A feature typical of the wheel rim in a car is the presence of the ring cavity in the middle part, which is called the drop center. It facilitates the installation and removal of tires and provides the necessary rigidity of the rim.
The wheel disc is one of the components of the car wheel. It serves as the basis for attaching the tire, as well as for transferring the torque from the drive shafts to it. Depending on the technology and material used, there are several types of wheel rims, each of them has both advantages and disadvantages. Such parameters of wheel rims as their diameter, width and other parameters determine the choice in favor of this or that option.
How much does it cost to fix a rim?
Tire replacement is necessary at least twice a year. It is usually done in summer and winter. Additional replacement is done if you buy new tires, as well as if the old one is damaged. They can be easily damaged by pressing them against a high curb, for example. Reagents, which are used to water the roads, do not spare the paintwork either. No one is safe from these problems, however it is recommended to drive your vehicle carefully.
The most common problems a car owner can experience are curb rashes, bends or cracks. Buying new tires is quite expensive, so it is better to fix the damaged ones. This kind of work is common for repair shops and can be done for as much as $65 to $400. However, it is likely that you will be able to fix a rim at your own garage. In this case, you will save a lot of money, since the cost price of fixing your rims is $20 or less.
How much does it cost to repair a bent rim?
The price of the tire service depends on the cost of the work and the cost of consumables. The cost of work is defined by energy resources, rental rates and inflation, and the cost of consumables is affected by currency fluctuations. Average prices are somewhere from $75 per wheel unless you need any other services.
Usual wheel maintenance includes removal and installation of the wheel, installation and removal of the tire, work on replacement of the valve, wheel balancing and leveling out the dents and bends.
Is it dangerous to drive with a bent rim?
Now almost every first car has a light alloy wheel. There are not so many holes on the roads as there used to be, but bending a cheap wheel in some potholes still happens. Is it possible to drive a damaged car?
The wheels of a car don’t always crack or fall apart after driving on a bumpy road. Much more often there can be a dent of a various size on the disc. However, if you can see cracks, then such a damaged disc is no good for driving. Deflated tires also make the vehicle unsuitable for driving. Tires usually deflate, because there appears a slot which has the air, when you change the geometry of the disk between it and the rubber.
Well, what if we have found that the alloy wheel is jammed, but the rubber does not deflate – what should you do in this case? Note that changing the shape of the disc automatically means that the disc is unbalanced. Unbalanced wheel means vibrations, uneven rubber or accelerated wear of suspension parts. In reality the answer whether to drive or not depends directly on the degree of damage to the alloy wheel. When evaluating them, one should use his own common sense.
If the damaged alloy disc holds the air as usual and you see that the dent is not as big, then you can drive with a bent rim. However, when the tire is deflating, and the linear size of the dent exceeds 2 inches, then you should go to a repair shop.
How do you fix a bent rim?
Potholes can damage a rim, but there are a couple of ways to straighten it. The ‘cold roller’ technique makes the damaged area of the rim weaker than before, other techniques do not. Note that it is easier to bend a rim from the inside. Custom rims may seem okay, but in reality, the lighter they are, the more susceptible the rim is to being bent. It depends on the type of the problem whether the rim can be fixed at home or taken to a professional repair shop.