Cracked Wheel Repairs
Cracks Happen! Unfortunately aluminum alloy wheels are highly susceptible to cracking. Currently, the majority of wheels are cast aluminum alloy. Cast alloy wheels are more susceptible to cracking than their steel counterparts. Cracks usually occur upon bending the wheel further than the aluminum alloy can 'flex'. Cracks can also be caused by imperfections in the casting process. Your best defense against cracking a wheel is to regularly check and air up your tires as needed. Once your tire pressure drops below the recommended level (usually 30-44 psi for passenger cars) it can no longer protect your wheel from road hazards such as potholes. Not to worry though, if you do happen to crack a wheel, we are here to repair it! And we guarantee it!
First, if installed, the tire is removed so the wheel can be thoroughly inspected. A crack often appears small on the outside but is usually larger on the inside of the wheel. Once it's determined the crack is repairable, the finish is chemically or mechanically removed from the area surrounding the crack so it cannot contaminate the TIG welding process. The crack is drilled at its end point to prevent further splitting. We then straighten the wheel. After straightening, the wheel is then prepped by our proprietary process to provide strength and durability. After TIG welding is completed the wheels run-out is checked and final straightening is performed. The barrel of the wheel is then refinished with industrial grade paint. The repair is engraved and run-out measurements are noted on the wheel. Finally the tire is re-mounted and balanced.
All wheels repaired through our crack repair process are guaranteed to be leak free upon pick up. We install a tire on every wheel we weld to check for leaks after the repair. We also offer a 1 year pro-rated warranty. Please ask an associate for details.