Every day, bent and buckled alloy wheels are being brought into wheel repair workshops. It is not just because people are driving on rough roads or that they have run into a curb. A bent wheel happens when the wheel is forced to turn in the opposite direction to which it was designed.
Bent alloy wheels need to be straightened in order to remove the kinks and bends that have been introduced by the force of being turned. While there are many different methods for straightening bent alloy wheels, some are more successful than others. For instance, if a wheel has been forced away from its natural rotation for a long enough period of time, it can be difficult or even impossible to straighten using any method other than an alloy wheel straightening machine.
7 Common Reasons for a Bent Alloy Wheel
The 7 most common reasons for bent alloy wheels are:
– Improperly inflated tyres.
– Improper tyre pressure.
– Damage to the wheel’s rim.
– Damage to the wheel’s bearings.
– Using tyres with incorrect specifications.
– Driving over curbs or uneven surfaces, which can cause the wheel to crack, bend or break.
– Overloading your car’s trunk or back seat with heavy objects that are not secured properly in place
Bent Alloy Wheels & How to Fix Them
Bent alloy wheels can be fixed by using a few different techniques.
Fixing a bent wheel is not as difficult as one might think. There are many ways to fix a bent alloy wheel and some methods may be more appropriate depending on the type of bend and the severity of the bend.
What are the Causes of Bent Alloy Wheels?
In the automotive industry, the most common causes of bent alloy wheels are:
-Vehicle’s weight distribution
-Inadequate wheel alignment
-Poor quality alloy wheels
Alloy Wheel Construction
The alloy wheel is a cast wheel that is typically made from an alloy of aluminium or magnesium.
They are cast into a shape that can be fit onto an axle, and then the assembly is welded together. Alloy wheels are typically made from aluminium or magnesium due to their lightweight nature, but they can also be made from steel, titanium, or other alloys.
In order to make sure that the shape of the wheel does not become distorted there needs to be a sufficient amount of metal in the cast to compensate for any shrinkage during cooling. If there isn’t enough metal in the cast there will be a lot of stresses put on it which could cause it to buckle or warp.
What Causes Buckling?
An alloy wheel can buckle under any of the following circumstances:
– When the car is overloaded.
– When the car is going up a hill too quickly. – When there is a heavy load in the trunk of the car. – When there are potholes in a road or uneven ground in a parking lot that can cause a wheel to hit an obstacle and buckle.
– The weight of passengers in different parts of the car can also cause an alloy wheel to buckle.
– There could be wheel damage from poor alignment, from hitting a curb, from pothole or tyre blowouts, or even from hitting something on the road like another vehicle or animal.
What are the Consequences of a Buckled Wheel?
Bad consequences: If your wheel is about to buckle, you could experience uneven tyre wear, complete wheel failure and loss of control in the vehicle.
How do you know if your wheel is about to buckle? You can look for any bumps or bulges on the wheel surface. You should also check the wheel nuts every time you change a tyre for signs of loosening. Finally, you can check with your vehicle manufacturer for service bulletins with regards to this potential issue.
Prevention & Early Detection Measures
A problem that can arise is when the metal contracts at different rates due to the different temperatures during the cooling process. This leads to buckling in the wheel when it tries to contract in one direction along its length while being prevented from contracting in another, causing distortion in the shape of the wheel.
Prevention: There are a few ways that car owners can seek to prevent their wheels from buckling. One way is for drivers to reduce their speed when driving through high-pressure areas such as tunnels or parking garages after being subjected to different temperature conditions.
Another option is for drivers who live at high altitudes to install tire pressure monitoring systems.
If you have the experience, repairing a buckled wheel can be done but when it comes to the safety of your car and your family, it’s best to seek professional help.