Repairing your aluminum wheel might seem to be not just the job for you. In fact, most people will actually just buy a new one instead of repairing their car’s broken wheel. However, it’s not bad at all to try to repair things especially with the rising expenses we face today. The usual use it up and toss it out mentality has made us lose those valuable savings in the long run. In fact, a lot of people may not even know that aluminums wheels can still be repaired. Some people will just get a replacement once their wheels get broken. One of the great things you’ll get by repairing your wheels is that you get to avoid having to buy a new expensive wheel. Second, repairing your wheel will allow you to maintain a unique looking wheel that is no longer being offered in the market. So now, learn on how to repair wheel by reading below.
Doing your wheel repair is very similar to repairing your car’s body work. You need to get rid of the spots and then fill in what’s missing. Like body work, you’ll need to finish the surface as well to complete the repair. In working with wheels however, you’ll need to work with tools, equipments, or machines. Now you’ll probably need to go to an auto shop to smooth down the wheel because a small grinder will be needed. Smoothing down the wheel will get rid of the sharp edges and any protruding pieces when it got broken. However, if you have a regular grinder, you can simply do it in your garage. The following steps will be complicated as you will need a TIG welder so you will have to bring your aluminum wheels to an auto shop or auto center. Welding is needed to add material to your wheel as needed. This all seems to be an easy process, if you have the equipment. Thus, it’s easier to actually bring your wheels to a car shop, if they even offer this service. If not, perhaps you can do it on your own, and just go to the shop for steps you can’t do at home. Let’s start to learn on how to repair wheel.
- If your aluminum wheel has been bent, cracked, or worn out, grinding it will allow it to smoothen out. You can get rid of the ragged edges by using a small grinder. This is the first step in prepping up your aluminum wheel.
- Once your wheel no longer has rough edges, it’s time to have it TIG-welded. For most of us who don’t have a TIG weld, you’ll need to go to your local auto repair center or auto shop. Having your wheel TIG-welded will fill up any dents or low spots in your wheel. This step will also strengthen your wheel and make it stronger than when it was brand new.
- Lastly, it’s time to restore the rim to how it looks like before. You also can’t do this at home unless you have a huge lathe. The wheel lip is turned through this equipment. It will improve the look of your wheel. Not only that, but it will help in balancing your wheel as well.