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Went over a pot hole and had a blowout - is my alloy wheel repairable?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Ricochet J, May 29, 2019.

  1. Ricochet J


    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 12,880


    I was driving down a country lane and there was a sudden unavoidable pot hole. Unfortunately the passenger side front wheel took the shock and deformed my wheel, which meant it was no longer air tight.

    Is the alloy wheel repairable?



    Thank you!
  2. Phil W


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 9,942

    Location: Jupiter

    If it's not particularly exotic I would just source a single replacement. It can be repaired but it'll always be weaker than an undamaged one.
  3. bremen1874


    Joined: Oct 20, 2008

    Posts: 10,634

    Are you going to try and claim against the council for pothole damage?
  4. Stephanie Peterson


    Joined: Jan 9, 2019

    Posts: 887

    Ouch i would never try to repair that.
  5. Tee Hee Johnson


    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 4,042

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    I'd be looking for a 'new' one
  6. kindai


    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 6,563

    Location: Bromsgrove

    Lets talk about those socks...
  7. geekman


    Joined: Sep 28, 2012

    Posts: 3,282

    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    I’d get the suspension and alignment checked as well as replacing the wheel: that looks like a big enough hit to do more damage than just the wheel and tyre.
  8. Diddums


    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

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    Location: London

    Let's not :mad:
  9. vanpeebles


    Joined: Aug 22, 2004

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    Location: County Durham

    Sailing half mast too :D
  10. Ricochet J


    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 12,880

    That's a fair assessment.

    Not really - I'm going to pay for my repairs and move on. If I do chase the council for compensation, then legally I will have to notify my insurance company. The council will explicitly ask me if I have asked my insurance company. Tbh I would rather not deal with the faff.

    Is there anything to look out for? Or shall I just go for the cheapest matching alloy on ebay?

    Good call! The car is new (i.e. second hand, recently purchased), and on budget tyres. I have new branded tyres incoming. When I get them fitted I'll also ask them to check the suspension and alignment.
  11. MrRockliffe


    Joined: Apr 14, 2014

    Posts: 2,848

    Location: Loughborough

    It is worth doing if it's a more expensive repair - my father went over a pot hole and destroyed front and rear alloys and tyres. About £900 in repair, but got all of it back from the council. Though it took a while if I remember correctly...
  12. jpaul


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 8,858

    moreover .. find a local re-cycler ? postage will be the killer otherwise.

    ... can you actually claim for potholes on countryside roads ? a lot of the norfolk/cams you just have to be very attentive, know the roads,
    otherwise you could kill a sidewall everyday.
  13. Armageus


    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 10,201

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    I'm in the minority but if there is somewhere local I'd at least see how much it would be to have it repaired.

    No guarantee that a used one from eBay isn't going to have issues that you later discover (e.g. invisible cracks, or needs huge amount of weights to balance)
  14. Diagro


    Joined: Jun 3, 2012

    Posts: 8,897

    Should be repairable.

    But my question


    How did you manage to hit a pothole so big to cause that? Too busy on your phone?
  15. Howard


    Joined: Jul 12, 2007

    Posts: 15,807

    Location: South East

    The council didn’t ask me anything about insurance when I claimed (successfully). It’s worth putting in a claim after you’ve assessed the full extent of the damage and had it sorted; it’s not your fault the roads are in such poor condition.
  16. grudas


    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,247

    Location: West sussex

    I've had similar repaired on my z4 coupe alloy.. Was £70 to do without paint, looked straight and balanced no problems.. drove another 2k miles on that without issues before I sold the car
  17. Scania


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 23,666

    Location: On the road....

    Go back and get as many photos of the pothole as you can - it will help with your claim - and replace the wheel, I would not attempt to get that repaired.
  18. Adam


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 8,844

    Not sure where the link between insurance and the council comes from. The process can take a while but they are both entirely independent.
  19. wedrum


    Joined: Aug 11, 2016

    Posts: 4,482

    Location: Cheshire

    couple of cable ties be reet.
  20. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 7,294

    Location: La France

    Bin that wheel and source a pair of replacements as the amount have force needed to bend that section of the wheel will have damaged or severely weakened it in other places.