First time poster here.
So my mother was driving her 1998 Honda Accord the other day and mistook a center median for the turn lane… The aftermath was a dent in one of the front wheels along the rim. The dent is about 2-3 inches along the rim and about 1 inch deep. Luckily there are no cracks!
So we thought going to a junkyard to pick out a new wheel would be the answer. Unfortunately for us the Accord is a very reliable car and out of the 10 junkyards in the St. Louis area we called, none could be found. To make matters worse, the 6 cylinder model (which we own) has a 5-bolt configuration as opposed to the much more popular 4 cylinder’s 4-bolt configuration.
My question is: is it worth taking a propane torch and a hammer to the dent? The wheel is steel, and like I said, no cracks, and it doesn’t seem to be significantly distorted. I’ve been quoted at $150 for a repair, and $50 from one of the junkyards to ‘find’ one.
If the DIY option is possible, does anyone have any suggestions/tips/hints on how to do this without damaging the wheel further?