Alloy wheels are unfortunately prone to damage, particularly when driving on poor road conditions across the UK. A cracked alloy is most commonly caused by hitting a kerb, a pothole or an uneven road surface.
Our local experts are available to quickly and effectively assess the extent of damage to your cracked alloys and repair them with ease, ensuring that you can continue to drive safely.
What is a cracked alloy wheel?
A cracked alloy wheel is when your alloy is displaying visible cracks in the metal, typically done through hitting a kerb or a pothole in the road. A cracked alloy is usually a more serious issue compared to scratches and scuffs, so it’s best to get it repaired as soon as you can.
Cracks in an alloy can range from a small hairline crack in alloy rims to a significant break. Our team can weld and repair most levels of damage and will communicate with you should there be a serious issue.
Unless the crack is significant, it may be hard to spot any signs of damage as the alloy may be covered in dirt. Cleaning your alloys and checking for cracks regularly is recommended to ensure that you are always driving on safe wheels.
Why do alloy wheels crack?
Alloy wheels are most commonly cracked through a form of impact, whether that be directly through a high kerb or indirectly on the tyre over a large, loose pothole. Your wheels are under a lot of pressure from the surrounding tyres, so any impact to the tyre will transfer easily to the alloy.
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How are cracked alloy wheels repaired?
Repairing cracked alloy wheels requires the use of specialist tools and equipment, manned by professionals. An expert in alloy wheel repair and refurbishment will be able to carefully repair most crack sizes on an alloy, refurbishing the surface of the wheel afterwards for a smooth finish.
Typically, our experts will:
- Clean the alloy, removing all dirt and exposing any cracks.
- Weld the wheel to repair the crack and strengthen the bond.
- Refurbish the wheel to leave a smooth, neat finish.
Where can I get my cracked alloy wheels repaired?
Our professionals are available locally and can help you with expert alloy wheel crack repair services. We cover a large range of areas within the North West and the UK, including:
Use our search bar below to find the page for your nearest repair centre, complete the booking request form or call the number and our team will get you booked in.
FAQs about alloy wheel crack repair
Here we’ll answer some of the most common questions we get asked about alloy wheel crack repair. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If you have damage to your alloy wheels and are looking for some advice, check out our blog post on alloy wheel care and maintenance for support.
Do I need to repair a cracked alloy wheel?
A crack in an alloy, no matter how small, can quickly escalate into something more serious and dangerous when driving. Cracks in an alloy can lead to a full blowout - this has the potential to cause a serious incident on the road.
To avoid danger when driving, it is important that you fix cracks in your alloys in a timely manner.
How do I know if my alloy wheel is cracked?
Alloy wheel cracks can be hard to detect if your alloys are dirty. Cleaning and closely inspecting your alloys is the first step towards detecting damage. You can also get specialist crack detection spray that reveals any affected areas, allowing you to easily and quickly show professionals where the damage is and to what extent.
How much does it cost to repair a cracked alloy wheel?
Our experts will communicate costs with you once they have assessed the level of damage that needs welding. Alloy wheel crack repair is still however, far cheaper than a complete replacement, making it most people's preferred choice.
Is it safe to weld a cracked alloy wheel?
Yes, it is safe to weld a cracked alloy wheel. Our professionals are highly trained and skilled in welding alloys, only using the safest methods and correct practices to ensure that your wheels are safe to drive on and the finish is left looking great.
Can I use an alloy wheel crack repair kit myself?
There are alloy wheel crack repair kits available, though we don’t recommend that people fix cracks in their alloys themselves. This is due to the fact that an incorrectly repaired crack can easily split, potentially causing a dangerous blow out whilst driving.
Having your alloys professionally repaired means that you can have peace of mind knowing that your alloys are welded correctly, are fully secure and look as good as new!