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Rim bent, can it be repaired?

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Rim bent, can it be repaired?

I went for a balancing at costco, and apparently my rim is bent. Obviously they can't do much, so I'm wondering if it makes sense or is even possible for me to get it fixed?

I don't see any giant bend and the rim is almost new so I'd like to see if theres anything i can do before fully replacing it?

Thanks!
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Did you see how bad it is? I've seen many bent rims and it's hit or miss if they are going to cause a problem. Is it vibrating? If it's a steel rim it's cheap enough to just replace. Oem alloys you might want to repair or replace with 4 aftermarket wheels.
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implyingdoesitforfree wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 7:40 pm
I went for a balancing at costco, and apparently my rim is bent. Obviously they can't do much, so I'm wondering if it makes sense or is even possible for me to get it fixed?

I don't see any giant bend and the rim is almost new so I'd like to see if theres anything i can do before fully replacing it?

Thanks!
Steel rims - buy a new one
Aluminium rim - try a rim repair, place about $100. Union rim in North York is good

Sometimes you can't tell the rim is bent till the tire is removed. Roll the bare rim on the floor and it might have an obvious dent/wobble.

Some steel rims are almost impossible to straighten without a hydraulic machine. I used an 8lb sledge on one, didn't do a thing
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l69norm wrote:
Apr 21st, 2017 11:04 am
Steel rims - buy a new one
Aluminium rim - try a rim repair, place about $100. Union rim in North York is good

Sometimes you can't tell the rim is bent till the tire is removed. Roll the bare rim on the floor and it might have an obvious dent/wobble.

Some steel rims are almost impossible to straighten without a hydraulic machine. I used an 8lb sledge on one, didn't do a thing
UPDATE, went to union. Not really impressed and it costed several more times than what you mentioned :/
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Union is garbage. They butchered my rim. It was working fine when it had a slight bend on the lip. But because I had some eXtra cash I decided to take it to Union to fix just for it to look clean. They return the rim all warped and they car was pulling all over. They older guy didn't want to take responsibility and didn't even offer me a refund. Don't go to these guys. I had to scrap the rim after.
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Can your rim still be balanced and does it leak air? Other than for cosmetic purpose, if it functions just fine I would leave it alone. I hit a giant pot hole that shook my whole car and sent me at least an inch off my seat, I was expecting a flat tire. But only my steel rim was bent, visible 10 feet away, but the tire still holds air and is balanced so I don't care.
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JohnS821 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 9:43 pm


Union is garbage. They butchered my rim. It was working fine when it had a slight bend on the lip. But because I had some eXtra cash I decided to take it to Union to fix just for it to look clean. They return the rim all warped and they car was pulling all over. They older guy didn't want to take responsibility and didn't even offer me a refund. Don't go to these guys. I had to scrap the rim after.
I wasn't impressed with Union either. They fixed a rim for me which, to be fair, seems to be okay but their measuring equipment was almost nonexistent. He put it on an ancient little balancer just so he could show me that it didn't look bent any more by eye, but that was it. No lateral or radial runout measurements, no balance measurements, nothing. Since then I've taken a couple different wheels to Leprecon and they seemed to have a much better setup, and the measuring equipment was much better and could precisely measure how bent the rim was.

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