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Repair or Replace Alloy wheels?

One of my 12 year old alloys has been repaired because the tyre was losing air. Has anyone heard of this? Just not sure whether to trust it or buy new alloys.

Posted by Pitman
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Yes, it happens. As for repair or replace, it is a judgment call. There are ways to repair the rim that work. Removing the finish and applying a new one. Some powder coat the rims others use a high quality clear coat (sealer). New rims are a lot more expensive the a repair. If you don't like the rims then now would be a good time to pick new ones. If you like the rims think about repairing yours.

Should i change my safari storm wheels to alloy wheels?

Posted by raj
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– lightweight
– look good
– are of open construction, which means the brakes cool better due to increased airflow
-Light weight
-Rust proof
-Heat dissipation faster than steel discs
-They are castings of Aluminum plus.


– cost more
– can shatter if involved in a collision with a hard object, such as a kerb
– expensive to repair if chipped or cracked


Alloy wheels are automobile (car, motorcycle and truck) wheels which are made from an alloy of aluminum or magnesium metals (or sometimes a mixture of both). Alloy wheels differ from normal steel wheels because of their lighter weight, which improves the steering and the speed of the car, however some alloy wheels are heavier than the equivalent size steel wheel. Alloy wheels are also better heat conductors than steel wheels, improving heat dissipation from the brakes, which reduces the chance of brake failure in more demanding driving conditions. Alloy wheels are more expensive to produce than standard steel wheels, and thus are not included as standard equipment on many vehicles, instead being marketed as optional add-ons or possibly included as standard equipment on higher-priced "luxury" or "sport" models. Alloy wheels are prone to Galvanic corrosion if appropriate preventive measures are not taken.

Using alloy wheels give you quite a few advantages,if choosen carefully.The trick lies in the number of spokes in the wheel and the strenght combined with the lightness of the material used for making the alloys(you do get a lot of coool alloy wheels in the market that are just for show).

1.The alloys make your car a bit lighter thus adding to fuel economy.
2.They also imrpove the handling of the car in the corners and gives high speed stability(This has been proven mathematically as well as practically),but it depends on the number of spokes the alloy has(the more the number of spokes the better).
3.If you have disc brakes then the alloys dissipate or cool the brakes faster,preventing disc locks in heavy braking conditions.
4.They are rust proof,so they are hassle free when it comes to this issue.

Just choose them correctly when ur gonna buy them…

PDR …Alloy Wheel Repair?

I have an accounting degree and seeking an accounting opportunity. But I also want to make a lot of money. I want to learn to repair alloy wheels and make money and pay for Paintless dent removal training. It will take time to master the art. I want to supplement my accounting income with PDR/Alloywheel repair income. Is this a good idea? Is there a good market for PDR and alloywheel repair.

Posted by Zohaib
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It is extremely doubtful that you can make much money in the way you said.

These things sound like a good way to make money but really aren't. The supposed "training" will cost you a ton of money with little likelihood of your ever making enough to cover it.

Repairing alloy wheels, unless it involves simply polishing out minute scratches, is a very poor idea: NO MATTER HOW IT IS done. Aluminum and magnesium are VERY subject to what is called "metal fatigue" and "intragranular corrision". Filing and grinding gouges out of an alloy wheel will make it much more likely to fail in service: possibly leaving you with a lawsuit on your hands.

Intragranular corrosion happens when minute particles of a metal that is not exactly the same as the wheel that you might be working on become embedded in the wheel as a result of the tools you would be using. For example, steel particles from a steel file that you could use to blend out a gouge.

In fact this is such a big issue that it is prohibited to file an aluminum airplane propeller with a file that has EVER been used to file steel.

Paintless dent removal will ONLY work on a dent that is called a dished dent. This is the sort of dent that you could pop out by hitting the back of it with your fist or a rubber hammer. Very few dents are in this category. Any dent with any sort of wrinkle or small fold cannot be removed with the paintless technique.


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