Questions relating to a vehicle's roadwheels - e.g. questions about balancing, wheel types, and damage to wheels.

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Can a 2013 17" Forester rim be fitted to 2002+ models

The MY2002+ base model Subaru Forester's have a 16" steel rim (offset 48 and 5 x 100). The 2013 (and later I think) model Forester has steel rims in a similar style but 17". Can these be fitted to ...
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Why nitrogen and not carbon dioxide is used in critical tire applications?

In critical applications tires are inflated using pure nitrogen (link). But carbon dioxide (CO2) is a larger molecule (will leak slower from the tire), as well as inert (will not oxidize rim and will ...
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Correct fitment of wheels using hubcentric rings

I have a US 2007 Yaris sedan. I'm still on the original wheels and they've had a very rough life. The ride is suffering for it and I'm looking for a new set of wheels and tires while trying to be ...
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Is it safe to fix a bent motorbike wheel?

Long story short my front wheel took a hit and the rim is now slightly bent. Now, since this is a forged aluminium wheel, replacing it costs the best part of 1500EUR. Being on a budget I thought of ...
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Can I use a different diameter tire size on my current wheels?

I have a 1974 Ford F250 and the tire size for this truck has been dead for a while (31x10.50R16.5LT). Is it completely necessary to replace the wheels to get new tires for my truck? I'd like to keep ...
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Temporary scraping noise coming from wheels

The car in question is a 2012 VW Polo. I had last driven it 4 days earlier on country A-roads for about 75 miles there and 75 miles back. Then today after I left the house and had driven about 100m on ...
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Grease on wheel bolts or not?

My father (an engineer, but not an auto mechanic) taught me to use a tiny dab of machine grease on the thread (not the rim) of each wheel bolt. This would help against corrosion, and help when ...
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Should the inflation pressure for low profile tires be the same as for regular tires?

I always thought that even if you go the large wheel + low profile tire route one should keep the pressure to what's recommended by the manufacturer. However I noticed that some people swear by ...
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How can I check if a wheel axle is straight?

I might have bent the front axle of my motorbike. How can i check if a wheel axle is straight? I'm looking for tips on how to do this in case i don't have dedicated tools available.
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Identifying Lug Nuts that came with Motegi Wheels

I'm looking for some help identifying the Lug Nuts that came with the wheels I recently ordered and had installed on my car. The purpose of identifying them is to be able to go get the proper tool(s) ...
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Driving a car with four out of five studs tight on one wheel

While prepping for a drive tomorrow I noticed the far side front wheel of my car has one stud out of five that is somehow loose. All other four studs are secured and tightened. By "somehow" I mean ...
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2002 Lancer - Shaking when accelerating at higher speeds

I recently bought a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and everything seems to ride fine, except when I get around 60-70 mph on the highway the steering wheel starts to shake noticeably. This is only noticeable ...
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What are the yellow triangles on truck wheels for?

More and more trucks in the UK seem to have these yellow triangles on the wheel nuts. Usually in pairs pointing at each other, but I have seen one truck that had them all facing the hub. What are ...
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2016 RAV4. 18'' vs. 17'' wheels?

I am hesitating between the RAV4 XLE and the RAV4 SE. The RAV4 SE has really cool 18'' wheels and the RAV4 XLE has normal 17'' wheels. I want to get the SE (because of aesthetics), however, I'm afraid ...
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Slow speed crunch/pop sound?

Having this issue that started recently. Hearing and feeling in the steering wheel and pedals crunch/pop sound when rolling slowly. On/off brakes doesn't seem to matter. In gear/off gear doesn't ...
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What type of Ferrari's came with wire wheels?

I always thought wire wheels was a British thing but recently I saw a very neat looking Classic Ferrari with wire wheels. Was this odd for an Italian car? Did they come stock with these or was it just ...
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What is the effect of changing rim diameter while keeping wheel width constant?

Which advantages or disadvantages would I obtain by changing the rim size while keeping the overall diameter of the wheel and the thread width constant? For example, in http://www.tyresizecalculator....
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What to take into account when looking for rims

I'm mostly an OEM kinda guy. But the original hubcaps on my Citroen BX are horrible from any point of view. I was thinking of replacing them with rims but I have no idea what I should be looking for. ...
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Can I balance my wheels at home?

My 2003 Opel Agila steering wheel shakes and the car vibrates from 65-80mph, and I think it's because my wheels aren't balanced as I have had new tyres, tracking and wheel balancing about two months ...
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Rumble strip noise on 1999 F250

I have the "sounds like driving on a rumble strip when I hit a bump" problem. I've read through the many threads about it on other sites and I'm trying to narrow down the cause for mine. There are ...
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How do you take wheel locks off a '95 Mercury Tracer?

I have a 1995 Mercury Tracer Trio that needs new tires. I do not have the wheel lock key/tool to remove them though. Is there an alternate way to remove them without having to take it to a mechanic?
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How to measure a vehicles wheel bolt pattern?

How can I accurately measure a vehicles wheel bolt pattern, regardless if it is a car or truck? Are any special tools needed? Is there a certain process to measuring a pattern?
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How thick should sheet metal be for steel wheel tubs?

As the title asks when building wheel tubs for a hot rod what sheet metal thickness should you use to build your wheel tubs?
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can i change oem tyre 256/40R21 105 y to 265/60R 18 or 265/70 R 16 on my mercedes ml 350

i have serious problem with the oem tyres supplied 265/40R21 y 105. These tyres are getting damaged on pothole filled roads or on a bad rough road. i was told it happens because these aer low profile ...
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Hubcap question

There was a huge pot-hole near my house and a number of hubcaps had accumulated nearby for obvious reasons. What is the mathematical chance one of those hubcaps might match a missing hubcap on my ...
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I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on golf but peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I interchange

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on my golf that are nearly new. I have just purchased a Peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I also use my winter tyres on this car?
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Can I replace my R14 wheels/tyres with R13 wheels/tyres?

I have a Peugeot 107 with 14 inch rims. My tires are bald and require replacing ASAP. I have a friend who has a Ford Ka with 13" rims. They purchased five new tired (including the spare) less than ...
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What is Neo-Chrome?

Is anyone familiar with the process of neo-chrome plating and how it works? It is a different finish than burnt titanium, but seems to involve a heating method in some way to give it the rainbow ...
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pulsating loud noise from new spare tire, that was already balanced

I got a spare wheel off of CL and got a new tire from a store where it was stretched to the wheel and then balanced. When I mount this spare , it make pulsating noise and it increases beyond 50 mph ...
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what could cause a scraping noise after tire rotation

After having one tire replaced, and the tires rotated, drove out of the shop immediately to a grrr (rubbing/grinding) sound momentarily, once per tire rotation. I noticed the "back" tires have pretty ...
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Will factory 2016 Toyota Corolla “S” 17" wheels and tires fit a 2014 Scion Xd without rubbing?

Will factory 2016 Toyota Corolla "S" 17" wheels and tires fit a 2014 Scion Xd without rubbing? Both have the same 5x100 bolt pattern. Is one wider than the other? Will they rub? Speedometer will be ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 How To Choose New Wheels

I am thinking about getting some new alloy wheels for my car. How do I find out what rim sizes or specifications are compatible with my car? Or any car for that matter? I found these stats on wheel-...
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What should one do to reduce the HP lost at the wheels on an automatic transmission?

I have a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 speed auto. I've done some research about automatic transmissions and manual transmissions and what are the positives and negatives of each. (For example, MT is said ...
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Wheel Positioning - Camber and Toe

I have a baseline of information regarding camber and toe. Why would I add more or less camber to my wheel unless I'm a NASCAR drivier making only left hand turns and want better traction for that ...
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Lacing spoked motorcycle rims

I have a friend that is rebuilding an old Triumph. He is getting ready to lace his rims and has all the parts ready to go. He has never done it before and lacks knowledge. We have watched a few ...
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Wheel removal solutions

I live in a climate that necessitates changing the wheels to ones with studded winter tires and back again to ones with summer times twice a year. After several years of owning the car, I noticed ...
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My brand new car is shaking while steering wheel is not

I have bought a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 2015 model. The car is shaking at low speed 80km/hr (50 mph) while the steering wheel is not shaking. I can feel the vibration in the seats, however the ...
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Ford Bronco doesn't drive right after front end work [closed]

I just had new upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods replaced and an alignment on my front end of my 4x4 bronco done. As I drove it further I noticed a grinding sound as I drove. Also,...
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Is there such a thing as a “drive tire”?

I once went to get my tires replaced on my '03 Honda Accord after not having rotated them in a while. One of the front tires seemed to be more worn than the other front tire. An employee at the tire ...
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What precautions should I take when using snow chains?

I have purchased some snow chains, but the manual provides fitting instructions, and it only says to remove them when the road is completely clear of snow, and never drive faster than 40mph (about ...
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Where can I find out the colour for the alloys of a Nissan Micra K12 sport+ 2005?

I want to refurbish my alloys and I'm looking for the spray paint colour for my alloys. Can anyone recommend a way to find this out?
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Can I disregard the sticker on my sparewheel?

This week I got a flat tire. I replaced the tire with my spare one. Since I own a Volkswagen the spare is a full size tire. The spare have a sticker on it that say don't go over 80km/h (50miles/h). ...
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How can I listen for a tire noise without driving?

When driving I can sometimes hear a metal noise coming from the tire. It can be intermittent or continuous, like a brake part or a bad bearing. It doesn't sound like road noise or something stuck in ...
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Bent winter allow wheels, repair myself with rubber mallet?

So both of my rims currently installed in the back are bent. Since this is my winter wheels set, Someone suggested me to just try to straighten them with a rubber mallet. Is this a good idea? Can I ...
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What is causing vibration on my 2001 Miata LS track car?

I have a 2001 Miata LS with some moderate track modifications, including Bilstein coil-overs, a Hard Dog roll bar, Hawk HP+ brake pads, OMP seats with Schroth harnesses, Nitto NT01 tires, and more. It ...
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How can you change a pressed wheel bearing without a hydraulic press?

Is there a good way to change a pressed wheel bearing without a hydraulic press? Clearly it's better to do it the right way, which I'm doing (well, a mechanic is doing), but I was wondering if a ...
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Wheel bearing noise?

Apologies in advance if this question has been asked before; I'm not familiar enough with cars to identify or make speculations on the relative source of this problem. CAR DETAILS: 1999 Toyota ...
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severe tire shake at highway speeds under acceleration

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 201000 miles. At speeds above 60mph there is a heavy vibration from the front wheels. It is gets worse when accelerating and will smooth out immediately upon lifting ...
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Does wheelspinning damage my car?

Apart from the tires, if I pull off quickly and I wheel spin, do I cause any damage to the internals of the car? Obviously I don't mean reving it to 4k+ and then dumping the clutch, I mean speeding ...
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Play in the steering wheel when driving slowly over a bump in a turn

When I drive slowly in a turn, and especially while parking, I often feel a subtle but noticeable bump through the wheel, like there is play in some component connecting the steering wheel to the ...