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Re: Can I repair my Cat C Accident Damaged Laguna II 2.0 DCi Initiale Sports Tourer
I don't want the thread heading away from its intended path, down a blind alley, but the tyre has deflated from hitting the kerb, and not during the impact (tyre would have grooves cut into the sidewall, and there would be no air at all in the tyre), where the pic clearly shows some air is still present.
I agree, attempting to balance the wheel would show if it has been distorted, and fitting a tyre would prove if the rim itself was true. I can't see why there would be buckling on the inside of the rim, when the tyre struck the kerb at 90 degrees - I would predict that what you see on one side, will mirror what's on the other.
And to be honest (as someone who repairs damaged wheels), I've seen a tyre deflated just by hitting a kerb, and no damage occured (apart from the cosmetic aspect) - the fact the tyre was inflated when it hit the kerb is crucial to this perspective.
I also (looking closely at the picture) think the suspension damage has occured from hitting the kerb, more than another vehicle, as there is only grazing & scuffing on the bumper & wing, and its the door which looks to have been the major focal point of the impact.
A moot point, but one worth pointing out, methinks.
I'd still say this is repairable, and I'll go on record saying I don't believe the chassis is out of alignment.
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