Do You Need Aluminum Wheel Repair?
Our Quality Assured Collision shops across British Colombian have the expertise necessary for aluminum wheel repair. Did you know that aluminum wheels are increasingly more popular than steel?
Whether your wheels have a minor surface abrasion or more serious damage such as bent or cracked wheels, we can help. Consult with professionally trained and certified specialists who inspect damaged aluminum wheels for cracks and determine whether the wheels can be safely repaired or not.
In a lot of cases, aluminum wheel repair is possible without compromising vehicle safety standards. Most often they can be restored to like-new condition. Aluminum wheel repairs generally result in dramatic improvements in the appearance of your wheels.
We can repair the following damage to aluminum wheels:
- Scratches & scrapes
- Peeling paint
- Curb damage / Curb Rash
Unfortunately, aluminum wheel repair is not always possible and sometimes the only remedy is to replace the damaged wheel. This might also indicate that your vehicle is also in need of a wheel alignment. Our repair technicians will let you know which options are available to you and help you decide the most cost-effective way to get your vehicle safely back on the road and looking its best.
Aluminum Wheels Increasingly More Popular Than Steel
Aluminum wheels are actually an alloy of the following light metals: aluminum, magnesium, and nickel. Steel wheels are cheaper and easier to repair than their aluminum counterparts. However, the many more advantages that aluminum wheels have, when compared to steel, make aluminum the overwhelming choice for most vehicle owners.
Compared to steel, aluminum wheels are:
Visually more attractive
- More conducive to complex styles and designs
- Less susceptible to corrosion
Lightweight & strong
- Quicker acceleration and deceleration
- Less strain on suspension systems
- Superior heat dissipation from brake components
- Better fuel economy
The Value of Aluminum Wheel Repair & Maintenance
Minor aluminum wheel damage is sometimes referred to as “cosmetic damage.” This term is misleading as it minimizes the importance of keeping your wheels in good working condition.
Scratches and scrapes on aluminum wheels reveal the bare metal just below the surface. If not repaired, the exposed aluminum will oxidize, even in ideal driving conditions. In winter, corrosive oxidation can happen more quickly because of the exacerbating presence of salt on the roads.
If left unrepaired, the wheel’s protective layer of paint and clearcoat will blister, peel and flake off. Before long, the corrosion works its way under the tire bead, resulting in chronic loss of tire pressure and the need to buy a brand new rim.
This article offers a more in-depth overview of How to Repair a Damaged Aluminum Alloy Wheel.