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Can a Cracked Rim be Fixed?
Cracked Rim Repair: Can It Be Done?
The quick, somewhat frustrating answer: most of the time.
The typical repairable crack on an alloy rim is 1.5 inches or smaller, located in the middle or back lip, singular in nature, and does not impact structural parts of the wheel in any way. Front cracks, multiple cracks, and large cracks are all unsafe to weld and present a potential safety hazard.
Do not attempt to keep driving on a cracked rim or repair it yourself unless you’ve got the tools and experience necessary, as cracked rims should be repaired by trained professional.
TIG Welding and Wheel Repair
The most common way that wheel repair specialists use to fix a repairable wheel is a process called TIG welding. Short for Tungsten Inert Gas welding, TIG welding is a process that uses a filler material to effectively seal and repair the crack. After the initial weld, a dye test is usually performed in order to check for possible leaks.
Keep in mind that 80 percent of cracked rims are also bent and should be straightened before repair. This entire process should run you no more than $80-$100, and if there happens to be nobody able to TIG weld in your area, you can physically ship your tire for repairs and have it returned in “like new” condition.
Dangers of Driving on a Cracked Wheel
Cracked wheels are more than just a nuisance. They are also a safety hazard for multiple reasons. Unlike bike tires, car tires are physically sealed around the rim in order to retain air. Cracked and bent rims break this seal, causing your tire to leak.
This has the potential to cause a possible lethal tire blowout that can result in personal injury, total your car, or harm other drivers. Also, these cracks can lead to improper tire wear, will make your vehicle difficult to handle, and even reduce your gas mileage.
Why Rims Crack
Most modern vehicles come equipped with alloy rims that are a blend of aluminum and magnesium. These rims typically last longer than traditional metal rims, are less prone to rust, and can be upgraded with aftermarket parts and add-ons. The only downside is that aluminum is a rather brittle metal, and therefore is prone to being bent, deformed, and cracked. Backing over curbs or improperly attempting to fix a bent wheel (LEAVE THE SLEDGEHAMMER IN THE TOOL SHED) can all lead to cracked rims.
We’ve Got Cheap Used Replacement Rims for Your Model Car or Truck
If you’re going to take a rip at repairing your cracked rim, rest assured you won’t find a better deal for a used rim to use as a replacement. Sturtevant Auto just south of Milwaukee, WI has a huge junk yard full of perfectly usable, uncracked auto parts for Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, and many, many more brands of cars and trucks.
We have a huge selection of replacement rims for most auto manufacturers:
Milwaukee-Area Junkyard Carries All Kinds of Used Auto Parts
Aside from used replacement rims, Sturtevant Auto also has a variety of other auto parts for affordable prices. Whether you need a used engine part, car battery, or headlight, our junkyard has it all. Our inventory is always changing - contact us today for more information!