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Old 02-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #21
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Have a friend follow when you go down the road- see if the rims, run true or wobble
Cheap diagnostic- just owe friend a favor
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:31 PM   #22
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Bent rims

I've bent two on my 02 since I bought it. I swear these Aluminum wheels made in China have to be junk. The least pot hole one hits causes a flat spot on the wheel. And as far as balancing? They can balance a cement block but making it go down the road smooth?? Now you know what I mean. Cost to have my wheels reconditioned? $100.00 apiece. Ouch....damm that hurts.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:55 PM   #23
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So what do they do when they recondition a wheel?
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:04 AM   #24
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How do they straighten em'?

They mount the bent rim on a lathe and apply torch heat on the flat area. Then rotating the rim, they take a staionary roller and apply pressure on the insise section of the condition. rim. Gradual rotations and pressures bring the wheel back to original. The outfit that performs this task act like its secrete science but it's really a 20 min. job.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:39 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by mrdeath2000 View Post
I had this issue on mine, couldnt figure it out. Once I replaced my Front lower control arms, struts, mounts and swaybar links + alignment, it was all good.

Upon inspecting the parts I removed, my guess was the swaybar links because the joints were floppy, not tight at all.

They're pretty cheap on Rockauto.com, spring for the moogs, but anything is better than nothing.
lets dump 600 dollars into a 10 year old car with limited information from the original poster. BRILLIANT
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #26
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Hey, the way everyone throws parts at a problem, why not?

I myself would not prefer to re-straighten an aluminum alloy wheel, too easy to be cracked. Steel, yeah, I've done it by hand with no lathe............
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:15 AM   #27
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Dardas,

Hopefully who ever sold you the new tires would not let you mount them on bent rims. If your rims are bent replace them, the cheapest way would be to find some used stock rims.

What you need to do is to go to a front end specialist that can drive over 60. Tell him you are not paying him to replace ball joints, struts or anything else. What you are paying is for him to solve the problem. Sometimes I hire a mechanic to replace a part or to perform a service. Other times I hire them to diagnose and solve an issue. Sure a professional will want a fee to diagnose and prepare a quote and that is fair. Shop around for a good front end specialist

Since your car is ten years old and you do not know how it was maintained for the first eight, it maybe that most of your front end components are/were shot. Since you do not have the knowledge to determine if a part needs replacing, find a pro that can.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:31 AM   #28
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X2 and absolutely. What most techs love for you to do is come in already with the idea of what is wrong yourself, that way they do not have to diagnose and can blame you when the outcome is not right. Like free money. That's most likely how so many on this site waste so much money on changing parts, they are sure of what the problem is until the solution does not fix it, having listened way too much to Dad or brother or the 'family friend' who has no clue. The so-called family friend who is a 'trained ASE mechanic' has wasted billions of other people's dollars and pretty much gets off scot free. Of course half the time he does not even exist.........
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:00 PM   #29
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When I bought my Se there were a set of old escort steel wheels on them with shot tires (belts broken and the lot) that looked like hell.

I bought a set of 4 steel wheels off a crashed Focus for $80 and a $15 set of plastic wheelcovers from BiMart.

They look sharp, and they don't require those low-sidewall-profile tires that are so close to the wheels that every time you hit a pothole the wheel pooches in. And they clean up nice in the car wash, I don't have to sit in a puddle of dirty water for an hour with a rag, cleaning them.

I'm not going around 90 degree corners at 80Mph so the increased sidewall flex is not an issue. But I do hit a lot of crummy roads with holes in them every day.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:32 PM   #30
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This thread is for Dardas and his problem

tmittelstaedt, I believe this thread is for Dardas and his issue. If you are having an issue with your car and desire help, you should start your own thread.
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