How to spot the first signs of alloy wheel damage
We always say that prevention is better than cure but when it comes to identifying alloy wheel damage, it’s not always easy to see.
Tyres and rims, more often than not, will look perfect on a casual inspection but the closer you look; the more you see! Left untreated, alloy wheel damage can severely impact your vehicle’s appearance and, if not remedied quickly, be extremely expensive to rectify.
Here are a few pointers and red flags to look out for:
COMMON CAUSES OF DAMAGED ALLOY WHEELS & SUBSEQUENT REPAIR
The chief cause of damage is through a high-impact collision, e.g. such as hitting a kerb at speed. This type of collision may result in the protective lacquer layer being breached so that dust and debris can get inside.
A result is corrosion and, if left untreated for too long, a risk to the structural integrity of the wheel. Sometimes, it is not immediately obvious that there has been serious damage. Excessive speed over traffic calming bumps or hitting a pothole can cause considerable harm to a wheel rim.
It is never too early to have your wheels checked if you suspect there is something not quite right. Book in for an inspection if you’ve had any kind of accident – major or minor. The cost of repairing wheels varies greatly, depending upon the extent of the damage; but finding the professionals who are experienced and technically accomplished is the most important thing of all.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I NEED TO SEEK DAMAGE REPAIRS?
There are varying tale tell signs that your alloy wheels may be damaged.
Some may seem surprising, as many drivers can mistake them for not being important or for being related to a different part of the vehicle entirely.
You should look out for:
- Clearly visible damage to your wheel
- Consistent and persistent deflation of tyres
- Vibration through the steering wheel or driver’s seat
- Poor or unresponsive handling
- Increased effort required to turn the steering wheel
- Increased fuel consumption
- Rattling or drumming sounds whilst driving
If you are experiencing any (or worse all) of the above, get the experts to determine what the problem is and ensure that the required repairs are undertaken to give you peace of mind.