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I understand the need to check the date of manufacture of tires on our cars. Now I find myself thinking about my wheels. I am assuming here that my 79 spiders has the original wheels. So my question do wheels fail. I look at them closely and do not see cracks, or any sign of stress fractures, so does anyone know of a case that has seen the wheels fail. As I said my wheels are the campanatura and I'm assuming original to the car
 

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Well, anything can fail. So it would be irresponsible to say something like: "no, wheels never fail".

But those cast aluminum Campagnola wheels used on late 70's Alfas were pretty robust. And spiders are pretty light. So as long as your car has just been used on the street and it hasn't impacted any big rocks, your wheels are probably good for another 35 years.

Competition use is another story. High cornering forces put a lot of load on wheels. I'm not sure those aluminum wheels would even be allowed for racing. Similarly, off-road driving will bang up wheels.

If you are worried about it, there are crack detection kits for aluminum parts.
 
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