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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help Please. Bent Rim

Hey guys,

I just joined because I recently slid my girlfriends 2009 Cobalt into a curb...

I couldn't have been going more than 5 mph but it managed to take the tire off of the rim and bend the rim pretty bad. We were traveling out of town so I had to get a "quick fix". MTB managed to bang the crap out of it and get the tire back on. They said they aligned it and put a weight on it.

Well I finally get it back on but after getting to about 35 mph it starts getting shaky and it gets worse until you get to about 65 (I assume it stabilizes because its spinning so fast).

I had to drive it about 2 hours on the highway back to our hometown. It didn't seem to get any worse, but it still is pretty shaky between 35-70mph.

Even though the guys at MTB said they aligned the tire (and put a weight on it) do you think its still most likely the rim, or do you think it could be deeper like the tie rod or steering rod? I'm hoping its the rim because I could snag one at a local salvage yard.

Is there anyway to tell if its the rim for sure? To my shock it didn't come with a spare tire, can I switch it with a back tire??

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 11:02 PM
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Jack it up and spin the wheel, you should be able to see if it's still bent. One of my rims is bent and I keep it on the rear (it shook like crazy on the front but rear is not noticeable.)
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 04:59 AM
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Take your wheel/tire to a tire shop, have them perform a balance on the wheel and request a wheel run-out check as well. If they are using a Hunter Road Force balancer or Hunter product, ensure you visually see them run two little arms against where the wheel is and watch it spin. That will determine if the wheel is bent.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 05:28 AM
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You should have a donut under the trunk cover.

Switch front and rear from the same side, if the shaking follows the wheel, you know where you stand.

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