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DIY Alloy Repair Vs Professional Alloy Repair

You won’t be surprised to learn that a car’s wheels are among the most important parts of any vehicle to keep in good working order. Any faults or damage can prove costly, and can be dangerous to you and other road users.

This includes alloy wheel alignment. Essential for a safe driving experience, if your car’s alignment is off you could find your vehicle veering to one side as you drive it – meaning it becomes unsafe to drive.

You may think DIY alloy repair is simple, however, it can be well worth hiring professionals to carry out this kind of work. The team at Tyres Northampton uses the latest, state-of-the-art technology to realign and repair alloy wheels, and in this article we’ll explain the importance of wheel maintenance and why professional alloy repair is important.

Black alloy wheel - DIY alloy repair vs professional alloy repair

How do Alloy Wheels Get Damaged?

Alloy wheels can get damaged in a number of ways, but perhaps the most common is by touching, scraping or hitting kerbs. This type of contact with, usually, concrete or granite kerbs can result in scratched and chipped alloys and heavy impacts can cause wheels to become misaligned.

Other problems that can affect your vehicle’s balance include erosion and radial and lateral run out.

Why is Alloy Wheel Maintenance Important?

Ultimately, the main reason why it is important to maintain your alloy wheels is safety. If your wheels do become damaged, and your wheels lose their balance, then it can become dangerous to drive.

Typically, this will present itself in the form of your car veering to one side, potentially causing a hazard to you and other drivers.

As well as helping with safety, alloy wheel maintenance can also enhance the aesthetics of your vehicle, keeping wheels looking their best.

Can You do Alloy Wheel Repair Yourself?

You can get over-the-counter alloy wheel maintenance kits that are useful for dealing with minor damage to your wheels. Even repairing these light types of damage can be incredibly time consuming and is extremely hard work.

As well as this, unless you have a bead breaker to hand (not something you can always find in your average garage), it is impossible to remove the tyre from the rim and so no rim damage will be possible to fix.

While you may be able to deal with minor issues with DIY alloy repair, anything more significant should always be looked at by a professional.

Why Professional Alloy Repair is Important

Some people think that they can take care of alloy repair themselves. And while there are many skilled DIY mechanics out there, when it comes to your car’s safety you shouldn’t cut any corners.

It’s always better to rely on the experts when it comes to these types of repairs, giving you peace of mind that your vehicle’s wheels are completely realigned and operating at their best.

How Tyres Northampton Can Help

The team at Tyres Northampton has over 25 years of experience in repairing cars of all types, providing our customers with expert alloy wheel straightening and repairs services. We make use of the latest technology to realign your wheels, ensuring it is safe to drive and meets all the relevant legal specifications.

We also provide a whole host of other tyre repairs services to keep your vehicle on the road. To find out more about how Tyres Northampton can help you, get in touch today.


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