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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

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    Hi,

    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?

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    Thank you!
     
  2. Phil W

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    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

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

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

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

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    Lets talk about those socks...
     
  7. geekman

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    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

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    Let's not :mad:
     
  9. vanpeebles

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    Sailing half mast too :D
     
  10. Ricochet J

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Should be repairable.

    But my question

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    couple of cable ties be reet.
     
  20. Terminal_Boy

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    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.