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Old 11-20-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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my steering wheel has started to peel in a small spot. almost like it got scuffed with something and bits are started to peel off. any have this issue before and how to fix?

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Can you post a pic?
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:06 PM   #3
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Is it leather wrapped or urethane (plastic)?

The urethane (plastic) wheels will disintegrate over time with contact with the oils from your hands. Unfortunately all manufactures use them, and I've personally seen it happen on multiple vehicles.

There are only really two things that you can do to avoid this. If you are buying, get a leather wrapped steering wheel. I ALWAYS do for this reason, and actually upgraded to leather upholstery just to get it in my Crosstrek. If you already own a vehicle that has this then you'll probably have to get a steering wheel cover.
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Put a Wheelskins leather wrap on it. Excellent quality and fit. Plus ... it provides some extra thickness and grip over the standard urethane steering wheel. Here's a pic of mine ( from my July post )

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I've paid detailers to apply protectant on my interior, though if the wheel really does peel on my Premium, that'll be a disappointment... It doesn't make sense for manufacturers to make a steering wheel they know will deteriorate with contact with human oils...
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sorry for the delay. here's the pic. yes, this is the premium. leather and all. little annoyed.
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That's not leather. And, only the limited models came with leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel. I'd be annoyed too. Might check with the dealer and see if they will replace it .... but I kind of doubt it. Who knows.
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sorry for the delay. here's the pic. yes, this is the premium. leather and all. little annoyed.
Yep that's definitely the urethane wheel and it is disintegrating. Seen the same exact thing happen in the fleet vehicles I drive at work, that get run 24/7. It will likely get worst over time.

If I were you, I'd get a leather cover like d.r.h. did. The one he posted in this thread looks like good quality. That's what we did at work, although his cover looks to be of a much better quality.
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That's not leather. And, only the limited models came with leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel. I'd be annoyed too. Might check with the dealer and see if they will replace it .... but I kind of doubt it. Who knows.
i'm sorry. this is the limited model. leather seats, all weather package, etc.... but this does look like the urethane wheel though.

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Yep that's definitely the urethane wheel and it is disintegrating. Seen the same exact thing happen in the fleet vehicles I drive at work, that get run 24/7. It will likely get worst over time.

If I were you, I'd get a leather cover like d.r.h. did. The one he posted in this thread looks like good quality. That's what we did at work, although his cover looks to be of a much better quality.
if I have to, I will! but being a limited model....why the urethane wheel?
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c-lo,

Where are you located? This is strange, because US spec'd 2013 XVs came in only two variants ... premium and limited. Leather seats/leather steering wheel/leather shift handle were available only on the limited and not available (at all) on the premium. So, if you have a limited, it would have all three trimmed in leather, including the steering wheel and shift handle. Limited also had a few other things not available on the premium (like auto on headlights and rear view camera ... unless you got a premium with the nav package, then it included a rear view camera). For the life of me, if you have a US XV with leather seats, then is should have had a leather steering wheel and shift handle.
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