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

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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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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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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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Does a wider tire always mean more grip/traction

Recently, i had a discussion with someone about tire width. I claimed, that with bigger (wider) tires, a car would have more traction/grip. The person i was discussing this with, agreed with me, up to ...
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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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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

I want to get a new tire fitted on my 2003 Suzuki DR650 and removed the rear wheel. Following the manual I took the chain guard off, removed the axle, made the wheel free of chain and brake caliper ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Shaking steering wheel after new tires

I had new tires put on 8th of April 15. They were cheap tires but that's all I could afford. $444 for all four. The steering now shakes, even at slow speeds. I had the wheels balanced and the ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 brake pads online for years with few problems. Now the wheel bearings on ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Rear wheel wobble

I recently took my '12 Yamaha R6 completely apart when I repainted it. When I put it back together I didn't realize but I'd forgotten a washer on the swingarm axle which was causing some movement of ...
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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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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 ...