Repairing a cracked wheel?

Tires and Wheels (Mopar Hubcaps Too)

  1. doogievlg

    doogievlg Well-Known Member

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    Does this seem repairable? I came home to a flat on my wife’s car.

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  2. toolmanmike

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    Looks like a curb hit. There are portable companies that stop by the car dealers and repair and refinish wheels. I would check with Carpart.com and see if there is a used wheel at a salvage yard nearby.
     
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    • doogievlg

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      Is there a better website than that? It just asked me to input my info and they would email me.
       
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      They must have changed it since I ws on there last. Contact a local salvage yard. Most are hooked up with other yards and could find you a wheel.
       
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      Search for wheel repair places, lots of them around.
       
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      • Dana67Dart

        Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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        I vote replace.

        Check Craig's list, ebay too.
         
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        • mopowers

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          What kind of car? If it's a common wheel, There's probably some sitting in a salvage yard somewhere near you.
           
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          • Bodyperson

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            The link needs a hyphen. Car-part.com
             
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            • Lord Sparky

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              It’s not just a dent, it’s a crack. I’d go for a new wheel, unless of course, your wife has a million dollar insurance policy.
               
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              • George Jets

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                Yeah, it could be cracked up at the hub too that you are not seeing right now.

                Might be a wobbler now too after that curb impact.
                 
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                • MoparMike1974

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                  Unless its some super ultra wheel I would find a replacement. Besides, a repair will probably cost 5x what you can pick one up for at a junkyard.
                   
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                  • RustyRatRod

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                    Yes it's repairable, by replacing the wheel.
                     
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                    • pishta

                      pishta I know I'm right....

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                      autopartsearch.com works too.
                       
                    • AJ/FormS

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                      I've had a few vintage wheels welded up for me that I curbed, including one with a 2 inch section knocked right out of it, but getting the beads to seal with tubeless tires can be a challenge.
                      Yours is bent so that will definitely be an issue, cuz aluminum if it bends, does not want to bend back; it's a one-time deal. Therefore, I agree with those who recommended to replace it.
                       
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                      That appears to be a cast aluminum wheel. If it's bent and cracked as it appears to be, it's toast.

                      If it were a billet wheel, it could be straightened and repaired. But the cast wheel will break that whole chunk out if you try to straighten it.
                       
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                      • doogievlg

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                        Thought you might chime in on this one. I found a replacement.
                         
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                        • dirty white boy

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                          yes, but its gonna need to be heated before straightening and welded right! them skills ant cheap....if not done right itll crack again, could cause a flat,..could blow out,...so ether do it right or buy new wheel....dwb
                           
                        • fishmens67

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                          You made the right choice. :thumbsup:
                           
                        • gunbunny

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                          Luke I see that you already replaced the wheel but, I wanted to let you know about Tri State Rim and Wheel.
                          John is actually up in Kettering, but he does come down here often.
                          I've bought all of the replacement wheels and repairs for the body shop from him for years.
                          I've given him wheels that I thought were toast and he was able to repair it.
                          Also you can use car-part.com to find used wheels (and other parts).
                           
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                          • doogievlg

                            doogievlg Well-Known Member

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                            Thanks! Reitman had a nice one for $100. It’s good as new.
                             
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                            Shot, you can't beat that! I wish there was bridge in New Richmond, I'd use Reitman a whole lot more.
                             
                          • Jarlaxle

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                            FWIW, a wheel repair place could fix it,no problem.
                             
                          • oi81b4uu812b4

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                            I take it that the wheel is a generic wheel that came on the car from the factory. Just buy a new one from a salvage yard. That's a no brainer.

                            For custom wheels that you can no longer find anywhere, both cast and forged aluminum can be fixed. There are several companies that offer the service. St. Mary's Tire, Charlies Rim Repair, Weldcraft (aren't taking new work right now), Rim Spec, Detroit Wheel & Tire. A proper repair takes some welding skill and machining afterwards. It's usually best to kerf cut the crack completely out and fill it with weld.
                             
                          • doogievlg

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                            Thanks, I grabbed one from a salvage yard for cheap.
                             
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