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I have a 2014 Mazda 3 S Touring with the 18 inch gloss black wheels. Last week I ran over something and it blew a hole in my rim! Has anyone experienced the same thing? Or ever heard of that happening? Still trying to figure out how theres a hole in my rim but not in the tire.
 

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I bet there is a small puncture in that tire somewhere. The way its fractured looks like something was pushed through from the inside.
There have been quite a few similar incidents reported on the MX-5 ND forum on Miata.net. Low profile tires make it pretty easy for piece of debris to penetrate both the tire and the rim.
 

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These were originally the alloy rims but I had them powder-coated black. I thought I read somewhere that powder coating rims weakens the strength of the alloy, but Im not entirely sure if that is true or not.

I ordered a replacement rim from Mazda last week, it should be here Tuesday. I was told that my tire is fine, but I guess we'll really find out once I get the new rim on there.

Not the best start to 2018
 

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I don't know how the tire can be tested with a huge hole in the rim. Maybe it should be mounted and tested now so you don't have to order a new tire next week.:dunno:
 

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Just an update, there is a hole in my tire as well that can't be patched so it looks like im gonna need a new tire as well.

Also my black rim came in from Mazda and was installed today. However, it looks like it was poorly painted. There are bubbles in some corners and peeling already in some areas as well. Plus the inside of the wheel is only partially painted black. The finish is also rough in some areas. Headed back to the dealership to see what went wrong and what they can do to fix it. Very disappointed with what they gave me.
 

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Mazda will make it right. Probably their wheel supplier let a faulty item slip through on a Friday afternoon. It shouldn't happen. They should be embarrassed about such poor quality control.

Too bad about that damage. Those low sidewall tires don't provide much room between the road and the rim nowadays, but a spike would probably do-in a taller tire too.
 

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I've had 6 tires replaced under warranty of some sort in 130k worth of driving. Low profile curse. Seriously contemplating 17s the next time I replace tires.
 

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Oven Cleaner horror ...

Saw a youtube video where oven cleaner was used to clean grime off the rims. Sadly it didn't end up well on mines. I left it for too long and this is what happened.

Now I'm thinking of how to restore it on my own. One shop is charging $520 to powder coat and restore.
I am thinking on sanding down with sandpaper, apply clear coat and after some polish.

 

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You put oven cleaner on your rims? Yeah... don't do that...ever. There are products specifically designed for cleaning wheels and rims and you should stick to using them.

You will not be able to fix that yourself. It needs to be completely resurfaced before a new finish can be put on it. Most places around here charge $125 a rim to resurface it, so $250 sounds reasonable.
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Once again we see that social media is not real life....
Yeah, oven cleaner can eat aluminum pretty badly, probably says so right on the can.
 

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Ignorance is bliss, right.

When I can, will take it to a shop. Can I coat the rims with something, in the meantime, to prevent it from getting worst, since it doesn't have a protective coating?
 

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Ignorance is bliss, right.

When I can, will take it to a shop. Can I coat the rims with something, in the meantime, to prevent it from getting worst, since it doesn't have a protective coating?
Won't make a difference at this point. Anything you put on there might make it more difficult to repair anyhow.
 

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These were originally the alloy rims but I had them powder-coated black. I thought I read somewhere that powder coating rims weakens the strength of the alloy, but Im not entirely sure if that is true or not.
Properly applied Powder coating will not harm a wheel. Unfortunately there are to many shops that do not adhere to the manufacture procedure of the powder they use. We always strip a wheel either bead,sand or other media that will only remove the previously painted or polished wheel finish and/or Aircraft paint stripper for some PC or epoxy painted wheels. Chrome or nickel plated wheels we send to the "Chrome Shop" to be stripped . None of these stripping procedures
will structurally harm the integrity of most wheels. There are always exceptions to any rule of thumbs which I don't think would fit most applications this forum having to do with newer Mazda?
Looking at the the pictures you posted of your wheel naturally unless I saw them in person which could change my thoughts, can be fixed with any specialized wheel repair shop. And your wheel looks like a single stage PC so it can be repaint to match the rest of the wheels. I would be only cautious of some shops offering both repair and re-painting. These are both highly specialized applications. We will powder-coat most any wheel ( or most anything for that matter) however we leave wheel repair to another within our "group" of shops.
 
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