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Old 08-02-2005, 09:41 PM
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bent wheel, effect driving?

i just bought a set of wheels for my car but never looked at them closley and found the one had a bend in it after i got it home, pulled the tire off as it was shot, they all are shot actually. anyways the wheel has some big curb rash that has removed 1/2 the outer edge and a inward bend. just wondering how bad this would be if it was to be balanced and on the rear of the car? as the front i imagine i would get some steering wobble.

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Old 08-03-2005, 11:07 AM
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bent wheels

I work at Costco tires, and I see this problem all the time. Judging from the pictures, it looks like there might be a problem at the tire bead-wheel surface. If you run your finger along the bead area on the rim, and if you feel no "dips" or irregularities, then the wheel assembly might be okay to run. That is, if the flange of the rim (where the wheel weights are hammered on) is the only part bent, then you might be okay. Aluminum wheels are more difficult to repair. You can't just bend them back like a steel rim. Most aluminum alloys work-harden, or become more brittle as you deform them. The same effect can be seen by getting a paperclip and bending it repeatedly until it fractures. It will become harder and more brittle and eventually fail. Aluminum wheels exhibit this effect. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:38 PM
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You might try it and be ok, hard to tell for sure. There are companies that can repair aluminum wheels but that style is very easy to come by and can be found at a reasonable price if you are not in a bind and have time to look.
I don't think that a balance on it will help, you are dealing with more of a runout issue than a balance issue.
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spin it while on the car, see if it wobbles .if it does.it will shake so bad youll hate it.i got that same set .that should seal ,and also they dont bend very easy.i mean for wobbling.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:52 PM
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thanks everyone

i just put the wheel on the car and spun it and it didnt wobble it, also cannot feel a bump on the bead area where the bottom of the bead would run and its smooth. just when spinning the wheel i can see the outer edge go in at that one spot.

i think i will just use it and put it on the back and keep my eyes open for one at the wreckers and swap it out unless somone tells me i will really have a problem with it.

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