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2008 2.4 LT (~76000 miles): Steel Rim and Cover Replacement

Son up in Massachusetts kept losing air in his front passenger wheel. I wasn't up there, so I told him to turn it outward, spray with water, and find the nail, screw, or tack. Maybe he could install a plug without even removing the wheel. He couldn't find it. So I was just up there visiting and we got to it on my last day. Pulled the wheel off, no sign of any nail, screw, or tack - but the lip of the steel rim was bent in three places! Yikes!! He was a bad parallel parker when he first moved up there, but he's really good now. Too late for this rim - the granite curbs killed it, and now it's leaking through the bead seal.

So he needs a new rim. Couldn't get to a junkyard before leaving, so we'll just order one online (along with the cheap chrome bolt-on cover).

Any recommendations for sourcing these two things online? It's just a steel rim, but I'd like it to match and, of course, be straight and true. Ebay vendors will just be junkyards, right?

2008 Malibu: Bronze? / 2.4 L I4 / FWD / Leather /76,000 mi 06/15/19 (Dad's vehicle)

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Re: 2008 2.4 LT (~76000 miles): Steel Rim and Cover Replacement

I'd try this company

the wheel
https://www.hubcaphaven.com/p/2595/s...k-9597624.html

and the cover
https://www.hubcaphaven.com/p/3603/4...h-9596921.html

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Rock Auto

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...eel,wheel,7644
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Re: 2008 2.4 LT (~76000 miles): Steel Rim and Cover Replacement

JY price used rims like they are gold. These wheels bend easily so they are a good seller. I went with new rims for my snow tires, with what my local JY wanted for used new were not much more. Don't forget to order the TPMS sensor/valve for the new wheel.

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Re: 2008 2.4 LT (~76000 miles): Steel Rim and Cover Replacement

What are the specs on this wheel? I know it's a 17" wheel and 5 lugs, but is it 17x7, 5x110?

And would it be the same for a 2009, 2010, and the rest of the model years for this generation Malibu?

ALSO: Just called a well-known Tire chain in MA and the guy there said he'd try to straighten the rim for $16, so we're gonna try that first. I think it's worth a try. I don't think there was a rumble from this rim, just that the bead wasn't holding the air anymore. Maybe a "patch" solution is the right one here ...

UPDATE: The tire place told him "you can straighten that yourself with a hammer", and sent him on his way (LOL!). So much for that! Probably wouldn't have worked anyway.

2008 Malibu: Bronze? / 2.4 L I4 / FWD / Leather /76,000 mi 06/15/19 (Dad's vehicle)

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