by Pat Goss
Pat Goss shows you how to take the dings out of your wheels without putting a huge dent in your wallet.... Over the years tires and wheels on cars have changed dramatically, and so have the problems associated with them and the ways to repair them. To talk about the wheels, we have Rob Wheely of Alloy Wheel repair specialists to share how they fix wheels. First a little bit about the company.
ROB WHEELY: Thanks Pat, Alloy Wheel Repair specialists is a worldwide franchise and we utilize mobile re-manufacturing facilities to go on site and do complete wheel repair for our customers.
PAT GOSS: OK now we do a lot of wheel service in my shop and we see stuff like this. This road rash and so on all the time. I take it this is probably a primary thing that you would do.
ROB WHEELY: Absolutely, this is your basic cosmetic damage to a wheel. This wheel would be sanded down, grinded down by our technicians. Back to factory bare metal and brought back to factory standards with factory matched paints, clear coated, and we give a life time warranty with every wheel.
PAT GOSS: So this one is going to look like this one after we fix it.
ROB WHEELY: Absolutely.
PAT GOSS: Alright now another thing that we see, cracks in the wheels can you take care of something like that?
ROB WHEELY: We can repair cracks. Each crack is assessed by our technicians to determine whether it is safe or not to repair that wheel.
PAT GOSS: And I know that you have something very unique in the ability to straighten wheels.
ROB WHEELY: We do. Each one of our mobile units has a patented wheel straightener a board. That wheels that are bent are straightened out and brought back to factory standards so they can balance out for the customer
PAT GOSS: Alright now on this wheel for instance what would be the, very quickly, the process that would would happen?
ROB WHEELY: Basically our technician would take the wheel off the customer's car, it would go into our mobile unit, the first section of our unit is a complete workshop where they repair the wheel. Whether it be to straighten the wheel, refinish it, and clean the wheel and prepare it for the paint process. Then it goes into a down draft paint booth where each wheel is painted back to factory standards. It's baked for a short period of time. And then the technician puts it back on the vehicle for the customer.
PAT GOSS: Now this is safe and the insurance companies love it.
ROB WHEELY: That's correct, Pat.
PAT GOSS: OK, Rob thank you so very much.