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Old 08-02-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Hairline Crack can it be welded

Had new tires put on my 07 Beaver Marquis. They found a hairline crack by lug nut hole. Can't this be welded? The lug nut cover will cover the welded area?? Thanks in advance for assistance guys.

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Old 08-02-2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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Had new tires put on my 07 Beaver Marquis. They found a hairline crack by lug nut hole. Can't this be welded? The lug nut cover will cover the welded area?? Thanks in advance for assistance guys.

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A correct weld is just as strong as the original material. (according to my welding classes when going for my Airframe and engine license.)
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Aluminum or steel?
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In my working life I worked in transportation. Wheels with crack would be replaced for safety issue. No exceptions. If stopped at scales it would put us out of service with a fine.
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:03 AM   #5
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Wheels are cheap...

It cracked for a reason so replace it and use it for a hose holder.
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When welding a crack, the first step is to drill a small hole at the end of the crack. This will stop the propagation of the crack. Then you can weld.
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Google "Wheel Repair". It can be done professionally.
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In Arlington there are shops that do that one on Abrams and one on Division
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I'm guessing the Beaver has Accuride or similar alloy wheels, so welding would take a really skilled welder. And I suspect some (many?) would refuse to do it because of the liability potential.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:33 AM   #10
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The shops here do this repair daily I have seen rims with metal missing look like new it is about 40 miles from him they will let you watch them a complete machine shop
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If you have confidence in the repair by a professional shop go for it.
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If I chipped the edge of the wheel, I would readily have it welded/filled. In your situation, you have a crack at the mounting point. This is highly unusual, but to me it's signaling an issue with that rim (stress crack). I would replace it.
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when welding alum or just heating it that much, you anneal the metal...this makes it much softer. You can actually heat up 6061 aluminum that is not bendable and after its heated it will bend without cracking . Welding an aluminum wheel without heat treating or doing whatever they do to them after word is dangerous! even if they say they can do it and have done it, fact is fact. take a piece of 1/8 6061 alum and stick it in a vice and try to bent it then heat it up and let it cool and try again.. bends like butter . I weld all kinds of metal. do it daily. i could weld the wheel and make it look like it never happened guaranteed! But it will break again and someone could get hurt. A steel wheel would be possible but i would just buy a new wheel for the amount it would cost.
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Wheels should not have cracked... Are they properly rated for the actual load? I'd replace all 4.
If there's a hairline crack you can see, you can be pretty certain that there's internal failures you can't see, but it wouldn't be cost effective to do NDT on a wheel. If you had hit a curb then repairing the edge would be ok, but a crack near the lug nut is indicative if overloading or a manufacturing defect.
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