Post Updated 2nd Jan 2014
Yes you can repair alloy wheels
Here at Pellon tyres we are witnessing many of our customers who are having problems with alloy wheels. One of the things that I have invested in, in recent times are new tyre fitting machines that make the fitting of tyres to alloy wheels much easier , with less chances of damaging or scratching the wheels. In fact we had a customer in last Saturday for a new tyre fitting in a new Bentley with wheels worth over £600 each. We actually did a puncture for him and a perfect job to boot, (no scratches thank Goodness).
For the past 6 or 7 years, car manufacturers have been replacing their standard steel wheels with larger alloy wheels to help them sell the new cars with “free added extras”. It is easy to see why alloy wheels have become so popular. Not only do they provide a better ride than steel wheels, but also they look much better and allow the manufacturers to make bigger and wider wheels to fit bigger and wider tyres. This trend has enabled manufacturers to give their new cars and SUVs, a better more attractive look. Another plus side is that alloy wheels are much lighter in weight than steel wheels and help in the quest for more fuel efficient greener cars.
Unfortunately, alloy wheels come with a down side,(although they are very strong they break easily with the weight of the heavy cars). While they do look great and run smoothly, they are also made of softer and less durable material than steel wheels. Some alloys also come in two or more parts as well, split wheels can make the problem worse. Alloys can be damaged easily, and replacement wheels can be very expensive, and in some cars you can not find a matching wheel and may have to buy 4 new wheels. Replacing a damaged wheel may be the safest but most expensive option to the problem, but why would you want to replace a wheel that is only slightly damaged, the bottom line is is that alloy wheels can be repaired, and a repair will always be the cheaper option other than a replacement wheel.
Many of our customers think that a cracked or bent wheel can simply be bent back into place with a hammer, but it isn’t that simple. Fortunately, we know a team of experts that are skilled at safely repairing a damaged wheel that will remove even unnoticeable cracks or other weak spots. The wheel is mounted on a special device, and heat, pressure and gentle vibrations are applied to the wheel making the alloy go back into place, without cracking. The wheel goes back to its original state once the repaired wheel cools. The wheel is then washed thoroughly, cleaning off all brake dust and dirty particles that may be trapped in the wheels minute cracks and crevices.
Can alloy wheels be welded ?
The simple answer is if the crack is not too big it can be welded by a specialist welder using special alloy welding equipment, it is something that we at Pellon tyres pass on to the experts. We do offer the service to our customers and most of them have the crack welded. We also offer a complete alloy wheels overhaul at a reasonable price, about half the price of buying new wheels and the effect is astounding in fact, they just look like new wheels when they are re-furbished.
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Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.