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Cracks in Alloy Wheels - Dangerous?

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#1 r220


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

A couple of weeks ago I put my summer wheels on my other ride.

Before I put them on I gave them a real good cleaning.

I noticed that on two of the wheels there was a small crack about an inch long (2.54cm) on
the inside rim and on the third wheel about 3/4 of an inch.

The tires do not seem to be loosing any appreciable amount of air / pressure.

My question is - How dangerous is it to be driving with these wheels in their present state
and can they be satisfactorily repaired?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:38 AM

if you have kids no way.

if you care about possibly injuring others ,no go.

if you live life on the edge, go for it.


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:02 AM

Agree - not worth it!

If you are looking for advice on repairs, IIRC a new board member has experience with wheel repairs.
Search for turbokings

Edited by DownundeR, 02 May 2012 - 03:27 AM.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:24 AM

OK. Appreciate the advise.

I wonder how many people the world over are running around with fractured
rims though?

I mean how many people inspect their rims anyway?
And I've never heard of any spontaneous wheel disintegration.

Not into injuring myself though, that's for sure. Been there, done that.

I would like to investigate repairing them though.

Anyone with any experience with that?

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:14 PM

Most small cracks dont leak( because the tire covers the crack).With time the crack spreads beyond the rubber and the wheel leaks. Most cracks are caused by youre local car wash. As youre car moves forward, if the car is not lined up correctly you get a violent shake to the left or right, thats when youre wheel cracked. Reason i know that , i do work for a lot of new car dealers. One dealer kept bringing me wheels with cracks these cars had less than 1,000 miles on them , before delivering the cars they would send them to the car wash. A cracked wheel can be repaired correctly(the weld is stronger than the surrounding metal). Be carefull for the wheel repair guys that "Shave" the wheel