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angryyoungnpoor
12-14-2005, 09:57 PM
So.. when I picked up my car I was told that one of the rear tires had a slow leak. We figured it was just the tire. I got my new tires mounted on, and found out why there was a slow leak... The wheel has a small kink in it. Any possible way's of fixing this without breaking it?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/punk_rock_86/bentrim.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/punk_rock_86/bentrim2.jpg

They've got some nice tread on 'em.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/punk_rock_86/tread.jpg

Rayme
12-15-2005, 05:15 AM
wow, I never thought you could bend a 15" rim! lol..

but yea, specialty shop can repair those kind of damage, I got one of my 16" GTS wheels repaired, I think it cost around 40$...

angryyoungnpoor
12-15-2005, 07:12 AM
Well, apparently it is possible. :) I know there is some side damage from broadsiding a pole... I didn't do it. I have no idea what could have caused it. As long as it's fixable cool beans.. probly means they'll have to take the tire off. Which means, they shouldn't have mounted it and told me that I needed to get that fixed.

AznKlique
12-15-2005, 06:59 PM
You should check the junk yards first to see if they have a wheel like that. I doubt it though, but just an idea.

sgtmayhem4
12-15-2005, 08:32 PM
all a "specialty shop" will do is take a ball point hammer to it. i bent a rim on my prelude worse than that and fixed it by beating it back. that small dent you have there is nothing and there's really no need to waste your time or money looking for a replacement or bringing it to a shop. just smack it back and it'll be fine.

angryyoungnpoor
12-15-2005, 10:01 PM
Alright. Cool beans. My dad said he wasn't to sure about possible cracking it. I'll try a wack or two at it, perhaps I'll let the dad do it.

sgtmayhem4
12-18-2005, 06:18 AM
let me know how it works out

david in germany
12-18-2005, 09:39 AM
Argh, :eek: Use a rubber mallet or another with a non maring face.. it will bend but do it slowly..

Murgatroy
12-18-2005, 10:11 AM
Argh, :eek: Use a rubber mallet or another with a non maring face.. it will bend but do it slowly..
:stupid:

sgtmayhem4
12-19-2005, 04:49 AM
:stupid:
i agree, a rubber mallet wont do shit. use a real hammer but put a towel or something on the rim to protect it if you wish...it's on the inside so who's going to see it anyway? i put on a towel on mine though just to make me feel better about whacking my rim.

ocb_dave_ocb
12-19-2005, 05:08 AM
Actually they make something called a "BRASS HAMMER" That is what you need to bend it back

PhillyDRFT
12-19-2005, 06:31 AM
yeah dave has the right idea with the brass hammer, if you have the right tools available i would sugest warming the area with a tourch or however you can to soften the metal so your not just forcing cold steel back into place it will greatly lower your chance of cracking the rim and make it a lot easyer to re shape

Edit = unmount the tire before you warm it too btw lol just throwing that in there

david in germany
12-19-2005, 06:35 AM
Warm but not hot, once aluminum gets hot it gets brittle.. better to warm it to touch then whack it.

angryyoungnpoor
12-19-2005, 08:57 AM
Wow, so many things. I still haven't tried anything, but the tire is unmounted. still trying to get everything together before worrying about wheels and such. It doesn't seem like a huge dent. It seems as though the person must have run over a curb or something really hard probably popped the tire. The tire that was on it before was brand new. *shrugs* I'm suprised they didn't fix it, and I don't know why autotire didn't tell me it was there.

PhillyDRFT
12-20-2005, 12:30 AM
Warm but not hot, once aluminum gets hot it gets brittle.. better to warm it to touch then whack it.

yeah thanks. i didn't realise it was aluminum, i was thinking it was a steel alloy. :ugh:

acidice333
12-20-2005, 06:02 AM
My rim is bent, not as bad as yours tho hehe... I just stuck it as a rear wheel and my jerking wheel and pulsing brake pedal stopped (:

Rick89GTS
12-20-2005, 06:04 AM
If it's as cheap as $40, just pay to get it done right. If you crack that alloy rim, you'll be looking at more than $40 to replace it.

daklieb
12-20-2005, 06:54 AM
and if they crack it... they will be paying for a new one :)

angryyoungnpoor
12-20-2005, 08:46 AM
If it's as cheap as $40, just pay to get it done right. If you crack that alloy rim, you'll be looking at more than $40 to replace it.

I'm wondering where I could go to get that done, though. They may also say "We're not at fault if it breaks."

Galcobar
12-20-2005, 10:03 AM
Then it might be a good idea to read the fine print BEFORE signing off/handing over your wheel.

Be a neat trick though to avoid liability for breaking something they're supposed to fix.

daklieb
12-20-2005, 12:03 PM
that would be some bull shit if they tired and pulled that

Rick89GTS
12-21-2005, 02:16 AM
I know there are places around here that do rim straightening but not as cheap as $40. If you can get it done for that low, go for it. They'll let you know beforehand if they can handle it.

MudFlaps
12-21-2005, 09:53 AM
thats one rusty-ass rim

angryyoungnpoor
12-21-2005, 08:54 PM
thats one rusty-ass rim

Agreed. But they work. The brake pads and calipers are just as bad. Body doesn't have any rust though. Got new free calipers and pads with the car. I got bunches of freebies along with the engine for 1500, so eh..