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

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Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking

So I go to get my wheels changed and balanced and I leave with the driver side rim heating up unnaturally even after driving just a few miles. The car stops unusually quickly. It's quite clear that ...
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My van steering wheel shakes

I have a 1983 Toyota Hiace LH50 van. When I speed it up to 60-65 kph the steering wheel begins to shake and when I lower the speed to 50kph nothing. All I have to do to avoid the shaking is maintain ...
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How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't

I have an SUV with factory 16" steel wheels and P235/70R16 tires. The tires have just under 30,000 miles of gentle driving on them. Two of the tires have been leaking quite a bit (about 10 psi per ...
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Should my motorcycle wheels be two different size diameters?

I've heard that a larger wheel (diameter) in the front can produce quicker turns on a motorcycle. How much larger should a front wheel be than a rear wheel on a road bike (if at all)? Will this affect ...
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A3/A4/A6 alloys on an A5

I have an Audi A5 and I want to put genuine Audi 7-double-spoke alloys on it. The problem is as far as I know these alloys are only created in 20" for the A5. Does anyone know if it is possible to ...
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How to diagnose high speed vibration?

I get a vibration at high speeds (50+), can feel it particularly in the steering wheel, front seats, dashboard. I have been trying to figure out what's going on, keeping in mind that: All 4 shocks ...
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Wheel stuck or fused to drum

1997 Chevy 1500 My right rear wheel is stuck or fused to the drum. I can get the lugnuts off, but no luck getting the wheel off. I took it to a tire place and they couldn't remove it either, and said ...
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Using narrower tyres than were fitted as standard, for reduced rolling resistance = > fuel economy

I have had several cars, which have all been "sporty", fuel economy has never been a requirement. Now it is. So I've bought a little 1.2 petrol which gives me 65mpg on the motorway/highway and 40mpg ...
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Squeaky front wheel on 2007 Honda Fit

My 2007 Honda Fit's front driver's side wheel has started squeaking as it rotates. I've grabbed a video of the sound: http://youtu.be/E8HnarRSwRg I hear it squeaking up to about 60 km/h / ~35 mph ...
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2001 F150 4.6L 2WD front wheel bearing replacement

My front right wheel was roaring over 55 mph. When spinning the wheel by hand it made a purring sound. I pulled it apart. The inner bearing looked normal. The outer bearing was rusty (grease had ...
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Stuck Lug Nuts on Trailer

I have a light-duty trailer that has sat in my driveway for too long. Both tires have rotted and I need to replace them. Unfortunately the lug nuts are rusted and don't want to come off for love or ...
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Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH

My 2005 Mazda 3 with 73K miles (roughly 20K on the tires) on it starts to make a sound, just like your washing machine does when all of the clothes go to one side and its still spinning, when I get to ...
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Is it advisable to upgrade/downgrade tyres of Hyundai Santro Xing eRLX to 145/70 R13 from 155/70 R13

I've a Hyundai Santro Xing eRLX car and currently it has 155/70 R13 tyres on four wheels and all tyres almost crossed 40000kms. I've recently replaced both front tyres with brand new tyres. I've two ...
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Is this a wheel spacer?

I just swapped my aftermarket winter alloy wheels&tires, for original summer wheels & tires. The steering wheel feels wobbly after I did that. I read this thread here on mechanic exchange ...
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Differences and Recommendation between Steel and Alloy Wheels for Winter?

There are many discussions regarding steel vs. alloy wheels in Winter on multiple forums. It would be good if someone could lay out full facts and help scale these differences (questions below). For ...
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What is a fair price for caliper repair?

Dealership tells me I need a rear wheel caliper repair. Estimated cost of $500. Is this reasonable? I have Toyota Highlander 2003 model.
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do all quattros have shafts connecting front and rear axles

I have recently purchased a 2009 Audi A5 Quattro, and in looking underneath the car there does seem to be a place for a shaft to connect the front axle to the rear axle (which you would expect) but ...
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humming sound from car when driving

I have a Nissan FB 15 car. Today I hear some humming sound from font wheels. I'm not sure whether it comes from the engine or wheels. It's not coming all the time. But when I increase the speed, then ...
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Should I throw away my wheels after they bumped in the sidewalks?

Rear right wheel The black liquid is traces of WD-40 Front right wheel This occured after driving at 30 km/h and bumping in a part of the sidewalk that was going into the street. Does this ...
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What do relatively dirtier front hubcaps indicate?

2001 Toyota Sienna van has much more dust and black soot on front hubcaps than on rear hubcaps. I'd think that all four hubcap would get equally dirty given same driving conditions, yet within the ...
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Why are there no Stainless Steel wheels to prevent Corrosion in Winter?

Steel wheels are often used in Winter due to its low cost, however, it is very prone to rust. Why are Stainless Steel wheels, more specifically 316 Stainless Steel not being more popular as the ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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Wheel will not come off, may be bent around hub

The wheel of my 1997 Grand Caravan will not come off. I have tried banging it with a hammer, kicking it while sitting on the concrete, prying it with a pry bar, and loosening the nuts and driving the ...
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How can I remove rust stains from chrome rims?

I've got horrible rust stains on my car's rims, and I'm at a loss as to how to get rid of them. A bit of googling suggests the use of steel wool, but I'm not sure how much I trust that. Any ...
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Buying Car Parts Online

It's clear to me that car parts are cheaper when purchased online rather than through the mechanic. I've been buying tires and break pads online for years with few problems. Now, the wheel bearings ...
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Diagnosing a worn wheel bearing

I've noticed an increase of road noise while driving my car and I'm wondering if it might be the wheel bearing. I think it's coming from one of the rear wheels. Is there a way to identify and confirm ...
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Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?

According to the Owner’s Manual Saab 9-3 M2001 (front-wheel driven cars): WARNING When fitting just one new pair of tires, these should be fitted to the rear wheels, as these are more ...
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Broken part, rear wheel, Hyundai Accent 2003

I drove a long long way with my old car knowing I had to change the shock absorbers, and what needed to happen; happened. Something broke and I have now strange noise coming from one of the rear wheel ...
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Sqealing noise from left rear wheel- very hot

I have a 2007 Mazda 6, and after cruising for a while on the highway, I started to hear a very loud squealing noise coming from the rear wheel on the drivers side. It's an extremely high pitched and ...
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Can't remove stuck rear dirt bike axle

I'm trying to remove the rear wheel on my 2007 Suzuki RMZ450. I've removed the axle bolt and tried banging the axle with a rubber mallet for about two weeks now. IT WON'T BUDGE. Not even a little bit. ...
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Looking for Tyres for Pulsar 150 bike with 180cc engine

I have a pulsar 150 bike modified with 180cc engine. I am looking for tyres(both from and rear). The tyre should have have good cornering capability and a very good grip. Till now I have. I looked at ...
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Front, driver-side wheel sounds like it's skidding when braking

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) and I've today noticed a sound a bit like skidding when I apply the brakes, gently, around 30mph. Driving and steering as usual is fine, no unusual ...
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How to align wheel manually

I have a 2008 Suzuki WagonR and did a long drive some days back. During driving I found my car was wobbling a little bit, and on checking I found that my right front tyre was wearing out little bit. ...
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Improving ugly rims

The rims on my 92 Civic are really ugly (discolored/rusted) and I'm wondering how to best make them look nicer without a lot of work or replacing them, especially since I'm about to get the tires ...
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Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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Fixing wheel runout after “detour” through ditch

I recently took a detour through a ditch on the way to work. There was a lot of snow there which made itself known - my car and it got along pretty well but as far as I'm concerned, they need to ...
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What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
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What are the benefits of low profile tires?

I have yet to find anyone that knows of any benefits of low-profile tires. All of the pros that I've asked have said there is no benefit. Naturally, the number of pros that I have available to ask is ...
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How do I keep my wheels looking nice and shiny after cleaning them?

I have a '05 Mazda3 with pretty much stock wheels. I have washed my car a few times, and the first thing, without fail, that gets dirty are my wheels. What is the best protectant I can use to keep ...
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Alloy wheel corrosion damage - do I need new wheels?

After the last couple of winters, my alloy wheels are getting quite corroded, and one of them has large flakes of the surface missing, and almost a bubbling effect in the metal. I have read on ...
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How to determine tire compatibility [93 4runner]

I have a 93 Toyota 4runner with 31/10.5-15, if I understand the conversions correctly that would be a 267/76/R15 in metric. I am looking at replacing these tires and have found a set of 235/75/R15's ...
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Tubeless Bead Won't Seat

In attempting to mount a motorcycle tire, I was unable to properly seat the beads. While the tire inflated and held air pressure, it failed to easily seat across identical points on both sidewalls. ...
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Replacing a steel wheel

My girlfriend is looking for a replacement steel wheel for a 2012 Honda Fit, as one of hers is currently bent. I think they are 15" rims, but I was hoping to find the best option on where to purchase ...
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Winter rims have rust patches. Should I leave them or remove rust and repaint? Any recommendations for rust remover and paint?

There are a set of winter tires on there already, but I'm not worried about getting paint or rust remover on the tires -- I've ordered some new tires already (going studded this year) and will be ...
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Finding Cause of Slow Tire Leak 2001 Camry

I have a 4cyl 2001 Toyota Camry It has the following rims. I believe they're an aluminum alloy. I have a matching set of 4 DUNLOP tires rated for 44 PSI. I'll edit this post with specifics ...
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Wheel re-torqueing, how is it done?

When putting wheels back on a car, you place them on and torque them to spec. Now, most if not all manufacturers say to re-torque them after 50 miles. What is the procedure for this? Do you just ...
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Occasional Vibration at specific highway speeds.

Symptom: At certain speeds (70 mph, 40 mph, etc.) there is a noticeable vibration. Vehicle: 1998 GMC Sonoma (2 wheel drive) The vehicle was purchased used and had similar symptoms at the time. ...
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Do I need to lift my car up before adjusting lug nut torque?

I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven ...
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Wheel Compatibility for 2003 Saturn Ion (4X100)

I'm trying to get inexpensive wheels for the snow tires that I own (P195/60R15), so that I may put them on my 2003 Saturn Ion. I know that the wheel's bolt pattern is 4X100 and I'm looking for a ...
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What are the advantages of filling nitrogen instead of “normal” air in the car tyres?

As the question says, does filling pure nitrogen has any significant advantages, given the fact that normal air is ~80% nitrogen? Thanks for your time.