We've been in the alloy wheel buisiness for over 25 years now and we've pretty much seen it all when it comes to damage to alloy wheels.
A lot of customers are generally pretty confused as to how the damage has occured to their wheels so we thought we'd help clear things up for you all.
We've teamed up with a team of specialist alloy wheel repairers to should you wish us to help try and save your expensive alloy wheels. As this is not a in-house service it can usually take 48hrs for a wheel to be complete.
Apart from rubbing a wheel up against the curb (curbing damage) the second most common form of damage is a flat spot.
Some people call this a buckle but its not. A buckle happens from the centre of the wheel and renders it out of true. When a wheel is buckled it is not repairable. A flat spot on the other hand generally is repairable.
USUALLY REPAIRABLE NOT ALWAYS REPAIRABLE*
The photo to the left is an average flat spot and usually completely repairable. The photo to the right is not repairable as it is on the face.
This is done by applying heat to the wheel and placing it on our hydraulic press. When the flat spot has been removed the machine will then use a radial gauge to ensure the raised lip caused by the impact has been placed back to within tolerance.
*On the right this alloy wheel has received impact damage to the front face. This type of flat spot is not always repairable. Please feel free to bring your wheel in for us to examine in this instance.
SERVICE NOTE: This is not a in-house service and we can, on occassion, require your wheel for 48hrs.
The next most common damage we see is a cracked rim.
This kind of damage is virtually always caused by impact. Most commonly due to a pothole. But this can just as easily be caused by going too fast over a speed bump or mounting a curb to park. Even doing this slowly can cause a fracture in the wheel rim. In fact driving over anything thats raised in the road can cause this kind of damage. The larger the wheel diameter, the more common it is.
The most common thing we hear is that people dont remember doing any of the above but the fact of the matter is that this can only be caused by some form of impact. It is impossible for an alloy wheel to crack on its own without impact of some sort happening to it.
SERVICE NOTE: This is not a in-house service and we can, on occassion require your wheel for 48hrs.
We check your wheels when you bring them to us before we send them for repair. If a wheel is buckled or in our opinion we think a crack is too large to be repaired safely we will not offer any repair service.
If your wheel does go to the repair team and they find that for any reason you wheel cannot be repaired safely then no repair will happen. You will not be charged anything under these circumstances.
Under no circumstances will we offer to repair a broken wheel where a piece of the alloy wheel has been snapped off.
We will also NOT re-dril alloy wheels.