steering wheel is peeling

Steering Wheel is Peeling [Causes and Fixes]

Do you want to know why and what to do if your steering wheel is peeling? Don’t worry; you’re not alone in facing this issue.

We have dealt with many steering wheel peeling issues before and would like to educate our readers on how to prevent and fix it if the steering wheel has sustained considerable damage. Let’s get started.

Why is My Steering Wheel Peeling?

Your steering wheel is peeling primarily due to wear and tear from regular use, exposure to direct sunlight, and the natural degradation of materials over time. As you would know, steering wheels are typically made from materials like leather, rubber, or synthetic compounds.

In addition, as vehicles age, it is quite normal for them to sustain damage to interior parts, including the steering wheel. Usually, a steering wheel will last for the entire lifespan of a vehicle.

However, poor maintenance can significantly shorten the expected lifetime of a steering wheel including peeling issues. 

How to Stop a Peeling Steering Wheel?

In order to stop steering wheel surface degradation, you should apply a protective coating or use a steering wheel cover. There are a few more steps we recommend for you to try. Let’s figure them out. 

Use a Steering Wheel Cover

This is an immediate and practical solution that we suggest. Steering wheel covers can protect the steering wheel from further wear and come in various materials like leather, cloth, or silicone.

Apply a Protective Coating

Products like leather conditioners or specific protective sprays for synthetic materials can help preserve the integrity of the steering wheel’s surface.

Regular Cleaning

We want you to clean the steering wheel regularly with appropriate cleaners. Avoid harsh chemicals that can further damage the material.

Minimize Sun Exposure

Parking in shaded areas or using a sunshade to protect the interior of your car from UV damage will minimize steering wheel peeling.

Moisturize Leather Steering Wheels

If your steering wheel is leather, using a leather moisturizer can prevent drying and cracking, which often leads to peeling. Read our guide on how to repair a leather steering wheel for a better idea.

If you are suffering from a severely worn steering wheel, we recommend you consider professional refurbishment or even steering wheel replacement. We’ve seen specialists restore deteriorated steering wheels to a like-new condition.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix a Peeling Steering Wheel?

Fixing a peeling steering wheel typically costs between $100 and $300. However, we must say that this cost varies based on the extent of the damage, whether you prefer reupholstering or applying a protective coating, and the type of steering wheel material.

Moreover, the cost to repair a peeling wheel may change if you choose a professional service. Professional refurbishing tends to be more expensive but as we said offers a higher-quality finish.

Does the Warranty Cover Steering Wheel Wear?

The answer largely depends on the specifics of your vehicle’s warranty and the underlying cause of your peeling.

Many new vehicles come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers various components, including your steering wheel.

If your vehicle is still within your warranty period, and the deterioration of the steering wheel is due to a manufacturing defect or poor workmanship, there’s a good chance for you to be covered.

However, if the peeling is a result of wear and tear, environmental factors, or improper maintenance, it’s less likely to be covered.

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