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Old 03-11-04, 06:21 PM   #1
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I was washing my moms es300 today and noticed the front passenger side rim has a slight crack. Here are a few pics. Is this ok or should it be replaced? Is there a way to fix it?

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Old 03-11-04, 06:22 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-04, 07:08 PM   #3
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well it will definitely affect the strength one way or the other, i would try to get it fixed
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Thanks Henry.

ANy idea how much it costs to fix it?
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I wonder how the heck the crack took place originally, seems like in a weird location. That's horrible to see it on an ES Platinum wheel. Yeah you should definitely have it checked out; I see no sense in replacing the wheel on account of just one crack. I tend to think it's almost similar to a crack on a windshield; it will only get bigger and worse
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You should replace that wheel for sure. That crack will continue across that spoke under normal driving stresses. Eventually it could fail catastrophically.

You could probably have it weld repaired, but since it is structural, I would suggest replacing it. Weld repairs are OK on rim flanges (lips), but spokes are different.

See if Lex will honor a warrantee or try looking for a used one. In the meantime, keep an eye on it. Mark it with a light scratch to monitor its progress.
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I wonder how the heck the crack took place originally, seems like in a weird location. That's horrible to see it on an ES Platinum wheel. Yeah you should definitely have it checked out; I see no sense in replacing the wheel on account of just one crack. I tend to think it's almost similar to a crack on a windshield; it will only get bigger and worse
Great observation! It is a platinum. =)
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If she has a full sized spare that matches the rest of the wheels, might consider moving it to the trunk as well.
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If she has a full sized spare that matches the rest of the wheels, might consider moving it to the trunk as well.
Thanks Dave!

I'll call Longo Lexus tomorrow and ask them if it is still under warranty since her car has less than 35k miles on it.

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In the meantime, keep an eye on it. Mark it with a light scratch to monitor its progress.
Well my mom took the car there today and they said that the light scratch that I made could have caused the crack. That is BS... I will have to call them and tell them exactly what happened.

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Service reps never cease to amaze me......
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Old 03-24-04, 03:45 PM   #12
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Replace without a doubt. repaired spots are prone to re-breaking. may want other wheels xrayed if you do not know how it started.
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easier solution would be to swap it with the spare, if you have full-size spare.
But I definitely agree that it could eventually cause a disaster. Better have it checked and fixed / replaced.
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