Wheel Shops Altus OK

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Kirbys Wrecker Service
(580) 482-5380
1420 W Broadway Street
Altus, OK
Services
Towing Service,Fuel Injection Repair,Retail Tire,Gas Stations

Smiley's Tire & Automotive
(580) 482-3239
1921 N Main St
Altus, OK
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM-6:00PM, Saturday: 8:00AM-12:00PM,

Smiths Firestone
1025 Falcon Road
Altus, OK
Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Wal-Mart Supercenter 0479
(580) 482-8189
2500 North Main
Altus, OK
 
AutoZone
(580) 482-5595
1490 N Main
Altus, OK
 
Wal-Mart
(580) 482-8189
2500 N Main St
Altus, OK
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Smiths Firestone
(580) 477-0100
1025 Falcon Rd
Altus, OK
Services
Tire Shops

Temple L Kirby
(580) 482-5380
1420 W Broadway
Altus, OK
Services
Government Sales Deliveries

Smiley'S Tire & Auto
(580) 482-3239
1921 N Main St
Altus, OK
 
Autozone
(580) 482-5595
1490 N Main St
Altus, OK
Services
Auto Parts

Taking Care of Those Expensive Wheels

By William D. Siuru, PhD, PE   

You’re washing your vehicle and those alloy wheels, you spent almost a thousand dollars on, look terrible. They are scratched and peeling, or maybe even bent and cracked. Can they be restored, or must they be replaced?

Unlike regular steel wheels that are usually less expensive to replace rather than repair, expensive alloy wheels can be brought back to like-new condition for much less than the price of a new wheel. Repairing aluminum wheels is extremely complicated, so restoration should be done by a trained professional. Repairs require specialized equipment, knowledge of alloy metallurgy and lots of experience. Finally, an improperly repaired wheel can be a safety issue.

Just about everywhere there are companies that specialize in repairing wheels. Like any repair business, some do great jobs, others don’t. Take a good look at a shop and some its finished work before committing. Members of local car clubs often can make recommendations. Take wheels to wheel repairers rather than a store that sells new wheels. The latter will often want to sell you a new wheel even though your wheel could be repaired.

A competent wheel repair shop will thoroughly check out a wheel before attempting a repair. This includes checking radial and lateral runout. Radial runout is how much the wheel’s diameter varies. Typically a dial gauge measuring is place on the rim’s outer circumference and the wheel is turned. The maximum up and down motion of the dial gauge in thousands of an inch is the amount of radial runout. Lateral runout is measured by repeating the procedure, but with the dial gauge perpendicular to the rim. It is a measure of the wheel’s side-to-side wobble. Unless the wheel is severely bent, it can usually be straightened to like-new specifications.

The shop will also check for cracks and other defects. For a thorough inspection, the wheel should be removed from the vehicle and the tire removed from the wheel. Cosmetic damage including scrapes, clear coat or paint peeling, discoloration, oxidation and curb “rash” are usually correctable. Whether a crack can be repaired depends on its location and size. Minimally damaged lug nut holes can be repaired by first machining then inserting a thin steel insert is installed into the alloy wheel. Otherwise the hole can be welded shut, then re-machined. The wheel must be replaced if the lug hole damage is too severe, otherwise the wheel cannot be properly torqued. Even wheels with breaks in the bead flange area can be repaired, if the breaks is no more than about four-inches.

Here are some tips to prevent wheel damage, or at least keep it to a minimum.

  • If you hit a pothole hard or run into a curb, inspect your wheels, or have a wheel shop do it, as soon as possible A bent wheel can flex as you drive so a small crack can spread. Then the wheel must be replaced.

  • Under-inflation can result in wheel damage. Keep low profile tires properly infla...

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