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Old 04-11-06, 08:24 AM   #1
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how much should a shop charge for wheel truing?

I made friends with a car today, and my front wheel is badly out of true. I want to have it trued up while I'm at work; how much should a local shop charge me to true both of my wheels? They're standard, non-race wheels.

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Old 04-11-06, 08:27 AM   #2
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Usually shops charge between $10 - $20 per wheel. The average is about $14-$15 per wheel. If you made friends with a car hopefully the wheels are trueable.
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We made nicey-nice. They're not taco'ed or anything, but they're out of lateral and vertical (?) true.
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$20 or a little less seems pretty standard, but you may get charged more if the wheels are really out of whack or if there are bent spokes to be replaced. I hope they can be fixed.

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Vertical truing can be more of a problem, specifically if the rim has a flat spot. A wheel has its shape because of spoke tension, and flat spots in the rim don't become un-flat by removing some of the spoke tension. Most good shops will tell you your prognosis after an initial look.
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I made friends with a car today, and my front wheel is badly out of true. I want to have it trued up while I'm at work; how much should a local shop charge me to true both of my wheels? They're standard, non-race wheels.

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That question can't be answered accurately over the internet. It depends on the condition of the wheel and the what the mechanic actually does. Honestly, it might too little mechanic's time to bother charging for, it might require completely replacing the rim and spokes, and it could be absolutely anything in between.
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I made friends with a car today, and my front wheel is badly out of true. I want to have it trued up while I'm at work; how much should a local shop charge me to true both of my wheels? They're standard, non-race wheels.
If it was the car driver's fault, and he/she is paying for it, you should get a new wheel. A bent then straightened wheel will never be as strong as a never damaged one.

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If the wheel can be trued, about $10-20 per wheel. Otherwise, they will recommend a new rim, in which case it will be the cost of a new rim, maybe new spokes (if they want to do it right), and about $25-35 labor.
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All above sounds about right, hope it can be fixed...
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