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Old 10-03-2010, 02:15 AM   #1
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Bent Wheel

Today I managed to bend the front passenger side wheel on my class A. The road dropped off into a hole and the wheel caught on something and peeled away from the bead of the tire.The rim is not torn, just bent. A section of about 3" is visibly bent and air leaks at this point. The tire has been checked out and was not damaged. Anyone have any experience having a steel wheel straightened?
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:22 AM   #2
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Just about any good commercial tire shop can straighten out a "dimple" bend; if it is not creased, you can remove the tire and "cold press" it back to original. I have done this many times when doing contract labor for a major tanker truck line, and it is safe as long as the bend does not approach 90 degrees or cover more than about 4-6 inches of wheel circumference.

WARNING: DO NOT LET ANYONE APPLY ANY HEAT TO THE WHEEL.....NONE....THIS WILL CHANGE THE TENSILE STRENGTH OF THE AREA HEATED AND A CRACK CAN SOON OCCUR.
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If the tire took enough hit to bend the rim, I would replace the tire. It most likely has internal damage to the sidewall and belts.

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