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Need some help with a bent wheel and flat tire

The Missus was out and about this morning and someone tried to cut her off and wound up putting her into a median curb. The car sustained a flat left front tire and good size ding in the rim. Mind you its a standard GM steel rim with wheel cover and not an aluminum rim. So I get over to the car and got whats left of the wheel cover off and took a good look at the rim. Got out the 5 LB sledge and about 10-12 persuasions later the rim is almost perfectly round again. The tire I Inflated after charging my air tank at home and its still holding air 10 hours later. Driving home the car tracks straight and Ive got no funny noises from the front end ,so at this point Im debating on if anything just replacing the tire just in case she mightve damaged the carcass. Any opinions or help or experience would be appreciated.

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Unfortunately, a "hit" that hard, most of the time will tear the belts in the tire and lead to further problems soon.
I would replace both the rim and tire myself!
I would also have the front end checked by a competent mechanic or front end specialist.
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I would think if aint leaking it's never going to and the rim will probably be fine, however if a call to a local Junk will render one at a reasonable price, then I would highly consider it. The tire itself should definitely be replaced with a hit that hard. If nothing else you can keep the tire and rim as a full size spare which will probably better than than the doughnut that come with cars now a days.

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The sad part of the deal is the car is 7 years old, garage kept,and has only 16,000 miles on her.

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The missus is OK but it shook her up a little. If we were on the bike this is the kind of move I get done to me once in awhile. But in the car with her driving Im lucky she watches out like shes on the bike. If the guy had waited a hundred more feet down the road there was a center 2 way turn lane and she wouldve had no damage.

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