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

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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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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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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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Front left controller arm corroded and broke on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra

I was driving home, heard a crunch, and then my entire steering wheel felt loose and turned a quarter turn to the left even though my car was still going straight. I was about 10 feet from home so I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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.
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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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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 ...
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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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How to ensure nuts holding wheels are properly tightened?

I'll need to help put wheels on a sedan that is currently parked on bricks near a building after some bad guys had stolen previous wheels. I'll likely have only a basic wrench that was shipped with ...
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My car wobbles while driving

I have a Honda Civic VTI, 1997 model, automatic transmission. When I start driving my car gives a feeling that one of the front wheel is wobbling and the steering wheel receives continuous jerks. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to determine if a wheel is bent

My E46 M3 vibrates moderately at highway speeds (> 60 MPH), but it can can only really be felt through the seat, and not through the steering wheel. My guess is that a wheel is bent (out of round) or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is DIY bearing and hub for 4wd ok

I need to replace the bearing and hub for my 4runner (4wd). I have already replaced the rotor and brakes before. I believe this part replacement is basically the same (just one step further which ...
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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 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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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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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. ...