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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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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Why is a bigger car tire way more expensive than a smaller tire?

Why is a 19" car tire way more expensive than a 16" tire? If you compare a 225/45/19 with a 215/65/16 they are double the price even though they have the exact same outer diameter. One possible ...
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Pothole resistance: what matters besides tire sidewall height?

I am buying a new car. The wheel options are 225/55-19 and 225/65-17. My old car has 195/60-15 wheels. I live in a region of the world with lots of potholes. So, the general recommendation is to go ...
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1995 Camry LE rim and tire swap with 2012

I have a '95 Camry as well as a 2012 Camry which is paid off, but totaled (no collision). I'd just bought brand new tires a month before. Is there any way possible that I can put the 2012 size 16 rims ...
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Alloy Wheels Ford SportKA

My Ford SportKA 1.6 2005 recently failed its MOT, due to the rear wheels being distorted. The part number of the alloy wheels are 3S51-AB, Wheel width - 6J, PCD - 4X108, Offset - ET34. However i ...
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Do I need a new rim?

Hello, I just had a blowout with my 2016 chevrolet equinox after dropping my kids at school. Its raining so as a result of the blowout I lost control and hit the curb 😥. Currently waiting on ...
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If over tightening wheel studs can cause them to wear/break, why do most mechanics use impact guns?

An impact gun seems to tighten a nut as far as it will go therefore I guess this is over tightening. If over tightening can cause wheel studs to damage/break then why do most mechanics use impact ...
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More durable rotary rotary lawnmower wheels?

What are some suitable replacements for modern rotary lawnmower wheels? I have something similar to this: Typical push-style Masport lawnmower 7" (~175mm) front-end Masport wheel 8" (~200mm) rear-...
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Heat from rear passenger wheel

I've got a 2013 Hyundai Veloster, non turbo model and I've noticed even after 10 to 15 minute rides, the rear passenger rim gives off too much heat to even touch for a second. All the other wheel rims ...
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Question about the damaged rim and tire

First timer here and I ran over something on the highway and this is the damage I got..... should I get the rim replace or is still OK to drive on
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Car vibrates and has mild drone at 15-45 mph

I bought a used car with worn-out tires. Between speeds of 14-45mph the car vibrates and produces low frequency growling/droning noise. When above 45 mph, vibrations go away but drone pitch increases (...
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Damage to shocks over sharp curb

I drive a 2012 Sportage and I accidentally drove over the curb yesterday. The bricks that made this curb where old and irregular so there we sharp bits poking out. I was not driving too fast but as ...
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Curb damage to my rim. Is this unsafe?

I just noticed this damage to my wheel rim. The damage appears to be more light gouges than just scratches. Is this something I should get looked at, or is it just cosmetic? Thanks]1
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Are the rims for 195/60R15 the same as rims for 195/65R15

I need to replace one rim on my ford focus the tires I have on it currently are 195/60R15, I have another tire on a rim the numbers on the tire are 195/65R15 can I mount the 195/60R15 tire onto the ...
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Rims stuck on car with plastic hub centric rings

I think I forced my new rims with plastic hub centric rings and now they are stuck, I can't remove the rims off the car. I have a mustang 07
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Crooked steering became straight after tyre rotation

In october last year I bought 4 tires for my car and at same time got the alignment and balancing done. After that the steering wheel angle was a little bit crooked, as the car neither glided to any ...
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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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Drive on wheel dolly?

My FWD got a clamp in the rear. Wise to dolly the wheel and drive off? Dolly both rear wheels or just the one? Is it safe on the motorway?
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Is it important that the four tires have the same mark on the sidewall?

I bought 4 new tires and i noticed that the rear tires have an "outside " mark on the sidewall but the front tires have an "inside" mark, Is this right ??
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Relationship between Diameter of the Wheel and the Turning Radius

Please explain the relationship between Diameter of the Wheel and the Turning Radius of the vehicle.(Car or Bus). Does the length of the vehicle also matters.
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Upsizing of tyre to 205/50r15 where actual rim size is 14"

Can I use a 15" alloy with 205/50r15 tyre in maruti suzuki ritz where the actual rim size of the car is 14"?
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Why aren't wire spoke wheels widely used in today's cars?

I recently watched an episode of Wheeler Dealers where they installed custom handmade 17-inch wire spoke wheels to a Lincoln Continental. The 4 custom-made wheels cost only 770 GBP for the set of 4. ...
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Heavy noise after putting on summer tires - Volkswagen Golf MK6

I changed the winter tires of my Golf 2013 MK6 for summer tires today and I can now hear a heavy noise coming from the front right wheel. I assume that the tires and wheels were properly balanced; ...
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Are my wheel bearings going bad? (video included)

I have a 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe with a manual transmission. Lately, I feel like my road noise might be louder than it should be, but I'm no mechanic and I don't have enough experience to really know ...
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Is DIY penetrating fluid safe for alloy wheels?

I have an alloy wheel which is rusted onto the drum. I have watched dozens of YouTube videos regarding making your own (more effective and less costly) penetrating fluid. I am very concerned, however,...
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Front Right Wheel locked up while driving

I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer. I was driving on the freeway when all of a sudden I start hearing a loud squeaking noise. Then, when I came to a low speed (15 km/h or so), there was a massive BANG ...
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Wheel noise while in reverse

12 Mini Countryman AWD. A metal on metal like grating noise developed in Right Front wheel only while in reverse, not braking and never forward. What could it be?
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What lug pattern fits a 1994 Dodge Dakota?

I inherited my mom's 1994 Dodge Dakota after she passed. She always wanted to fix it up. So in her honor, I plan to do that. Wheels are the most attractive upgrade for looks in my opinion and the ...
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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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Can wheel alignment and balancing affect brakes?

My Honda CR-V had its wheel alignment and balancing done. It seems like car brakes are slightly slower than before. Could wheel alignment and balancing cause some change in brakes operation?
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Winter tyre procedure recommendations

I have just bought a car with R17 alloy wheels and 225/50R17 summer tyres, and I am looking for the winter tyres now. I am thinking of buying exactly the same size winter tyres and swapping them on ...
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Aftermarket wheels - Dodge Grand Caravan

I own a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. My wheel has been damaged beyond repair. I am not in a position to buy the OEM wheel. I know there are aftermarket wheels available that will do the job. My ...
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Speed-Dependent Hum/Whine and Vibrations after a Locked-Wheels Hard Brake and Skid

My FWD car is exhibiting a speed-dependent (especially noticeable at highway speeds, around 90-110km/h) hum/whine, accompanied by a slight vibration noticeable at the steering wheel. The symptoms do ...
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Are these center caps on Audi wheels exchangable?

I got 4F0 601 025 N wheels on my '02 Passat. They fit well, but what is bothering me is, that there is only one center cap left. Its number is 4F0 601 165. I haven't found good deal on it anywhere, ...
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How does a tire's diameter and width impact fuel economy?

In lifted 4WD trucks using much larger tires, owners say they often see a decrease in fuel economy. This leads me to wonder, how does tire size (specifically, outside diameter) affect efficiency? In ...
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Car pulls to the right when braking - started after putting jack stand under control arm

So when I jacked my car through a front central jack point, I managed to raise the car high enough to put the jack stand under the designated jack point on the left side of the car but it wasn't high ...
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Steering wheel vibration at 60+ MPH

I recently purchased a new set of tires for my 2007 Frontier. Capitol Precision Trac are the make. Before I replaced the worn tires my truck never shook and was always smooth no matter the speed. ...
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What is the name of the parts that cover up the wires in front of the front wheel?

I bumped into a box when I was in the highway and my bumper is damaged. After that I went to a body shop nearby and he re-attached my bumper back but then I realized the parts that cover up the wires ...
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Whirring/slight grinding noise on acceleration at high speed

Car is a Mk1 Golf with manual 5 speed and 1.8lt engine. When travelling at above 60kph and accelerating or cruising I've noticed a slight whirring, or grinding noise. It almost sounds like a tyre is ...
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do the 17 inch rims will fit BMW e83 from the other BMW models?

Looking to buy a used wheel (tire + rim) for the spare for my BMW e83, but can't find my model in the list. Is there any difference lets say for F30 (320i, i328i) and x3 wheels? Aside from visual ...
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Why might someone mount the rear wheels at an angle? [duplicate]

I observed a very strange car a few days ago when driving: The rear wheels are mounted at an angle. Meaning, the plane of rotation is not vertical; rather, the distance between the wheels is wider at ...
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Why front wheels in trucks and buses have hubcaps but rear ones don't?

Cars have all wheels covered with hubcaps but I noticed that trucks and buses only have them in the front wheels. Even, sometimes I've seen long vehicles with covered wheels also in the back side too, ...
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About friction: tyres, wheels, and the road

It should be clear for anyone that friction force between a rubber tyre and road's asphalt is much bigger than friction force between the same tyre and the metal wheel around which that tyre is ...
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IMPULSE Momentum theorem and stopping time of a car [closed]

Can we apply impulse momentum theorem for calculating stopping time of car?
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Does increasing tire or rim size require modification?

I have a 1995 Nissan pickup with tires 225/70/14. My question is more general. Does it require modification to increase tire and rim size or can they simply be put on? Like could I just purchase 16" ...
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Is a torque wrench required for swapping all-season/winter tires with rims?

I used to think that it was necessary to use a torque wrench to tighten the nuts securing the tire/rim to make sure they are tight enough without stripping the bolts. But this video https://www....
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What kind of alloys wheels does Toyota Camry SE use? Are steel wheels safer?

Wiki says that Most alloy wheels are manufactured using casting, but some are forged. Forged wheels are usually lighter, stronger, but much more expensive than cast wheels. Does Toyota Camry 2015 ...
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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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Driving on a tire with different aspect ratio number than recommended?

I have a 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently I have Han Hankook tires 215/55R17 on them. I am looking to get a full size spare tire and am looking on Craigslist for a cheap alternative. What will be the ...
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New Front Brake Calipers and Pads out of Allignment with New Rotors after Bearing Repack and Hub-Rebuild

i Just bought this 1993 Toyota 4x4 and am restoring it. i put on the new calipers and pads; and the inner pad is rubbing on the rotor; with a gap on the outer pad as you can see in the pictue. there ...