straightening bent factory wheels
I did search but didn't find much, sorry if I just missed it.
I was skeptical as to whether it would work, but not anymore.
I've been having a bouncing in the front end at certain speed ranges, pretty much exactly what you'd expect from out-of-balance tires. BUT, it wasn't constant. What it worked out to in my head (whether it makes any sense in the real world or not, I'll leave to you) is that the wheels turn at slightly different speeds when turning, and it felt like sometimes the wheels would get "in phase" where they were both going up at the same time and then going down at the same time... And then you go through a curve, so they'd be "out of phase" an sort of 'balance each other out'.
Anyway I had recently hit a gigantic gap between a bridge and the pavement at interstate speed, and I had about convinced myself that the problem got worse after that... but I can't really say for sure.
I needed new tires anyway on the front so I checked around to see if we had a place that would straighten bent wheels, and I did find a couple. They only charged $25 to check each wheel, applied toward the $105 repair charge if they needed it. I decided to take a chance.
They did the job. Truck runs smooth as glass now. In fact I think I've about come to the conclusion that all used vehicles probably have bent wheels, and that's the biggest difference that makes driving a new vehicle 'feel' so good, even more than the smell.
Just wanted to share in case anybody else comes looking like I did.
They did say they had to take my wheels to a tire shop to get them balanced, they normally deal with cars and my wheels wouldn't mount on their balancing machine. They weren't really geared up for dealing with tires the size of mine, they had to order them. I think the best solution would have been to have my regular tire folks remove the tires, then deliver the wheels to the shop for straightening, and take them back for the new tires.
The shop was Wheel Tek in Memphis on Pleasant View. I'm very glad I did it.
Last edited by Idahoser; 06-23-2013 at 06:05 AM.