Picking up odd vibrations? You may need wheel straightening
Do you feel strange vibrations when you drive? It could be that you have damaged wheels.
Wheel damage can cause your steering wheel to shake and vibrate which could be scary and uncomfortable. It can also feel as if your wheels are wobbling. Neglected, damaged wheels can shorten the lifespan of your tyres, so it can be expensive as well as unpleasant. In some cases, wheel damage can mean driving is dangerous or can result in MOT failure.
If this is happening to your car, bring it in to The Wheel Specialist. Our diagnostic expertise can pinpoint the causes of your problems. It could be that you need your wheels straightened.
Bent/dented/scuffed wheels: How?
Potholes: Sometimes, you can’t avoid them – and it’s getting harder because there are more around. Local authorities in England and Wales filled 1.5m potholes in 2019-20 – that’s 400,000 less than the year before.
Kerb clipping: clipping the kerb when rounding a corner, or less dramatically, scraping along the kerb when parking, can damage your alloys.
Speed bumps: these can also cause wheel damage.
Can wheel damage be fixed?
Often it can – and at a lower cost than replacing your wheel. Bring it into The Wheel Specialist, and we can give you an expert opinion and a quote.
How do you repair the wheel?
The tyre is removed, and the wheel is placed on a state-of-the-art balancer and then rotates at high speed so our highly trained technicians can detect any flat spots, cracks, dents, gouges or other deformities. The next move depends on what the problem is.
- Flat spots can be marked and gently pushed out with a hydraulic ram, returning the wheel to the correct shape.
- Damage to the wheel edge can be smoothed out or filled in by an experienced technician, who can return the edge to its former smooth profile.
How long does it take?
Depending on the process, wheel straightening usually takes between one and two hours, while filling and returning to a smooth edge can take up to a day, allowing time for regular checks. If you go into the branch, the technicians can advise you of the time required.
Is it safe?
Our technicians will not do the job if they think the wheel will be unsafe afterwards. In that case, they recommend a new wheel.
How much will it cost?
Each damaged wheel is different. Bring it into The Wheel Specialist, and we’ll give you an estimate.
If you have alloy wheel insurance, you may be able to use it to claim the cost of the repair. General motor policies don’t usually cover this, but if you are particularly keen to maintain your alloys – which many of our customers are – you may have one of these policies.
Whatever the problem, don’t give up and order a new wheel straight away. We could save you money by repairing it. Contact The Wheel Specialist and we will give you an expert opinion.