At Chip's wheel repair we take great pride in making sure our wheel repair techs inspect your bent wheel thoroughly to ensure a safe rim repair. Brake dust, corrosion, or tire rubber are removed for proper inspection. After inspection of this wheel a trained technician notices a small crack. It would be tig welded and straightened (if more than 2 cracks on the back side of the wheel it will not be repaired). If a crack occurs near a spoke or lughole, it would be considered unsafe to repair. In the case of large cracks, OE replacements are the answer.
The radius of the wheel is checked using a dial indicator, which will pinpoint exactly where the wheel is bent. A specific amount of heat, controlled hydraulic pressure are used to ensure a quality repair. The wheel is allowed to cool and the pressure is released. This process is repeated until it meets our specific requirements of +/- .010 inches.
The outer edge of the wheel is also measured with a dial indicator. Heat is applied to a specific area and is controlled using a temperature gauge.
A technician will inspect your wheel through every phase of the wheel straightening process to ensure a safe and quality rim repair. You can be confident in our technology and integrity when it comes to your bent wheel.