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Old 04-14-2003, 09:25 AM   #1
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How do you know if you bent a rim?

I hit a few potholes pretty bad this weekend but the car seems to be fine. The steering wheel shakes slightly on some roadsbut i think its been doing this ever since i put the 19s on anyway. How do I check to see if my rims are bent without taking them off? How can i tell?
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:33 AM   #2
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You're probably ok...you would most likely get a shimmy at highway speeds, but if it only happens on some roads, it's probably just the road.

I DID bend a rim a couple of weeks ago, I smacked a pothole so hard, I just looked at the wheel and could see it bent.
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:37 AM   #3
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Noooo....bit the LOWENHARTS! The car would vibrate at speed.
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
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Its bent...
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Old 04-14-2003, 09:56 AM   #5
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my bent rim(s) make the car feel like it's got a flat. Feel it more at low speeds on smooth pavement, and a little shaking at highway speeds. None of the damage is visible.
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Old 04-14-2003, 11:06 AM   #6
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If it's a front tire, jack the car up and spin the wheel freely while its in the air and look at it. You might be able to see a bend . . .

Also, try putting back to front and see if the wheel still vibrates . . .

One other thing, go to a repair shop that has the latest Hunter balancing mahcine and they will be able to tell you.

Your steering wheel should not be vibrating . . . unless your talking about little sensations through the wheel which would be considered normal. If you let go of the steering wheel and it moves slightly back and forth you should have your wheels checked out.
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Old 04-14-2003, 01:52 PM   #7
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The potholes here are ridiculous after the winter season.
I have seen over a dozen potholes that are at least over 8 inches deep since last week.
City is broke as hell and can't afford to patch up the potholes.
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Old 04-14-2003, 02:34 PM   #8
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I blistered my tire this past weekend hitting a pot hole and dented the rim ever so slightly. The shop is replacing the $220 Dunlop P 901 for $40, road hazzard thing. The shop is fixing the rim for me aswell. The tires are 2 weeks old, I was livid when that happend.
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If you still think that you might have a bent rim after jacking the car and spinning it yourself you should do the following. Find a local wheel shop that has a Hunter gsp9700. This machine tests for wheel vibration and will be able to easily tell you if you have a bent rim. Ask to watch as they do the test. If its bad you'll be able to see the wheel vibrate easily. I don't know if they have discount tire where you are but I do know that they have the gsp9700. Hope that helps...
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If you still think that you might have a bent rim after jacking the car and spinning it yourself you should do the following. Find a local wheel shop that has a Hunter gsp9700. This machine tests for wheel vibration and will be able to easily tell you if you have a bent rim. Ask to watch as they do the test. If its bad you'll be able to see the wheel vibrate easily. I don't know if they have discount tire where you are but I do know that they have the gsp9700. Hope that helps...
hey that sounds like familiar advice
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