Wheel Repair Atlanta

Wheel Repair Checklist: How to Determine if Your Wheels Need to be Replaced

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drivers in the U.S. will put almost 3 billion miles on their tires this year. We know you depend on your car's tires to get you through your busy day. From dropping the kids off at soccer practice to navigating rush hour traffic in Atlanta; you trust the wheels on your car to get you through life safely and quickly. Yet many people don't realize when wheel repair is needed until it's too late. Maintaining your tires is extremely important but most drivers don't put much time into understanding when wheels need to be replaced or serviced. This can greatly improve the safety of your vehicle, extend the life of your tires and save you money.

So, how do you know when wheel repair is needed? Here are some ways to identify when your tires need to get serviced:

  • Use the Penny Test to check your tire tread. Just place a penny upside down in the center of the tread. If you can see the the top of Lincoln's head or the copper above it , it's time to go shopping for new tires! Once the tread is down to 1/16th of an inch or 1.6mm, they need to be replaced.
  • Check the side wall for abnormal bubbles or bulges. This can indicate if the internal frame of the tire has been damaged or cracked. This type of damage is often caused by large potholes or driving with low tire pressure. Tires with sidewall bubbles should be immediately replaced, even if your tire tread looks fine.
  • Replace your wheels every six years. The NHTSA recommends replacing your tires every six years no matter how much they're been used. Ten years is the maximum service life for tires. Check your owners manual for recommendations, but always err on the side of caution if you think your tires are more than six years old.
  • Are you experiencing a noticeably bumpy ride or vibration in your steering wheel? When your tires are unevenly worn your steering wheel may vibrate. This means your tires probably need to be re balanced. If that doesn't end the vibrations then you probably have tire damage.
  • Look out for dry rot! Dry rot occurs when the rubber in your tires breaks down. This can cause damage to the exterior of your car because tires with dry rot will fall apart and separate form the steel belt.
  • Check your suspension. If your tires wear out faster than expected bring your vehicle to a reliable car body shop in Atlanta to have your suspension checked before replacing your tires. Worn suspension parts and improper wheel alignment can shorten the life of your tires.

If you need wheel repair in Atlanta visit the Hendrick Luxury Collision Center. Our expert technicians specialize in a variety of services including wheel alignment and alloy wheel repair. We can make your wheels look like new and identify other problems before they become more significant issues. Curb damage, scratches and dings can be eliminated, leaving you with beautiful wheels (chrome wheels excluded). Our Buford Collision Center is located near Suwanee, Gainesville and Cumming.

If you need wheel alignment or wheel repair outside of Atlanta stop by one of our many Collision & Repair Centers throughout the United States. We have auto body shops located in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas and California.

Rick Hendrick Luxury Collision Center of Buford

4510 South Lee Street
Directions Buford, GA 30518 3317

  • Collision Center: 855-219-4834

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  • Monday: 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Thursday: 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

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