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Nissan Versa Tire and Wheel Questions

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I have over 62,000 miles on my 2007 and haven't had any issue with the wheel covers at all, and trust me, I've hit some tank traps on the roads in PA!

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  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Not sure how much of a DIY'er you are but here's my solution to the same problem I had with a wayward plastic wheel cover on my VW Jetta TDI.

    There are several flexible 'fingers' around the inside of your wheel cover that get forced into the little groove on your steel wheel rims. They have the difficult job of hanging on for dear life while all the time, sudden road shocks, hurricane force winds from your forward motion, centrifugal force, and just plain bad luck, are constantly trying to rip your wheel covers off, and send them flying down the road like a big Frisbee. ;)

    Take off the rims and mix up some small 'teaspoon' size batches of JB Weld, apply it to the back side of each of the 'fingers' to stiffen them up. Do all of them so you don't throw your wheel out of balance.

    The extra strength of the JB Weld material will force the little grabbers' to hold in the groove better, push on each finger to see where it bends the most and lay on the JB Weld at that point.

    (I like the JB Weld with the 5 min. set up time best)

    The hubcap will be a little harder to get on as the plastic fingers are now much tougher to bend, but once the wheel cover is hammered back on, that's the end of your problem.
  • dr_tazdr_taz Posts: 1
    The issue with Versas wheel covers falling off is a defective design. They fail by high cycle fatigue compounded by thermal ageing. The plastic standoff posts supporting the small diameter outer ring thermally age from a ductile mode to a brittle mode. High speeds, rough roads, and tires with less spring in the sidewalls accelerate the failure. The force transmitted by the vibration fatigues these posts which get weaker with age -faster in warm climates than in cold. The rear wheels will normally loose them first due to the stiffer suspension in the rear. I lost one rear at high speed in Northern CA on a medium rough road, it spun off, jumped a fence, and did a swan dive into a small aquaduct. I removed the remaining three and found several fatigue cracks in the other rear, but not in the front yet. The other rear came loose at ~25,000 miles (the first one failed at ~23,000 miles). Once it starts, they fail quickly.

    The dealer replaced two of them without a hassle. But, wouldn't replace all 4. Only solution, other than doing a epoxy reinforcement job, it to replace them with decent aftermarket replica covers. They can be had for $40 to ~$60, set of 4, at Amazon.com. Covers only on for ~3,000 miles, but the retention is via spring steel tabs - much more vibration resistant.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I guess experiences vary. My 2007 Versa has 78,000 miles on PA roads (not exactly the Autobahn) and no wheel cover issues at all. Tires rotated every 5-6000 miles so the covers are off and on. No signs of cracks yet. Certainly the wheel covers CAN crack, and can be cracked if you're not careful during removal/installation, but design defect?

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  • ravenmanravenman Posts: 4
    DEFINITELY a design defect! I've lost 2 in the past 3 months and I've been very careful on rough roads and going over bumps. The stock hubcaps are junk and Nissan charges the dealerships $60 apiece for them! The dealership said they would "find one around here somewhere" if another came off, but I think I've had enough of the flying hubcaps. I'll get a set at Walmart or an auto parts store and they will probably stay on considerably longer.
  • Really? I have 15k on mine and I've had all four fall off. Two while driving and 2 came off at the dealership I bought it from, but since they are no longer affiliated w/Nissan they can't do warranty work to replace them. Since no other dealer believes their wheel covers are defective, they won't replace them unless I pay 65 dollars a piece for them. I will NEVER buy a Nissan again!
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

    We've always run all-season tires, and we've done quite well even in the worst of winters with the manual trannies we prefer. But this year, the wife's office moved a little further away and she has to go through some pretty rural areas so we decided to try out some Nokian snow tires for her Versa and I am really impressed with the traction in the snow as well as how quiet they ride on dry roads. And as far as i've been able to tell, there's very little hit on the mileage. Since these should last us at least a couple of seasons and I also drive a Versa, I'm thinking that next year we get a new set of them for her car and I run the set she currently has. I'm thinking we may be able to get by buying a new set every third year.

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919

    I didn't know you got some Nokians, Sneakers. We got some WR-G2s on the Outback last winter and liked them so well I put some on the van. The ones on the Outback have seen a lot of use the last week with two late night drives in the snow.

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

    @Stever@Edmunds said: I didn't know you got some Nokians, Sneakers. We got some WR-G2s on the Outback last winter and liked them so well I put some on the van. The ones on the Outback have seen a lot of use the last week with two late night drives in the snow.

    Ya, I'm really impressed with them, especially the quiet ride. And they only cost me about $40 more for the set of 4 than the Cooper all-season we normally run on. So I figure this will extend the life of those as well.

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919

    Mine are "all weather" so I'm just leaving them on year round. We don't do near the miles you do so mine will likely age-out by the time yours "tread out". They really helped wet traction on the van in summer rains.

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

    I forget what model tire we got (I'll check when she gets back) but ours are snow tires and while they ride well enough to run all year, my gut is saying they might wear a bit faster than the all-seasons. We'll see.

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited December 2013

    Yeah, mine seem plenty good enough even for the ~200" of snow we can get here, but when it's really bad out, we don't have to drive nor do we have a commute. Hard to beat dedicated snows when you really need to be able to get somewhere. I sure don't miss swapping tires or rims twice a year though.

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

    @Stever@Edmunds said: Yeah, mine seem plenty good enough even for the ~200" of snow we can get here, but when it's really bad out, we don't have to drive nor do we have a commute. Hard to beat dedicated snows when you really need to be able to get somewhere. I sure don't miss swapping tires or rims twice a year though.

    Ya, I get the "good buddy" discount on tire pricing but my tire store bud stopped storing certain customers summer/winter tires. Business just got busy and they needed the space. So I have my own tire rack in the basement! :)

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

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