They can take a beating if you steer too near the curb or drive them on gravel, but there are lots of advantages of alloy wheels.
Read on to learn more about wheel repair or call (316) 262-8888 to connect with the best alloy wheel repair shop in Wichita, Kansas.
How much does alloy wheel repair cost?
An average wheel repair cost at APR runs between $50 and $150—far less than a replacement. Our customers are frequently surprised at how beautiful their wheels look after a repair, and it’s a great way to protect your investment without breaking the bank.
Advantages of alloy wheels
They look awesome
Alloy wheels can really transform the look of your vehicle, and occasional repair work keeps them looking great.
Alloy wheels help save your brakes
Many alloy wheels are designed to dissipate heat from the brake discs better than ordinary steel wheels. Brakes last longer and are less prone to failures.
Alloy can be manufactured with greater accuracy than steel, which can provide better mounting and a smoother ride.
Improved fuel economy
Alloy wheels weigh far less than steel wheels, which slightly improves fuel efficiency.
Alloy wheels are made from aluminum and/or magnesium, which makes them far more resistant to corrosion than steel wheels.
How we repair alloy wheels at APR
Alloy wheel repair involves artful grinding and polishing with professional tools and masking systems, space-age fillers and coatings, and high-precision instruments to bring once-beautiful alloy wheels back to life at a cost that working people can afford.
What about do-it-yourself (DIY) wheel repair kits?
Yep, you can save some money by doing your own alloy wheel repair, but not that much, and remember: a beautiful repair requires a certain amount of skill as well as the right tools. And you can’t reasonably expect to repair some wheel damage with a DIY wheel repair kit; the more powerful and accurate tools used by professionals do a better job, faster.
Alloy wheel paint can be difficult to match, even with professional equipment, and a do-it-yourself wheel repair rarely gives an accurate paint match or proper texture. And if you have Clear coat on your wheels, a kit probably won’t bring them back to their original look at all.
Finally, when APR does the repairs, you get a guarantee on materials and workmanship, which can come in handy if you run into problems later on.
A brief history of alloy wheels
Alloy wheels are made from aluminum, magnesium or a mixture of the two plus smaller amounts of other metals. Alloy wheels are much lighter than steel wheels, they dissipate brake heat better and they provide a whole new world of design options to give your car or truck an instant facelift.
Alloy wheels date to the 1920s, when they were produced for a small handful of automobiles, and Porsche and Jaguar used a hybrid alloy/steel design on some models in the 1950s. Magnesium was the material of choice for decades, and although they were too expensive to use on mass-produced vehicles, they continued to be used on limited edition automobiles through the 1960s. Somewhere along the line, the term was shortened to “mag wheels,” and it’s still common.
New aluminum casting techniques in the ‘60s allowed manufacturers to make pure aluminum wheels, but aluminum, alone, becomes more brittle after it’s formed, so aluminum/magnesium is considered best. Still, aluminum wheels offer huge advantages over steel, and there are many fine-but-less-expensive wheel options in aluminum.
Aluminum-magnesium alloys provide better strength and corrosion resistance than either of these metals when used alone—another reason that high-end wheels are usually aluminum/mag alloy.
Alloy wheels can improve handling over steel wheels because their reduced weight has less inertia as they move over the road, which provides greater grip and responsiveness on the driving surface, hence their longstanding popularity with high-performance race car designers.