Questions tagged [wheels]

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

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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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Is it safe to drive on my damaged wheel?

I recently hit a curb and it damaged my wheel/rim. Would it be safe to still drive for now?
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Should I not drive with this huge chipped rim?

Slid while turning and hit a curb. I am pretty sure I shouldn't drive with this but wanted to get opinions.
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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe back wheel came off driving driving on interstate shattering back windshield

Friday, I was traveling home with my two year and we had been gone all day. We got off a ramp onto the interstate and made it about half a mile before I switched lanes to pass a trailer in tow and I ...
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Superficial scratches

When getting my tires rotated, the guy scratched a few of my wheels, but when I touch them it’s not rough, it’s smooth. Is there anyway to remove these scratches? I’m getting new wheels and these are ...
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2020 Toyota Sienna same wheel size as a 2014 Toyota Sienna?

I'm wanting to buy a 2020 Toyota Sienna Limited (premium) but I want to be sure that it will fit my old snow tires/wheel/rims that I have for my 2014 Toyota Sienna Limited. btw, the rims I have are: ...
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Honda Tyre Size and Numbers

I have just purchased a used Honda Accord Euro 2005. I did not check the tyre number while purchasing. Yesterday one the tyres was bursted. Then I matched the tyre number mentioned in the door of the ...
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wheel compatabily for 7J 17 ET50

any idea ...there is a chart out there that gives all vehicles that use this size wheel....I have a nissan Sentra SE R..want to go to salvage to get steel rims so need a list of compatible vehicles ...
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Plastic hub adapter on aftermarket rims—is it needed?

I have aftermarket aluminium rims for my car, which were manufactured to fit multiple vehicle models. Therefore, the center hole is bigger in diameter than the hub of my car, and the rims came with a ...
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Front right wheel making low pitch screeching when driving

Whenever I reverse at low speed at full lock the front right wheel makes a low pitch screech. The sounds is now starting to occur when driving forward. Tapping the break gets rid of the noise ...
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Rim damage from scraping kerb.. Is it only cosmetic or something more?Should I get it checked?

Ok, so today coming out of the shopping centre carpark I scrapped my rear left rim on the kerb. I’m worried because it looks really bad & is around most of the rim. There are a few deep spots of ...
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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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Porsche Macan S wheel on Audi A4 B7?

I did see some 2nd hand Macan S wheel sale on web, here's wheel parameter I knew : 5x112 Front: 18x8 (8") ET21 Rear: 18x9 (9") ET21 9Kg each one Can it be installed on my A4 B7 Avant ? If ...
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What are Wheel ticks and Wheel impulses?

I have some Odometry data taken from a Volkswagen Passat which gives the position. This is calculated using wheel ticks and in addition, I also have data which gives me the number of wheel impulses at ...
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Suzuki ATV LT160 wheel hub gets stuck going on

I've got a 2000 Suzuki LT160 ATV. The bearings blew up inside the wheel hub while riding. I took the entire front right wheel assembly off, including the knuckle arm and cleaned everything. Had to ...
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Rationale for different tire rotation schemes depending on drive axle

Different scheme are almost universally recommended for tire rotation on front drive and rear drive cars. See, for example, these instructions by people who should know. The general idea seems to be ...
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Can the load rating of a tyre change if rim size changes?

I have a 2014 Honda CRV and I'm trying to find new tyres for it. The placard says 225 / 65 / 17R 102T but looking at the current tyres they are actually 225 /60 / 18R 100H. The rims seemed to have ...
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Scratches on wheel

I have a leased car for work and the wheel got scratched against the curb. Is there a way to get these scratches out of the wheel? I am quite worried. Thank you for your help! Kaitlin
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my driver side front rim was steaming hot after driving 130km/h through the mountains and severe braking for a couple hours

my driver side front rim was steaming hot after driving 110 - 130km/h through the mountains and severe braking (from going downhill) for a couple hours, while i did not notice brake locking when ...
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tire leaks with chrome wheels

I had a flat repaired recently and was told it was the result of having chrome wheels. Something about rust building up in the wheel where it meets the tire and causing a gap, thus the air leak.
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Intermittent Ticking Sound Coming From Wheel [2010 Subaru Outback]

I have a 2010 Subaru Legacy Outback that I recently bought. I recently realized that there is sometimes a ticking sound coming from the front left wheel area when driving. The sound is pretty quiet ...
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Off road tires for a Subaru CrossTrek.2018 what needs to be done to get a good 75 height tire?

I just bought a 2018 Crosstrek. It has OEM tires on 18 inch wheels. I will be doing a lot of desert travel so I want a quality tire that I can safely deflate for extended miles. I have been doing some ...
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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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Steering wheel/gas pedal vibrations after new tires and wheels

I'm familiar with SE but new to the Mechanics side of the site. Anyway, I bought new wheels and tires for my 2005 Mazda 3 S hatch back in June. I upgraded the then-current "MB" brand 16" aftermarket ...
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Using wheels with fewer holes

I have a ford E350 van with 8-hole (8-lug?) wheels. On short notice I need to find some steel rims on which I can travel at a short distance (50 meters) at a low speed (< 10 Km/h). It is difficult ...
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How to install pcs 4x100 14 rims on pcd 4x113 of the same 14 inch rims?

The pcd size of Maruti Zen is 4x113 of 14 inch rims. The 113 is measured in millimetres. So, comparing the above pcd with another pcd of 4x100 14 inch rims gives a difference of just 13 millimetres ...
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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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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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Thumping/vibration linked with wheel rotation

I have a 1999 Mercedes C class with a wheel vibration. Its a pulsing kind of like tapping your finger on a table or driving over grooved roads. Its linked to vehicle speed and is apparent from really ...
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Slapping sound coming from wheel

When driving, I noticed that a slapping sound was coming from my rear passenger-side wheel. The tempo of the slapping sound would accelerate and decelerate as the car's speed increased and decreased. ...
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Rear wheel squeek Motorcycle(video link)

My rear wheel is squeeking. It has a new brake disc,new pads and new bearings in wheel and sprocket hub with new dust seals. Is the noise anything to worry about? The wheel moves freely nicely by hand ...
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Is it safe to drive with spare wheel but with proper tire?

I recently got a puncture and had to swap out the entire wheel. Luckily, the spare I had was a full size tyre, i.e.: not a skinny tyre like you sometimes see. It looks roughly like this: So, the ...
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I am in dilemma, need to change tyres/rims [closed]

I previously upsized my tyres which are now wider since I wanted it to be more stable on the road without performing major modifications, but that decreased the diameter by 0.4%. I thought that wouldn'...
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What can cause a wheel to fall off/hub to break?

Recently my wheel came off as you can see in picture. I want to know what could be the various causes for this. Is it just that the wheel/lug nuts haven't been torqued down proplery or could it be ...
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Anyone know what key this is for my anti theft wheel bolts?

Does anyone know what type of key this is for my anti wheel theft bolts? It's from a VW Golf Mk5 but I don't know if it's OEM. Has a "H" on the back - no number. Thanks for any help
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Why do some tuned cars have very inclined tires?

I've seen photographs of cars with strange inclined tires like the one in the picture I pasted here. They seems to be Japanese cars. Is it for drifting? Maybe for appearance? Do the tires get ...
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I damaged 1 rim. Should I replace 2 rims?

I hit a rock and it destroyed my tire and damaged the (steel) rim. Should I replace 2 rims (matched pair), or is it ok to replace just the one damaged rim? Is the car going to be balanced? It is the ...
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What's goin on with the right front wheel of my van?

I was drivin yesterday and all sudden a sound happened that I didn't like. It was kindof like brake noise... a light squeek... but also kinda like that slippin belt sound like when people start their ...
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Motor struggles as front passenger tires pulls and seems to lock up

1996 jeep grand Cherokee v8 4x4 we have changed the calipers thinking that it was locking up but on driving it again we get the same issue. After driving about 3-5 miles you get a lot of walking from ...
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Quickly swapping wheels on motorcycle without any adjustments

I own a Ducati 848 EVO sports motorcycle and i am planning on changing my stock cast aluminum rims with forged aluminum ones. I was wondering if i decide to keep my old wheels and buy tires+brake ...
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Toyota Corolla with hot wheels

I have been having hot wheels of recent since I changed the brake pads. After like 2km drive it will be excessively hot.I have had the calipers serviced and even changed the masters,yet it persisted. ...
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What are the possible causes of wheel damage

I have recently bought 4 new 18 inch wheels for my car. Just now, a week later, I noticed two small damages. This week I didn't park near curbs and drove very carefully as I knew how easily the wheels ...
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Does Inner RIM matter in fitting a snow chain

I need to buy two snow chains for my car with the size of 225 45R 19 (Nissan Qashghai 2016), I have found a snow chain that fits: 225/45-18 225/50-17 225/55-16 So, will this snow chains fit the ...
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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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2010 Lincoln MKS 3.7 V6

2010 LINCOLN MKS: Shakes horrible when driving and trying to stop, I’m close to 240,000 miles now but when I’m on smoother roads it’s not as bad. I’m here for an honest opinion because I’ve spent more ...
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“Standard” tyre width vs. rim width chart

I am looking for some "formal" information about which tyres I can put on my car rims. More generally speaking, I'd like to be able to find an optimal match between a tyre and rim width. The question ...
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OEM Wheels for a 2012 Odyssey

I have a 2012 Honda Odyssey. I'm having trouble finding OEM wheels for it. the spec calls for 7J x 17 ET50 5 lug x 120. Are there other Honda model wheels that I can use?
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Wheel offset change from 55mm to 42mm

I've got original size wheels and tires on my Saturn Sky (245/45R18) rims are offset 55mm std. Would like to buy new rims. Rim dealer offers 42mm offset at best. Will this push the tires out about 1/2 ...
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Does small chip on a tire merit tire replacement [closed]

while cleaning the car I’ve noticed a small chip on a front tire. It looks like it was created after close encounter with a pavement curb. The tires are new and done maybe 300 miles. The chip is of ...
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Downsizing rims from 14“ to 13”, what is the optimal tire size?

My car: Suzuki Celerio (EU/India) / Alto (Asia) 2010 mdl. Hi, I'm downsizing from a r14 rim size to a r13. Current tire size is 155/65/r14 and that is the OEM size. My current rim spec is 14x5.5 et38 ...

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