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Old 02-15-2020, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hit pothole hard, flat tire & dented rim; is there any further damage? pics attached

I have a 2003 BMW 330CI and was driving about 50 mph and hit a pothole very hard, very loud. The tire went flat and I replaced it with the spare. The rim turned out to be dented as you can see in the picture. I drove the car with the spare and it seemed to drive okay. It still drove smooth with no funny sounds or what not. There was no drifting to one side or anything like that; alignment seemed okay. I have questions about this please:

1) Approximately how much will it cost to repair the dented rim?

2) Even though the car drove okay with the spare on, I'm still concerned that there was other damage due to how hard and loud it was hitting the pothole. With the pictures attached to this thread, do you guys see any damage at all?

3) Even though the car drives okay, should I still get an alignment done? Or should I have a mechanic check it out just to be on the safe side?

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Old 02-15-2020, 10:58 PM   #2
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If the alignment is fine I wouldn't worry about it. BMW wheels bend like cheese, I just bent two of my style 65's on my M5 last fall on one pot hole doing about 40-45. All 4 wheels on my dads 20k mile Z4 were bent from lovely NJ roads.

If I had to guess, that wheel will probably cost between 80-100 to fix, but find a few reputable wheel shops and get quotes. It can most likely be fixed, but be prepared for something to go wrong. When fixing the wheels on the Z4, one of them cracked the minute the machine put pressure on the wheel.
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that hard a hit you likely “mushroomed” your strut tower.

other possibles to inspect for would be busting the control arm bushing and possibly bending the control arm.
your shock doesn’t appear blown.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:39 PM   #4
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This cost me $150 to repair (less dent than yours). Pothole at something around 50-60. Note the blown sidewall...about 200 miles from home...with no lug wrench (fortunately I was able to borrow one)...

Then there was the cost of tires...
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that hard a hit you likely “mushroomed” your strut tower.

other possibles to inspect for would be busting the control arm bushing and possibly bending the control arm.
your shock doesn’t appear blown.

If the strut tower or control arm bushing is damaged, would I still be able to get by driving the car? Or is it necessary to have these things fixed?
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:30 AM   #6
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When you take it to the shop to have the alignment checked, which I would suggest at a minimum, they will be able to determine what else is bent or broken.
BTW: I would not waste the money on repairing a rim that is bent. Wheel shops in my area wouldn't even consider it. I would just find a used replacement.

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Old 02-16-2020, 06:40 AM   #7
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If the steering wheel is still in the same orientation as before and it drives straight without pulling to one side, chances are the alignment is ok. The strut tower damage would be visible so just pop the hood and have a look.
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:58 AM   #8
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That rim is best suited for spare tire duty after several blows with a BFH deadblow.

Only an in the air inspection with large channelocks, pry bars and eyes will let you know if something is awry.

Consider yourself fortunate, often a blow that hard adds insult to injury by popping off a side curtain airbag.
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I wouldn’t chance having that wheel repaired. You can search for used in your area (car-part*dot*com), or look for a local vendor like Keystone Auto Parts or TransWheel that deal in reconditioned wheels for much less than brand new.
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I wouldn’t chance having that wheel repaired. You can search for used in your area (car-part*dot*com), or look for a local vendor like Keystone Auto Parts or TransWheel that deal in reconditioned wheels for much less than brand new.
curious why it's best not to have rims repaired? Is a rim unsafe when repaired? The rims I have were purchased back in 2003 (Hartge 18 inch wheels) and unfortunately hard to find
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curious why it's best not to have rims repaired? Is a rim unsafe when repaired? The rims I have were purchased back in 2003 (Hartge 18 inch wheels) and unfortunately hard to find
it makes the wheel alloy weak bending it back. especially on bigger bends.
so if it’s an easy and relatively inexpensive wheel to find used it’s often better to go that route.
but on a hard to find and expensive wheel then it makes sense to repair it.
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it makes the wheel alloy weak bending it back. especially on bigger bends.
so if it’s an easy and relatively inexpensive wheel to find used it’s often better to go that route.
but on a hard to find and expensive wheel then it makes sense to repair it.
I'm actually going to a wheel shop this week to see whether or not it could be repaired. Based on the picture, do you feel this wheel is repairable? Is this considered a bigger bend?
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A used or refinished rim could be bought for $100-$200, so I wouldn't use it after such a hit. Once you've replaced the tire and wheel I'd have the alignment and components checked.
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The shop that straightened mine does dozens every day. If the shop is confident in the repair then I would be, too.
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I'm actually going to a wheel shop this week to see whether or not it could be repaired. Based on the picture, do you feel this wheel is repairable? Is this considered a bigger bend?
i have seen one of the most respected wheel repair/refinishing shops by me repair similar. but a lot may not be showing. they usually won’t do axis bend repairs. also a lot depends on the grade of wheel alloy, casting vs forged and shop.

i swear they look up how much the same wheel costs new. because it always seems to cost about 2/3rds the cost of new wheel to replace.
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Old 02-18-2020, 10:20 PM   #16
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Could the rear tire/wheel be damaged too? I was so focused on the front passenger dented wheel and flat tire that I totally forgot about the rear tire. I just checked the air pressure and there was no leakage at all.

I had the wheel/tire checked out and no damage was sustained fortunately. Which was a surprise considering how damaged the front wheel/tire was

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Mine wasn't. In the process I replaced all four tires after the blowout so I don't know if the tire was compromised.

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Mine wasn't. In the process I replaced all four tires after the blowout so I don't know if the tire was compromised.
Did your front rim/wheel sustain damage? And if so, did your rear rim/wheel sustain damage too?
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My WK2 Grand Cherokee has 20"factory wheels and I had one repaired for $100. It wasnt as extreme as yours though. I'd say its 50/50 as to whether that is repairable. I can't tell what wheels you have from the pic, but if it is a factory wheel that is common, I'd check ebay for a used one. Again, depending on your wheel, it may be more cost effective anyways.
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My WK2 Grand Cherokee has 20"factory wheels and I had one repaired for $100. It wasnt as extreme as yours though. I'd say its 50/50 as to whether that is repairable. I can't tell what wheels you have from the pic, but if it is a factory wheel that is common, I'd check ebay for a used one. Again, depending on your wheel, it may be more cost effective anyways.
The wheel is a one piece Hartge Classic purchased in 2003. I checked all over the internet and local ads but couldn't find a used one unfortunately.

Just curious but does the extent of the bend in the wheel determine the price of repair? The more bent out of shape it is, the more expensive the repair would be? Because they actually charged me $165 to have my wheel repaired

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