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      02-24-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I bent one of my winter wheels on this massive pothole on the highway (unavoidable and poorly lit section of the highway).

So I had my winters pulled.....swapped in my summers temporarily and had my one rim straightened/re-mounted/balanced (It was the only one that was noticeably bent).

Now that I have my winters back on I get a slight vibration/dragging feeling when I do over 90km/h. In the city it's not noticeable and the car feels fine but as soon as I do over 80km/h it feels like the wheel isn't balanced or maybe another rim is bent...?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to check out before I have my mechanic do a test drive?
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rebalance all the wheels. try that.
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      02-25-2011, 08:26 AM   #3
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Yeah after a good night's sleep I realize it probably isn't anything other than the need for a re-balance.

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If you still have vibration after rebalancing, then you may have to get a new rim because, even though it's been repaired, is no longer back at it's original spec.
The shop that repaired it would have to have done a very very precise job of restraightening it to exactly the way it was before it was damaged.
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If you still have vibration after rebalancing, then you may have to get a new rim because, even though it's been repaired, is no longer back at it's original spec.
The shop that repaired it would have to have done a very very precise job of restraightening it to exactly the way it was before it was damaged.
Yes. Even the slightest imperfection in the mending of a rim can still show, mainly at higher speeds. Its probably best to get a new wheel, instead. Unless it isn't bothering you that much.
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I had this experience too. For me the actual problem was the tire. One of the tires was screwed up...I think one of the metal belts inside was broken. I went through a lot of BS and had my "bent" wheel fixed twice, had an alignment done AND rebalanced. Drove around for 4 months with a light vibration/shake. The tire had abnormal wear so I had a new set of rubbers put on the car and BAM! Shake disappeared. The tire guy said that it was probably the tire itself. Thats just my .02! Good luck with this!
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Hey guys,

I bent one of my winter wheels on this massive pothole on the highway (unavoidable and poorly lit section of the highway).

So I had my winters pulled.....swapped in my summers temporarily and had my one rim straightened/re-mounted/balanced (It was the only one that was noticeably bent).

Now that I have my winters back on I get a slight vibration/dragging feeling when I do over 90km/h. In the city it's not noticeable and the car feels fine but as soon as I do over 80km/h it feels like the wheel isn't balanced or maybe another rim is bent...?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to check out before I have my mechanic do a test drive?

Toronto really is a POS city. I JUST had the same experience.

I was passing through the tunnel from University Ave to the Gardiner entrance...going through the tunnel...I hit this MASSIVE not even pothole...this massive rectangular crater in the ground...like WTF are they thinking? It had to be road work...but near the entrance to the gardiner...thats BS.

I was in the right lane under the tunnel...anyways bent my rial salerno rim(s) and car is shaking.

I have to drive 700 km before I can put my all seasons on.


You think the suspension will take much damage over 700 km of highway driving? I'll try to find the sweet spot where virbations are best (ie. new balance point)...and I've rotated the bent wheel to the rear passenger side.
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I would bring the wheel/tires to a shop that offers Road Force Balancing. Going this route will be able to determine whether you have a out of balance tire or out of round wheel.

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If you still have vibration after rebalancing, then you may have to get a new rim because, even though it's been repaired, is no longer back at it's original spec.
The shop that repaired it would have to have done a very very precise job of restraightening it to exactly the way it was before it was damaged.
I highly doubt the rim itself is ruined as the bend as the shop assured me it would be fine after the fix. After reading a few less than stellar reviews online about them now I'm almost thinking they just straightened it without balancing the wheel after? (was part of the charges though?)

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Yes. Even the slightest imperfection in the mending of a rim can still show, mainly at higher speeds. Its probably best to get a new wheel, instead. Unless it isn't bothering you that much.
It doesn't bother me at all but I don't want to wear out other expensive parts. I love my 335 and I've heard I could wear out the wheel bearings and other suspension components?

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I had this experience too. For me the actual problem was the tire. One of the tires was screwed up...I think one of the metal belts inside was broken. I went through a lot of BS and had my "bent" wheel fixed twice, had an alignment done AND rebalanced. Drove around for 4 months with a light vibration/shake. The tire had abnormal wear so I had a new set of rubbers put on the car and BAM! Shake disappeared. The tire guy said that it was probably the tire itself. Thats just my .02! Good luck with this!
That might work...but a very expensive fix. I just find it funny that this happened with my 17s while I've hit massive potholes in my 19s with 30 sidewall and walked away without a massive bend.

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Toronto really is a POS city. I JUST had the same experience.

I was passing through the tunnel from University Ave to the Gardiner entrance...going through the tunnel...I hit this MASSIVE not even pothole...this massive rectangular crater in the ground...like WTF are they thinking? It had to be road work...but near the entrance to the gardiner...thats BS.

I was in the right lane under the tunnel...anyways bent my rial salerno rim(s) and car is shaking.

I have to drive 700 km before I can put my all seasons on.


You think the suspension will take much damage over 700 km of highway driving? I'll try to find the sweet spot where virbations are best (ie. new balance point)...and I've rotated the bent wheel to the rear passenger side.
Trust me, I work downtown and am constantly weaving avoiding all the road work. During that week I had my 19s on I was doing like 20km/h everywhere. Especially on lakeshore underr the gardiner. I am ready to stop driving in toronto during winter

Your wheels may make it but I'd be worried about prematurely wearing suspension components. I'm no expert in this field so I welcome anyone with insight on this.


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I would bring the wheel/tires to a shop that offers Road Force Balancing. Going this route will be able to determine whether you have a out of balance tire or out of round wheel.

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I'm going to go this route asap. thank you

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