Norgate can recommend a simple cosmetic repair for minor damage or suggest a more extensive repair for a bent or cracked wheel, for example. Unfortunately, aluminum wheel repair is not recommended if a repair would compromise vehicle safety. In such cases, replacing the rim may be the only option.
Demand for aluminum wheel repair is increasing, perhaps because alloy wheels are more popular and prevalent than ever. Aluminum wheels are lighter, stronger, and more durable than steel. However, they tend to be more difficult, and therefore more expensive, to repair. In general, the more severe the damage the more costly the repair.
Keeping your wheels in good repair is fundamental to the safe and efficient operation of your motor vehicle. Furthermore, proactive maintenance will save you money in the long run. If left unrepaired, a damaged wheel can impact a variety of other vehicle components, from the performance and durability of your tires to the alignment of the entire vehicle suspension system.
Ultimately, the safe operation of your vehicle depends upon prompt aluminum wheel repair when a wheel is damaged. If you suspect there may be damage to your vehicle’s wheels, come on into Norgate. We will assess the damage and recommend the most cost-effective method of repair.
Common Causes of Aluminum Wheel Damage
A common cause of minor wheel damage is when a wheel gets scratched by bumping or scraping against a curb. This kind of damage is more common in winter due to snow obscuring the distance of your car from the curb when parallel parking.
Another hazard of winter driving is hitting potholes. In Prince George, the city repaired 1,267 of them between Jan. 1 and Feb. 17, 2016. With so many potholes, hitting one can sometimes be unavoidable. However, by keeping your distance and driving the speed limit you can usually avoid seriously damaging your wheels.