2020 A35 AMG
Hey guys, so on the way to work I got a low tyre pressure warning, so I went to add some air using the pump provided but I can’t find the 12V anywhere, where is it?
I’ve not got Facebook, but I’ll message Mercedes through the Me app. I mean, should this kind of thing be happening?In the first instance I’d press the Me button to get through to AMG customer services to register the fact that the alloy has cracked, when you don’t think it should have.
Then head over to the Facebook Mercedes AMG A35 Owners Group
Put up a new post about your cracked alloy.
I remember a couple of other people on that group also had cracked alloys, but can’t find the posts now.
I’ve seen them on here for £800.Many cracks can be TIG welded successfully as you know, but the inspection is likely to be visual as opposed to ultrasound or x-ray lol.
You may choose this route, after your eyes water when you find out the cost of an alloy.....
I can vouch for @Chow Gar’s recommendation for Lepsons. I’ve used them in the past to refurb a set of alloys that we badly corroded on the inner rims and they did a brilliant jobDon't waste your money on a brand new alloy wheel. These guys have been repairing far worse damaged wheels than yours, with no combacks, for many years.
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So why not just buy that wheel on ebay?Thanks guys. I’ll consider Lepsons if I get to that point. For me right now it all depends on cost. I’ve absolutely no idea how much it would be for a company like Lepsons to repair the crack. If it’s in the region of £400+ then I’ll probably just buy a new rim.
Below that then I’d likely consider getting Lepsons to repair it. But by time I’ve driven there (Kent is 230 miles from where I live...) paid for fuel, I’ve not got much money left for the actual refurbishment itself.
You likely think I’m being pedantic, but welds can fail which is why I’m skeptical. Even if I did it myself and got it dye penetrant tested, I’d still be concerned.
Otherwise what is to say that weld won’t fail again a few months later, after paying out a load of money when I could of just bought a new rim which hasn’t previously lost any form of it’s structural integrity.
The crack may be fused, but the heat affected zone will forever remain a weak point in the metal.
If I didn’t know and had seen what I’d seen during my welding career thus far, I would think nothing of letting someone weld it up.
We’re not talking about clagging up a garden gate with some TIG, we’re talking repairing a very important component on a £40,000 car.