Buckled Alloy Wheel Repair
The team at Wheel Gods are experienced alloy wheel refurbishment specialists, offering high quality buckled alloy wheel repair to the highest standards.
What is a buckled alloy wheel?
A buckled alloy wheel is an issue whereby your alloy is bent out of shape and isn’t correctly aligned with your tyre. They are typically caused by driving over poor road conditions, potholes or hitting high kerbs.
Driving on a buckled alloy can cause significant damage to your steering and suspension systems, making it unsafe to drive and setting you up for a failed MOT if not corrected.
Can a buckled alloy wheel be repaired?
Yes, a buckled alloy wheel can be repaired. You’ll need to visit a reputable specialist, such as the team at Wheel Gods, to have buckles pressed out of your alloys.
Not every garage will repair buckled alloy wheels as specialist hydraulic equipment is required for this fix. Our team of experts are highly trained and experienced in using complex machinery to ensure a perfect finish every time.
What causes alloy wheels to buckle?
The most common causes of alloy wheel buckling are high kerbs, poor road conditions, deep potholes and speed bumps.
The metal used in alloy wheels is relatively malleable, meaning that even the slightest impact can cause dents or buckling.
What damage can a buckled wheel cause?
A buckled wheel can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Driving on an alloy that isn’t straightened may damage your suspension system, cause inaccurate steering and wear down or even tear tyres.To avoid further damage to your vehicle, book in for a buckled alloy wheel repair now.
What are the signs of a buckled wheel?
It is important that you can recognise the signs of a buckled wheel to ensure that you are safe when driving and know when to bring your car to us for alloy wheel straightening.
The most obvious signs of a buckled alloy wheel are:
- Bends or dents in your alloys
- Excessive shaking or vibrating when driving
- Poor steering performance
- Severe or unevenly worn tyres
- Loss of air pressure (similar to a slow puncture)
If you aren’t sure whether your alloy is damaged or not, just bring it in to us and we’ll take a look for you.
How to repair a buckled alloy wheel
We use specialist equipment and machinery to repair buckled alloy wheels. Using our straightening machine, with the help of hydraulics, we will locate the angle of the bend or buckle and re-shape your alloy with great precision.
We will also check for other issues, such as cracks or deep scratches. This is because severe alloy damage can impact the integrity of the wheel when being straightened, so we may need to factor in the cost and time of additional alloy wheel repairs.
The wheel will then be checked extensively to ensure that it has been fully straightened and that it is aligned correctly with the wheel on the vehicle.
How much does it cost to repair a buckled alloy wheel?
We’ll need to assess the severity of your buckled alloy wheel/s as well as check whether there are additional repairs that are needed before we can provide a price. We’ll always offer competitive prices alongside great service, no matter what.
Fill out our contact form for a quote and book in for a buckled alloy wheel repair today!
Is it safe to repair a buckled alloy wheel?
Yes, it is safe to repair a buckled alloy wheel. In fact, it is far safer to try and get the wheel repaired than to continue driving on it. If for some reason, such as the damage being too extensive, the wheel cannot be repaired, you’ll need to get a replacement fitted.
We’ll advise on the safest option for you and find a suitable solution as soon as possible.
FAQs about buckled alloy wheels
Can you drive with a buckled alloy?
It is unsafe to drive with a buckled alloy - your steering and suspension may be compromised and driving on damaged wheels can cause further damage to your vehicle.
Will a straightened alloy rim stop the vibration in my steering?
It is possible that straightening bent alloys will stop steering vibration. Vibrating or shaky steering is often a sign of a buckled alloy, so chances are, this will stop once you have the alloys repaired.
We can’t guarantee that this is the reason for vibration in steering however. If the issue persists after an alloy wheel repair, or your alloys aren’t actually buckled, you’ll need to take your vehicle to a garage to be checked and repaired.
Does a buckled alloy have to be replaced with a new one?
Not necessarily; a buckled alloy can often be repaired using specialist machinery, saving you a lot of money. Significant damage may warrant replacement, but we can advise on this and will always prioritise your safety when driving.
Is it possible to repair multiple buckles on a single wheel?
It is possible to repair multiple buckles on one wheel, depending on the severity of the buckles and the placement. Our team will have to assess the damage first before we can guarantee a fix.
Will the strength of the wheel be reduced after alloy wheel repair?
After your first buckled alloy repair, the strength of your wheel should not be reduced. Further damage on a recently repaired wheel may affect its strength however, so it is important that you drive carefully over poor road surfaces and potholes.