06:33 AM

Is it safe to use Hi-Intensity on the wheels every time I wash my car if I have a coat of AIO on them?
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#7 JasonC8301

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 06:41 AM

If you have Klasse AIO on your rims and you wash frequently (about once a week) you shouldn't need to use EF on your wheel thats often. Some car wash shampoo, a seperate mitt and bucket should do the trick.
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#8 wolfsburg

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 06:42 AM

Jared - Ef HI will most likely remove your AIO. The coat of aio should allow you to effectively clean your rims using only a brush and car shampoo. However, I don't think EF hi will harm your wheels (other than stripping aio) even if you do use it with each wash. Its powerful - but gentle stuff.

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#9 Jared

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Posted 27 July 2001 - 06:50 AM

Thanks guys, I'll try the brush and car shampoo method next time I wash my car.
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