I just noticed this damage to my wheel rim. The damage appears to be more light gouges than just scratches. Is this something I should get looked at, or is it just cosmetic? Thanks![enter image description here]1

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! I think this damage, colloquially called "curb rash," is merely cosmetic. I would feel comfortable continuing to use the wheel. You could use some sandpaper and silver paint to neaten it up, but that isn't necessary. May 11, 2018 at 18:38

1 Answer 1


It is purely cosmetic. There is plenty of safety margin in all rims. The only worry is that the damage would act as a stress riser, but that mainly applies to rims that are used near their limit, like bicycle rims. Car rims have a huge safety margin, so there is nothing to worry about.

What you should investigate carefully is damage on the tire. Tire sidewall damage is a cause for concern. I don't see such damage in your case.

You were fortunate that you didn't damage your tire sidewall.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .