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Good morning, Mike

I curbed one of my wheels. They are brushed aluminum, I think, with a clear coat finish . The damage is on the lip but needs to be filled before applying the clear. I have wheel putty that is used when there is paint applied but am unsure what to use on this wheel / any suggestions? It is a Agency Power wheel .

Thanks, Wayne

Send me a picture of the wheel, especially the damaged area. I can give you better advice if I see the damage and the original finish. But:

Minor cosmeticdamage might be touched up by carefully removing the clearcoat in the damaged area with paint stripper, sanding with #360 sandpaper to match the surrounding area, and featheredging in more clearcoat. The odds of being able to match the original brushed area with the repaired area is slim, but not impossible. I’ve done it by spinning the wheel on a wheel-balancing machine while sanding, but it’s dangerous.  (Just ask my mechanic friend Lefty about the danger of holding your hands too close to a spinning wheel…)

If the damage is more than minor, unfortunately you’ll need to have the rim professionally restored. This involves removing any clearcoat, and then welding more metal on to cover the divots, then machining the wheel back to its original profile on a high-speed lathe, then renewing the finish with  sandpaper while still on the lathe. Any painted areas are masked and painted, and then the whole wheel gets clearcoated. There are many specialty shops that can do this, but you’ll probably be without the wheel for a week or more, plus shipping times. Yes, you have to demount the tire.

And, after all that, that wheel probably won’t match the other three perfectly. You’ll probably need to redo at least one more wheel so the two on the same side match.







From: Wayne Rose [mailto:waynerosebmw@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 6:14 AM
To: questions@saturdaymechanic.com
Subject: wheel damaged



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  2. Ms. Gideonse says:

    I have a 2000 Mercury Sable with 180,000 miles it is using fuel at an alarming rate. I have been told it is the fuel pressure sensor , that there was more pressure on the fuel than the book recommended. Now Ford says this part is not being made and I cannot find it. Ford is looking to put in production. The local ford shop said he has 385 back orders for this part. Do you have any suggestions? Thank You

    • Mike Allen says:

      Are talking about the pressure sensoror the pressure regulator? Ford parts has no listing for the regulator, and you say the fuel pressure is too high. To me, that says regulator is bad, not the sensor. And the sensor is listed as available. I did find a number of aftermarket suppliers for the regulator, so I don’t know why your mechanic couldn’t find one. Unless he’s working for a Ford dealer that won’t buy aftermarket parts. Or maybe he’s just not interested in working on an older car with a lot of problems that will turn into a headache for him.
      I’d try a different mechanic. But feel free to write back to me with more specifics, like the part number of what your mechanic thinks he needs. That 3.0 V6 in your Sable was a staple for a number of years in the Ford lineup — there should be plenty of parts available from someone, not just Ford.


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