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    Peeling/abnormal wear on the Steering Wheel

    Anyone have issues with the white leather on the steering wheel wearing out? It just seems it shouldn't wear out this fast with normal driving habits. The dealer says it's not warranty covered.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsettersd View Post
    Anyone have issues with the white leather on the steering wheel wearing out? It just seems it shouldn't wear out this fast with normal driving habits. The dealer says it's not warranty covered.




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    Welcome to the forum.

    I haven't heard of this but seeing it I think it won't be long before many have some complaints! Hope you can find either a new wheel cheap or a cover you like, be careful though as some have found with covers the color bleeds into the white.

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    Hmm...that's a new one as far as I am aware. Do you wear a ring or rings on that hand normally rests there? Do you use hand sanitizer or lotion regularly(the chemicals could be affecting the leather)? Some folks have a body chemistry that makes their sweat more corrosive than normal.

    I don't have a Gucci but the black leather on my Sport wheel is showing no signs of anything like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felnus View Post
    Hmm...that's a new one as far as I am aware. Do you wear a ring or rings on that hand normally rests there? Do you use hand sanitizer or lotion regularly(the chemicals could be affecting the leather)? Some folks have a body chemistry that makes their sweat more corrosive the normal.

    I don't have a Gucci but the black leather on my Sport wheel is showing no signs of anything like this.


    Mine in my (previous) Pop never had an issue and Feinus, you asked pretty much the questions I was gonna ask
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    Quote Originally Posted by msjulie33 View Post
    Mine in my (previous) Pop never had an issue and Feinus, you asked pretty much the questions I was gonna ask
    Great minds, etc., etc., etc...

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    Judging from the picture, it kind of looks damaged, not worn. What year and how many miles are on the car? If its not covered under warranty, try this. Lightly hit the worn spot with some very, very fine sandpaper and then some white shoe polish would help hide it. I've used black polish in the past on old worn leather steering wheels with great success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felnus View Post
    Some folks have a body chemistry that makes their sweat more corrosive than normal.
    I was about to mention this. I had an old friend whose skin would disintegrate leather belts.

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    I put nearly that many miles on my 1st Fiat 500 and my wheel looked flawless. Looks very much like a ring or one really hard callous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScorpionSkins.com View Post
    I was about to mention this. I had an old friend whose skin would disintegrate leather belts.
    Wow I've never heard of that. I guess the acidity of sweat varies from person to person.

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    It's pretty crazy but it can vary quite a bit based on inherent body chemistry and diet plays a role too. A woman I work with has worn the plastic texture on the handset of her desk phone as smooth as glass and worn the lettering off the numbers.

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