Bends in wheels are becoming more and more common. Wheels keep getting bigger, and to accommodate them, the tire profiles keep getting smaller. Bends come in a variety of forms. The most common bends are in the barrel (radial), on the backside of the wheel. Low tire pressure can leave your wheels more susceptible to bending. We recommend checking your tire pressure regularly. Bends in the face (front) of the wheel are less common, as this part of the wheel is much stronger than the backside (rear). It usually takes a much greater impact to bend the face of a wheel. Repairing bends in the face of the wheel often requires refinishing the wheel. We have very specialized, purpose built equipment that enables us to repair bends in wheels ranging in size from 13" to 26". Our equipment's only function is to straighten bent wheels. Depending on the diameter of the wheel, specific tooling is selected and the wheel is reformed back to its original shape.
We also possess the unique ability and equipment to repair lateral (side to side) bends in wheels. The wheel must be measured to determine eligibility for this repair. A severe lateral bend would not be a candidate for repair. Our maximum recommended lateral bend correction is 1/10th or .100".
4 Reasons To Have Your Bent Wheels Repaired
1. TIRE WEAR:
Bent wheels wear your tires unevenly and cost you money! When your tire wears unevenly it will wear out rapidly and need to be replaced sooner than it should. Tires are expensive, get your money's worth by riding on straight, bend free wheels.
Bent wheels can cause terrible vibrations through your vehicle at all speeds. The vibrations can cause premature wear on your vehicle's steering and suspension components. Vibrations caused by bent wheels also cause an unpleasant driving experience often shaking the steering wheel in your hands at varying speeds.
3. AIR LEAKS:
Do you have a mystery leak in one of your tires? Are you constantly having to refill with air? Bent wheels often lead to air leaks. And low air pressure leaves your wheels more susceptible to damage as well.
If you happen to hit a pothole and bend a wheel or two, your insurance will probably cover the cost of repair, minus any deductible. It's usually much cheaper to repair a wheel than replace it, and insurance companies love saving money.
All OEM wheels straightened by us are guaranteed to have total radial runout of less than .030" unless otherwise noted. Most are straightened down to under .020". Many companies out there claim to straighten wheels. We actually guarantee it.
***Please Be Aware: Not every wheel is repairable and the more damage a wheel sustains, the less likely it will be repairable.
First, if installed, the tire is dismounted. The wheel is then carefully inspected for cracks. From there the wheel is measured for radial and lateral runout. The high and low spots are noted. The next step is reforming the wheel back to its original shape (removing the high and low spots). Once the wheel has been reformed to meet our maximum .030" runout spec, the tire is re-mounted and balanced. And where necessary, installed onto the customers vehicle.
Severely Bent Mercedes AMG Wheel Being Brought Back to Life
Saving The Customer Nearly $1,000
***PLEASE BE AWARE***
Do not have your wheel straightened without removing the tire. It is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately straighten a wheel with the tire installed. The video below is of a wheel "straightened" by a mobile company without removing the tire. The wheel is no where even close to straight. Please contact us to have your wheels properly repaired.