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Subaru Forester RIM Odd Indentations

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I have two sets of rims and tires both the same RIMS as the original XT rims. Today I took off my winters and noticed that there are these 6 dot indentations and scratches on the inside rim. Just wondering what these could be caused from? They are on all 4 of my rims all spaced out throughout the inner rim.

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Did they ever have the pound on type wheel weights on them?


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Are there 4 or 5 on reach rim? If so it'll be from the tire machine.

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I bought them of a dealership the first year I got the car I guess 3 years ago. Since then I have only had tire swaps not a balancing that I know of that is what caught me of guard. As for how many I believe there is either 6 or 8 I will go and check and let you know.

Lastly I am assuming these are aluminum rims will this cause any issues. I am assuming not since Aluminum does not rust?

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Here is another angle looks like 7 if you include the scratch which each one has it is 8. When I bought the rims they told me they came off another Subaru. Maybe it was from the original shop they took the old ones off and put mine on??

I guess bottom line I am curious as to what caused it? Second that it was indeed from a shop/machine and not my car? and lastly that it won't affect anything and that I don't need to do anything for them not to corrode or rust?



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Hi,
I saw similar marks and dents on rims caused many times by potholes.


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A POS tire changer did that. After having more than one expensive wheel marked by similar monkeys I am now very selective of whomever changes my tires. I warn them in writing about by expectations, ensure they have not only machines that are intended for allow, expensive, wheels but also an experienced operator with a history of flawless work. It's possible, but not always attainable.

The warnings include the fact I have pictures of my wheels as delivered, and that if they are returned to me in any other condition they'll have to replace them. Then I inspect them on delivery after the tire change. By being on the same page no one is surprised.

In the OP's case he had no such opportunity and the tire changer was merely a normal shop monkey performing a routine job. He had no incentive to care about his work. That shop had no concerns either, and their machine was not up to modern standards. So marked wheels resulted... their looks have been insulted but their operation is likely uncompromized.
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Just so we are on the same page you mean the Tire machine used when they do balancing or tire replacement. That is the odd thing I have not had either since I bought the tire and rims. So I am assuming it happened at that time?

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Tire changing machine, and its use.

Good machines used by good technicians are provided with plastic protectors for the rim-grasping parts and the bar that separates the tire from the rim.
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Just so we are on the same page you mean the Tire machine used when they do balancing or tire replacement. That is the odd thing I have not had either since I bought the tire and rims. So I am assuming it happened at that time?

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Yes that is correct. The tire machine they use when installing tires has several arms on them that extend out from the center to lock the wheel in place (usually 4) while they install the tire. This can mark up the wheels if the tech isn't careful.

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