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  • Can you weld a steel car wheel to stop a leak?

    Can you MIG weld a steel car wheel to stop a slow leak where the wheel has a bit of rust? Anyone ever do this?
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    You may find that the heat exacerbates the "little bit" of rust. Generally, at least on car bodies, you have to "cur back" yo sound metal before welding.
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    • #3
      The short answer is that, yes, you can weld a steel wheel if you have a hole in it. But it's usually a lot more complicated than that by how the hole was formed, making the repair questionably sound.

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      • #4
        It was so small I needed soap to find it. I deflated the tire, hit it with the grinder and it was solid so I put a tack weld on it. : )
        Holding fine! I'm thinking soldering it might have been fine as well since we are only talking 32 psi.
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        • #5
          Sounds good! Certainly worth the attempt!

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          • #6
            Really aint sposed to weld on a wheel with the tire on. Seems maybe if no rubber was behind it ok but there are cases of some delayed exothermic reaction,,,, I dont recall the details or even exact the problem but it can be. I am sure its rather rare but we sw some post or warning on it, been a while rgough.
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