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Wheel damage after balancing

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by T Fades, May 10, 2012.

  1. May 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    T Fades

    T Fades [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Took the truck into America's Tire Co. to have wheels/tires balanced and rotated. The guy who was balancing my Off Road alloys didn't do too good of a job removing the factory weight on one of my wheels, and gouged it up pretty good.
    :annoyed:

    I know it is only a truck, and things like this are bound to happen, however I should be the one damaging the truck. I paid $60 for lifetime balancing, which I had refunded to me after assessing this damage. I thought about having America's Tire pay to have this wheel re-finished, but that would have ended up costing me as I doubt they would have paid for a rental for me.

    Anyway, my question is I am not sure if this damage will lead to corrosion that I should be worried about? I don't think alloy will rust, but I could be wrong. What do you guys think? I can live with the gouges, but don't want my wheel to corrode on me. Maybe get some touch-up paint and fill in those areas?:notsure:

    wheel damage.jpg
     
  2. May 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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    aw113sgte

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    Yes the wheels will corrode over time (years). I'd use touch up paint. My 2012 wheels are gouged as well, I'm not worrying about it since i use it as a truck off road and will scratch up the wheels on rocks/mud. I wouldn't have them refinish the wheels as they will probably do a crappy job (looks good for a while but then fades or flakes).
     
  3. May 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    OffroadToy

    OffroadToy This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok

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    Unfortunately that damage is the norm for most tire shops.
     
  4. May 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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    angrysam

    angrysam Bring Yuengling To MN!

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    I would put on your spare, drive back down there, park the tire/wheel on the counter and embarrass that "tech". It takes about a week to fix one unless there's a mobile repair shop in your area they use.

    That's excessive and embarrassing.
     
  5. May 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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    Thanks guys.

    Yea, I figured this type of damage was normal for soft alloys.

    I have been going to this particular ATC for years, and they are usually good guys. I will continue to go there, so I don't really want to embarrass the tech any more, and really it is not that big of an issue, I just want to prevent any corrosion so my wheel doesn't turn to crap in a few years.

    Will try cleaning it out real good, let it dry, then throw some touch up paint in there to hopefully seal it.
     
  6. May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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    xrgilly

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    tell them to buy u a new rim if they say no toss a brick or 2 through the windows of the shop makes sure u cost them money...
     
  7. May 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    If your that worried about it you can pick up a set of offroad wheels on the forum cheap and then have them remount/balance that combo..then you have a spare set should anything happen again.
     
  8. May 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    Rental? For what? When Discount Tire repairs your wheels most of the time they use a mobile wheel repair company and they repair them at your home or place of business. I had Discount Tire damage 3 out of 4 my first gen. wheels on my last rotation due to a new inexperienced employee. But they owned up to it and took care of it quickly. The next day I had a mobile wheel repair company at my work and they did it in the parking lot. Looked brand new when they finished.
     
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