When you combine the current trend of large diameter wheels and low profile tyres with deteriorating road surfaces, structural damage is almost inevitable.
Unfortunately buckled and cracked wheels have become common place, creating issues such as tyre deflation, vibration and un-even tyre wear.
It is often assumed that a buckled or dented wheel is scrap. This is not the case!
With our hydraulic wheel straightening machines, buckles, dents and flat spots can be corrected to return the wheel back to its original shape.
The most common form of buckle, which can often go unnoticed.
Signs to look out for are vibrations or tyre deflation.
Buckle repairs on a wheels inside edge can often be carried out without the need for cosmetic refinishing.
The outside face of a wheel is far stronger than the inside, and therefore less prone to sustaining flat spots.
The straightening process involves heating and pressing the damaged area so it is highly likely that the painted finish will be affected. As such we would always recommend that the wheel is fully restored.
Hairline cracks are very common, particularly with cheaper aftermarket wheels. These types of wheels are typically produced using low quality materials with poor structural integrity. A simple pot hole impact can be enough to cause the wheel to crack. Higher quality manufacturer wheels – particularly when running on unforgiving low profile tyres are not immune to cracking. Each of our restoration facilities offer an in house TIG welding service to effectively and efficiently repair cracked alloy wheels. Cracked wheels can be welded as a service in its own right, or as part of a full restoration.