Regardless of whether you misjudged your parallel parking space or collided with the curb to avoid hitting something else, your wheel may have suffered from a rash on the curb. After checking your damage quickly, you’ll have to plan your next moves. If one of your wheels has scraped off the curb and is injured, here’s what you can expect.
First, check for possible tire damage
First of all, consider your safety and the safety of your passengers. If the tire is severely damaged, do not try to drive on it. Look carefully at the tire sidewall and check for damage:
- A bulge or blister on the sidewall indicates serious damage to the tire structure. If you see this, drive carefully to your local tire store as it needs to be replaced.
- Scratches and scrapes may only be superficial, but it is a good idea to have them checked by a tire professional as soon as possible.
- Rips in the sidewall of your tire, or gouges that have removed the rubber, are generally a big concern. The sidewall is usually the weakest part of any tire, so you can’t ignore even small damage.
- Any damage near the bead of the tire can cause the tire to come off your rims, so if you see anything, drive carefully to the tire store.
In general, tire sidewall damage often requires tire replacement. Despite this, the tires are quite strong, so if you do not take into account the speed, the curb should do nothing more than scrub the rubber.
Estimating the cost of repairing wheel damage
Most often, the rims make heavy clashes with the curb. The type of rims you own and the extent of the damage are two factors that will determine the cost of repair or replacement. The more exotic or exclusive the rim, the more repair it costs.
Four main types of rims
Understanding the type of rim you have is important if you are going to estimate the cost of repairing curb damage.
- Steel rim： Steel is durable and can withstand a lot of damage. If you have bent steel wheels, try taking them to a professional for repair. Usually, they can be arranged.
- Chrome rim：Damaged chrome wheels on the sidewalk may require sandblasting and coating, which is generally quite expensive. Many times, it is more profitable to buy a spare chrome tire.
- Aluminum alloy rim：These alloy wheels are widely offered on new vehicles. They are usually painted and often also have a transparent coat. If they are bent, it is often difficult to fix them safely. If they have been scratched or scratched, they can be sanded and repainted.
- Plastic coated rim： Plastic cladding often looks like chrome, but it is much lighter (and cheaper) for the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the repair of damaged plastic is usually not possible. Instead, you can either replace the entire wheel or try to remove and replace the plastic housing (which is not always possible).
Bottom line: if you have an alloy wheel, you are looking to sand and repaint. If you have a chrome wheel, you are looking to replace or replace it. If you have a plastic-coated wheel, you’re probably just making a replacement. What if you have steel? You can fold it back, paint it and go on your way.