Buckled Rim - New Tyre?

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Evening all

I have a buckled NSF rim on my CLK (thanks to a huge pothole). There is no visible damage, but two different tyre fitters have confirmed what the vibrations when driving over 60mph and under, even light, braking are telling me.

So, new wheel time. MB have quoted £450 :)eek:) for a new one, but they won't fit it unless they also fit a new tyre. Reason being, the tyre may also be damaged and they won't take the risk.

Now, I can see their point of view, but as there are several thousand miles left on the tyre, I'd rather not replace it if I can avoid it (especially as I'm going to add 4 wheel alignment to the list of jobs that need doing).

Are their concerns warranted or are they just being, perhaps overly, cautious? Of course, they will just supply the wheel for me to arrange to have it fitted.

For the avoidance of doubt, I don't see this as a money making exercise for them, they get my custom anyway (MB Warrington), and the profit on a £130 tyre must be minimal.
 
I think I would be happier with a new tyre. Any impact hard enough to deform the rim could easily cause carcass damage. Is it worth the risk? IMO no..
 
Better safe than sorry, IMHO.

You could always buy the wheel, take it to a tyre place, and have your old tyre put on it, thus absolving MB of responsibility.

I wouldn't though, but am no expert.
 
If the rim has been buckled it's quite possible there's internal damage to the structure of the tyre too, which may not be immediately obvious. I wouldn't risk it myself.
 
New wheel & tyre, keep the old one as a spare spare...
 
I think I would be happier with a new tyre. Any impact hard enough to deform the rim could easily cause carcass damage. Is it worth the risk? IMO no..

I sharing this point of view.

That must have been one hell of an impact to damage the rim.

Having had a tyre with plenty of tread fail on me at motorway speeds that I genuinely thought was fine (plenty of tread etc etc) with no warning I can tell you that it's not worth the risk.
 
A company such as Pristine Wheels would be able to straighten the wheel correctly. As for the tyre, is it really worth taking the risk?
 
Thanks chaps, that's solidified my thinking. New tyre it is. Hopefully, MB can match the price from Blackcircles (£121 for Pirelli P Zero). Can't wait until it's done, the vibrations are severely annoying!
 
Definitely going to replace the wheel, I wouldn't be happy with a repair.

Why not? The rims of alloy wheels are quite soft and damage easily, especially the inner side.

If the tyre has no bulges it is probably ok.
 
Why not? The rims of alloy wheels are quite soft and damage easily, especially the inner side.

If the tyre has no bulges it is probably ok.

Only "probably"? I wouldn't risk it...
 
New wheel and new tyre, it's the only way.


If however you would like to repair the old wheel, refit the old tyre and shove on ebay for some one else to risk their families life on then fire away.

'Caveat Emptor' as they say!
 
Only "probably"?

The modern World of cotton wool and litigation means I can't endorse it more than that.
In reality as long as there are no bulged, no chords have been damaged, so the tyre is sound.

There must be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of cars running around with buckled wheels
 
I wouldnt necessarily have replaced the tyre either.. if the structure was damaged it would have resulted in a bulge immediately..

Tyres are made to absorb this kind of deformation.. unfortunately wheels arent!

However at £120 for a new tyre, its worth it simply for avoidance of doubt and peace of mind.
 
I would replace tire and rim. I am in the middle of doing that myself. I have 2 rims that got damaged and I already replaced the tires, but I want to get a couple of used rims.
 
You can have a buckled wheel repaired to as new condition. And unless the tyre shows obvious signs of damage then you can assume it's ok. Tyres are designed to take the punishment of people driving up curbs on a daily basis a pot hole big enough to buckle a wheel will not necessarily damage the tyre. But it's your money.

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If you have low profile tires, if you buckle the rim, you are most likely going to damage the tire. Slits, plugs, cute, and/or internal damage may be done to the tire.
 

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