When it comes to Land Rover maintenance and repair, your wheels and tyres may not be the first thing that you think about. However, a bent or damaged wheel can be very dangerous, and expensive.
Bent rims can pinch and pop your tyres, leading to blowouts. They can also cause mechanical issues and problems with the handling and control of your Land Rover.
Here are the top 4 signs that your rim may be bent, and that your wheel should be replaced.
1. Vibration And Shakiness When Steering
One of the most obvious signs of a bent rim is shakiness and vibration that gets transmitted up the steering column. When a rim is bent and damaged, it will cause your tyre to make uneven contact with the surface of the road.
This leads to “shakiness” and vibration when you’re driving. Shakiness in the front, such as the steering column, is a sign that your front rim is bent, while vibration in your seat or farther behind your vehicle may indicate that your rear rim has been damaged and bent.
2. Your Car Isn’t Handling The Way It Used To
A bent rim can lead to issues with your tyre pressure and other problems. This can significantly impact the steering and performance of your Land Rover. If your car feels “slushy” or like you cannot control it properly, you may have a bent rim.
I suggest you do a quick visual inspection or bring your Land Rover to JGS4X4 to have it checked out as soon as possible.
3. There Is Visible Damage To Your Wheel
Wheel damage is usually obvious, but if you have large metal or plastic hubcaps, you may not be able to easily detect damage to your wheel. It should be quite easy to remove your hubcaps and examine your tyre to see if there is any damage.
Once the hubcap has been removed, look all around each one of your tyres, to see if there are any areas where there is obvious damage or deformation to your wheel. If there is, it needs to be repaired and straightened, or replaced if there is serious damage.
A Range Rover Sport owner recently came to JGS4X4 with a vibration coming through the steering wheel. The owner had the wheels balanced but the tyre fitter failed to notice this bad buckle on the inside of the wheel!
One of JGS4X4’s technicians fitted the spare spare and the vibration was solved whilst a new wheel was ordered.
Your wheel is designed to fit flush against your tyre. When the wheel is bent and pulls away from the tire, it can cause air leaks, or even press against the rubber and cause a flat.
If your tyre is deflating quickly, and you find yourself filling it up every few days or weeks, you may have some tyre damage that is causing a slow leak.
If you continue driving on this tyre, you could be at risk of a serious blowout, so you should get it fixed right away. You may want to carry an air compressor with you at all times. One of our biggest sellers is the TMAX 12v air compressor
Familiarise yourself with these 4 signs and prevent damage to your Land Rover! If you continue driving on a bent rim, you could be putting yourself and your vehicle at risk.
Don’t risk your Land Rover – or your life! Check the 4 signs of a bent rim as soon as you feel a difference in your Land Rovers’ driving experience.