Cracked Alloy Wheel Repair

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In life, once the cracks begin to show there’s no going back, or so they say. Unfortunately, the same can also be said for your alloy wheels. Let’s take a look at what a cracked alloy wheel is, and how Prestige Wheels can help.

What’s a cracked alloy?

Unsurprisingly, a cracked alloy is, well, when your alloy is exhibiting visible cracks! A cracked alloy is most commonly caused when a wheel bumps into a kerb, or even because of potholes or uneven roads. Whilst more serious than a kerbed alloy, a cracked alloy is still something Prestige Wheels can repair without needing to completely replace the wheel.

How can I detect a cracked alloy?

Some cracks will appear more obvious in an alloy than others. For car owners determined to keep on top of any potential damage, you can find specialist crack detection sprays which will not only clean any potentially affected areas ready for crack testing but will also cover the alloy in a dye to reveal any dreaded imperfections.

What’s the problem?

As with any crack, the range of damage caused when an alloy is cracked can be broad. A smaller crack isn’t always immediately noticeable when looking at an alloy, whereas larger cracks in the wheel can potentially see air leak out rapidly. In times like this, it is urgent that you seek out the assistance of a repair technician as soon as possible.

Do I need to fix it?

As mentioned above, if your alloy is badly cracked and you find that air is leaking from it, you’ll need some assistance from an alloy repair specialist. Cracked alloys can very quickly escalate into a complete blowout which is obviously something you’ll be keen to avoid. The good news here is that whilst you may assume that a cracked alloy would need to be completely replaced, Prestige Wheels are actually able to repair the alloy as it is. Our technicians are proficient in wheel refurbishment, going into depth to determine the current state of the alloy wheel before carrying out a welding repair.

How does Prestige fix a cracked alloy?

As a cracked alloy falls under a cosmetic repair, here’s the process of how we’ll make our repair when booked through our mobile repair service:

  • The vehicle is jacked up safely and on the designated points and left securely on axle stands
  • The tyres are deflated and pushed back to ensure maximum access to the damaged area
  • All damage is removed ensuring the shape of the wheel is kept
  • The wheel is then re-sprayed and lacquered back to the original form
  • The wheel is then cured off under the heating system
  • Once the alloy is dry – the tyres are re-inflated to the correct manufacturer’s pressure
  • The wheels are then fitted back on to the vehicle ensuring the correct torque has been applied**

*We ask all customers to check the nuts after driving for 50km after the wheel has been re-fitted*

Why choose Prestige?

There’s a whole host of reasons to go with Prestige for your cracked alloy repair – our service, experience and pricing are amongst the best in the business – but if convenience is one of your key criteria then you needn’t look elsewhere. With our Mobile Cosmetic Repair service, you simply book your repair and you’ll receive an instant email with available timeslots starting at just 48 hours from your point of booking. Simply select a timeslot which is convenient for you and we’ll come out to you to carry out the repair. That’s right, whether you’re at home or at work – we’ll take all the stress of dropping and collecting your vehicle out of the equation, even offering a 3-month warranty on all of our mobile repairs. Alternatively, we do still offer an in-house repair service at our main centre, but instead of leaving you without a vehicle whilst yours is in for repair, we actually offer a hire car service for just £12 per day. At Prestige we really understand that convenience is key for customers, and that’s reflected in these unique offerings.

We hope that you know a bit more about what a cracked alloy is and why it’s a good idea to get it fixed if you encounter this problem, and we hope we’ve convinced you that Prestige Wheels are the team who can give you the best service. Head to our homepage to book in your repair today, or for any queries simply fill out our contact form or give us a call and one of our expert technicians will be able to assist.

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