Wheel Shops Gillette WY

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Wal-Mart Supercenter 1485
(307) 686-4060
2300 South Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
 
Tire Raam
805 L & J Court
Gillett, WY
 
Wingfoot Llc
(307) 682-8838
3207 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Wingfoot Commercial Tire
(307) 682-8838
3207 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Services National Account Customers,fleetHQ,RV,Goodyear Authorized Earthmover Distributor

Midas
2307 South Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
 
Big Horn Tire Inc
(307) 682-9411
501 Westside Dr
Gillette, WY
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Wal-Mart
(307) 686-4060
2300 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Freedom Tire
(307) 687-2929
4507 Dakota St
Gillette, WY
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Big O Tires
(307) 686-4884
402 E Lakeway Rd
Gillette, WY
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM, Saturday: 8:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday: 8:00AM-5:00PM,

Big O Tires
(307) 686-4884
2525 S Douglas Hwy
Gillette, WY
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

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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