Stains Appear on Wheels – 2004-2016 Mazda

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2004-2016 Miata/MX-5 2004-2011 RX-8 2007-2016 CX-9 2016 CX-3
2004-2016 Mazda3 2006-2016 Mazda5 2011-2016 Mazda2
2004-2016 Mazda6 2007-2012 CX-7 2013-2016 CX-5


Some automotive cleaning products contain strong acid or alkali. When these types of cleaners are used to clean the wheels on Mazda vehicles, the chemicals contents penetrate the clear coating of the wheel surface and damage the paint under the clear coating.


The damaged area has the appearance of dark stains.

The damaged area has the appearance of dark stains

Use extra care when cleaning wheels. The following are guidelines to follow when cleaning the wheels.

  • Mazda recommends using a mild soap or neutral detergent as stated in the owner’s manual under Appearance Care in the Maintenance and Care section.
  • DO NOT use a cleaning products containing strong acid or alkali contents to clean the wheels.
  • DO NOT apply any type of specialized wheel cleaner to the wheels when they are hot (such as after driving the vehicle or if the vehicle has sat in the sun). Ensure wheel temperatures are the same as ambient temperature before cleaning.
  • Within 15 minutes after any cleaner is applied, rinse the wheel thoroughly to completely remove cleaner.
  • Stains on Mazda Wheels caused by improper cleaning are not covered under the Mazda Vehicle Warranty.

NOTE: Customer concerns of wheel clear coat peeling or flaking do not apply to this document.


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