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Wheel Repair?

Wheel Repair?

Well I just got my first scrape on my left rear wheel. Nice divit along the tire. No sharp edges. No Bend. Tire is untouched. No air lose. Called Tesla Service in Devon. They can replace wheel or repair. I choose repair. Their guy came to my house. Now it looks very good. Of course he had to sand it smooth and repaint. However I'm thinking wheel balance is needed. (I haven't driven it yet) What do you all think?

johncrab | 22 août 2014

If an alloy wheel can be "repaired", it wasn't bad. Unless you feel anything odd when driving, it can probably wait until your next tire rotation, then tell them what happened so they can pay closer attention to that wheel.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

Johnctab,

Thanks. James the tire guy said it was doable. Any deeper it would have to be metal filled. It looks fine. Not noticeable unless you go looking. You can see the two spokes and the lip on the edge have been ground down.

jai9001 | 22 août 2014

How much did they charge you for the repair?

Pics?

akikiki | 22 août 2014

Athouny! Your car/wheels are near brand new. Already scrapped a wheel? Stop that, no more! Bad Anthony, bad.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

jai9001,
James only charged $75.00. It seems complicated to post a picture. Until I figure this out sorry no Pics.
akikiki,
Yes, I'm a Baaaaaaaaaaaaad Boy! Will stop now.

nickjhowe | 22 août 2014

@Anthony - You should upload the pictures to fickr, imageshack.us or your favorite hosting site, then copy the 'share' code that starts with <a href=... or <img src=...

If the code already includes a "width=" item, change the number to be 600 to make it fit here; also delete the height="..." bit so that the picture retains its aspect ratio. If it doesn't, find the bit of the code that starts with <img src=... and find the > sign. Add width="600" just before it.

You should be good to go.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

I did it! I posted the before picture. What do you all think?

JonathanL | 22 août 2014

21" or 19"?

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

Hope this works

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

This is the picture of the repair: https://flic.kr/p/ozmMPZ
EdwardG.NO2CO2,
How did you get the pic to show?

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

Follow the directions of GeekEV. His link to how is in your other thread!

IMG_1061

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

That looks very good!

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

Here is the link to GeekEV directions just for Flickr account.

http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/how-post-pictures

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

EdwardG.NO2CO2,
Thank you. Think should have the wheel balanced?

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

https://www.flickr.com/photos/126359338@N02/14817349667/in/photostream/player/" width="375" height="500" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen>

wamochi | 22 août 2014

That looks like a perfect repair and $75 is a steal!

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014
EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

You grabbed the BB code, you need to copy the HTML code so select the middle radio button.

I am not an expert on balance but I would think no need to get it done unless you notice a vibration at high speed. Next time you are in for service you might get them to check that wheel.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

wamochi,
In person it is not as perfect as the picture but very good. Do you think I need spin balancing?

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

IMG_1061

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

yeah!yeah!yeah!yeah!yeah!yeah!

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

The small amount of aluminum removed would be replaced by epoxy so the difference is likely insignificant. It is likely still as good as new unless you bent it as well.

wamochi | 22 août 2014

Personally I would doubt you need a balance based on the level of damage. I've had curb rash on other cars much more severe - deeper and longer than that, and the wheels were fine and required no work. But if for some reason you feel something is off while driving at high speeds I would get it checked out .

Was it just a simple curb scrape while parking or did you go around a corner and hit a curb?

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

wamochi,
I went around a corner and hit a curb.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

EdwardG.NO2CO2,
He used no filler. He only ground it down. He said filler wouldn't hold on wheels. Only metal would hold. He said this was a border line case but it seemed to work without adding metal.

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 22 août 2014

Very interesting, not what I would expect but I know it is difficult to get good adhesion on aluminum. However many aluminum aircraft use bonding glues that handle stress for many years. You would think there would be a filler that would handle the stress.

Anthony J. Parisio | 22 août 2014

These are more a magnesium compound not just aluminum.

Anthony J. Parisio | 23 août 2014

I'm glad it turned out as well as it did.

EdwardG.NO2CO2 | 23 août 2014

Pretty much all aluminum has some magnesium and a variety of other metals in the alloy. But that indeed may make formulating a good filler problematic. I agree the repair turned out very well and quite surprised it was entirely ground out. The repainted is well done as well.

ROCDOC | 23 août 2014

Anthony, nice repair for just $75. Do you think this happened because you weren't used to the width of the car? My S85 is scheduled to arrive in a month - I fully expect to have something like this happen to me in the first week after delivery. Always happens to me with a new car - ding, scratch, something happens that reminds me that it's just a car and it's nearly impossible to keep it perfect. At least you got it out of your system now.

Anthony J. Parisio | 23 août 2014

EdwardG.NO2CO2,
You are right.
ROCDOC,
It happen not only because it wide it is also long. But Mostly because it moves like a much smaller, lighter, sportier car than it is. So I forgot for a second just how long and wide this car is and turned left as if I was driving a small sports car. While you are right something always happens to a new car, this was my fault. I have been driving Thor like he is a corvette. I need to remember he is a full size wonderful sadan! It maybe easy to forget this but don't make my mistake. Respect the grandness of this awesome car.

omarsultan.ca.us | 23 août 2014

The width is a bit tricky - I curbed my S85 twice, both times making (low speed) left turns. Both times, the SvC fixed the curb rash, no wheel balancing required. If you hit the curb hard enough, you might want to keep an eye on the alignment.

O

info | 13 janvier 2016

When the tire is not removed off the rim, you would not need to balance the wheel unless it was causing vibration. In many causes when a wheel has minor curb damage, it will be fixed without removing the tire. In the cause of your damaged wheel, it looks good after it was touched up but if the damage was filed then it would have looked original as if it is a brand new wheel. Check out some great before & after pictures and what a difference filling a damaged wheel does to the appearance and finish of the wheel.
http://rtpcustoms.com/gallery-2/

vpoz | 13 janvier 2016

Part of the problem is the tyres chosen for the car, they don't protrude past the rims, so the rims catch the curb first and Scrooonch!
Guy where I live doesn't have the problem with his Porsche Panamera, his tyres are just that bit wider than the rim.

1gremlin | 14 janvier 2016

Tesla service Tyco and Rockville Service centers fixes rims and do great jobs. I had 3 rims repaired. TLC Auto did the latest repair.