Wheels are one of those parts that are under constant pressure and do heavy-duty work balancing between forces of acceleration, braking, and friction. These wheels are supported by structures called rims that offer resistance and a framework for the rubber tire to sit upon.
Just like how legs in your example, wheels are the ones that carry the entire weight of the vehicle, the occupants, and any additional bulky load you add into the vehicle. Therefore, they are one of the most significant parts of a vehicle.
Just as how your legs provide support and strength to your posture and motion, similarly, wheels carry the entire weight and load and provide adequate balance while in motion. The automobile wheel assembly consists of an assembly of many parts.
They include a disc or a drum brake system, a rim, tires, and the nuts and bolts that hold the parts together. This is just a general idea and not the specific parts.
In this assembly, the disc and the rim are both pressed together firmly and welded to give a smooth balanced equalized ride to the passengers of the vehicle. Doing so also helps increase the mileage of the automobile.
Companies usually advise people to maintain a tire pressure of 25 to 35 PSI depending on the type of wheel, type of automobile, and the terrain, and weather in which the vehicle is driven.
But just as everything else on this planet, everything subjected to forces will result in wear and tear. Likewise, wheels and rims also need maintenance, repair, and sometimes replacement. While people remember to check their tires regularly and if needed repair or replace them, they often forget that rims need repair or maintenance.
In case you get a bent rim or damage your rims, you should take care to immediately replace the rims with a new set of rims or repair the damage at the earliest before you drive the vehicle again.
Driving a vehicle with damaged rims will lead to damaged tires that will affect your driving and handling of the vehicle.
While repairing a bent rim or a damaged rim, the first thing you should consider is the price. Not just the price of the product, but also the cost of labor and other associated costs. Usually, rims are made of steel, but more recently alloys and chromes are also used. Wherever you go for a repair make sure they are licensed and can do a professional rim repair.
Rims of simple steel are cheaper while the alloy and chrome rims are more costly. In most cases, the alloy and chrome ones cost nearly double that of the steel ones, but that may not be the case in every vehicle in every part of the world.
Sometimes when rims or wheels are subjected to excessive forces over a long period or subjected to sudden huge forces the rims do get deformed or damaged. Ideally, rims are supposed to last around ten to twelve years depending on a variety of factors. Excessive forces or blunt forces that directly impact the rim cause deformations on the rims resulting in bent rims. Forces may be from accidents or other extraordinary circumstances. It can also occur from driving through different difficult uneven terrains like loose rocks, roadblocks, potholes, speed bumps, etc. In such cases remember to repair or replace your rim properly before driving.