are you In need of a rim repair?
Cars and other automobiles are made up of so many different parts. While some parts impact functionality, others confer an aesthetic appeal. Some, on the other hand, do both. An example of such a part is the rim or wheel.
we got you covered with Bent/Cracked Rim Repairs
The best thing to do for a bent rim is to straighten it. The wheel should also be removed from the vehicle and cleaned.
It should also be inspected for cracks before the actual strengthening steps are taken. This typically involves the use of a hydraulically assisted (wheel straightening) equipment to heat the wheel and hammer out any bends in it.
This the simple repair or refinishing that could be given when the issue is just cosmetic. It can make a huge difference and give your car a fresh new look.
Steps that are taken here include –
- Sanding down the scratched surface.
- Applying polyester sand finishing filler for deeper dents.
- Sanding the filled area after they’ve dried in preparation for painting.
- Use of abrasive pads to scuff the wheel surface before applying primer.
- Applying two layers of the primer coat.
- Applying a silver coat and a clear coat.
Once this is done, your car will look almost brand new.
This is for more serious cases of bent rims, cracked rims, or even wheels with missing metal. For smaller cracks, welding services can be used successfully here. A CNC (computer numerical control) machine can also be used to repair the damage. Coating with powder and polishing afterward will result in near-perfect wheels.
Potholes are everywhere. You’ve probably wondered where to get rim repair near you. If you need rim repair in Long Island or Farmingdale, come over to TLC Auto & Truck Repair.
With over 30 years of experience, we’ve seen it all. From cracks, backside bends, corrosion, gouges, and even curb damage, we’ve got you covered. Bring your vehicle in now and you can simply roll it out once we’re done.
Automobile Rims or Wheels
A vehicle’s wheel is that part on which the tire is mounted. They provide the leverage and friction needed for the car to move as a result of tire rotation, while the rims hold the tire in place.
It’s also one of the parts you can change if you want to switch up the look of your car. Smaller rims tone down the look of the car while larger ones give it a sleeker, sportier look.
But beyond aesthetics, they play a huge role in the car’s performance and ride.
From steel rims to aluminum alloy and carbon fiber rims, you are treated to various options on what material your car’s rims can be made of. However, these are more about style than any other thing.
What matters is ensuring the rim fits the wheel-well and bolt pattern. Also, adequate backspacing and avoiding wheel rubbing are very important here, in addition to using the appropriate tires that fit the rim and wheel. If these are done correctly, there shouldn’t be any issues with the car rim or need for a repair as the vehicle should run smoothly.
However, issues with these or issues that are related to them often result in a need for appropriate rim repair or refurbishment.
Common Rim Problems
The main issues that could arise here include that of a bent rim or a cracked rim.
This is often caused by mechanical damage due to road hazards. Such issues include hitting potholes at a bad angle with the right amount of force, curb damage when you turn too sharply, or bumping or scraping the curb. Brake dust or parking too close to cemented curbs results in more cosmetic issues.
It doesn’t help that rims are particularly vulnerable to such issues. But it does help to get them repaired as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, most people think a bent rim is just a cosmetic problem that doesn’t matter much in the long run. That’s wrong. A bent rim can result in further damage to the vehicle such as air leaking from the tire and a following reduction in fuel economy, flat tires, or the wheels wobbling at high speeds.
If you’re not sure your rim is bent or if you don’t think it has any significant effect on the vehicle, here are some signs that you should be on the lookout for –
These are a little more serious than bent wheels. Unlike bent rims that can easily be repaired, cracked rims have to be replaced entirely. This results in similar signs as the bent rims, although often to a more severe extent.
That said, expect vibrations and shakiness, difficulty handling the vehicle or your vehicle pulling to one side, and reduced gas mileage.
Additionally, there’s the potential issue of tire blowouts here. This is a scary situation where your tire could explode WHILE you are driving. This could cause harm to you and other drivers on the road and it must be avoided at all costs.
In case of any issues with your car’s rim, contact us at TLC Auto & Truck Repair. We’re a certified auto repair center and we offer rim repair services for vehicles of all kinds. With almost 30 years of service, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be in the best hands.