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

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I Have Increased Wheel Offset With Aftermarkets, What Are The Implications Of This?

My OEM wheel measurements are as follows 6J x 15", ET45mm, PCD 4x100, 54.1mm Centre Bore. My new aftermarkets have not deviated in any way other than an increased offset to ET47mm. Will this widen, ...
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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 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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Scratched my rim and wheel on curb what should I do? Leased car

I'm 17 and I literally just got this car. I scratched it, as you can see in the picture below. No, I'm not a bad driver and this hopefully won't ever happen again. It was a mistake - my friend was ...
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Why do Formula 1/Indy cars use high profile tires?

I apologise for this being slightly off-topic for the stack, but it seemed the best stack for the job. Aesthetically speaking, larger rims are preferred these days -I recently bought a Porsche with ...
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damaged rim - is a new need a new one?

My friends rim was damaged: Should a new one be purchased?
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Wheel alignment based on different vehicle model

I have a Toyota Solara 2006, and the auto repair has done wheel alignment on my vehicle based on the specifications of Toyota Solara 1999-2003 models. Is this a problem?
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Importance of centre bore in hubcentric wheel mount design?

I'm hopeing to settle an argument here. I am of the understanding that the diameter of the centrebore is integral to safety in hubcentric wheel mount design. Does anyone have any well evidenced ...
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New car AWD tire replacement

I have a 2016.5 Mazda CX5 AWD which have run 1900 miles till now. Right front tire got a nail puncture. The nail is at the corner of the tire. Tire replacement shop told as nail is at side tire cannot ...
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What is this left pulling on my car

My car has an extremely annoying pull to the left. If I take my hands off the wheel, the car will drift over to the left, starting very slightly pulling left then aggressively pulling more to the left ...
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Strange metallic stickers on rims after repair shop visit

These appeared on my rims after taking my bike to a repair shop. Does anyone know what these are and how to remove them?
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What did I break and what do I need to replace?

My car slid and went over a center divider. I am very new to auto repair, but am wanting to learn and do it myself. Sadly, I am not very familiar with the parts so I can't really say what broke other ...
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Change tyre size on mk1 Ford Ka

I've got a 2003 mk1 Ford Ka Style, 1.3 l. It's currently using tyres sized 165/65/R13 which, in my opinion, are really too thin. Looking around I've seen that it can also mount tyres sized 195/45/R15, ...
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Should anti seize lubricant be used on the wheel lug studs when rotating tires? [duplicate]

This my question: Should anti seize lubricant be used on the wheel lug studs when rotating tires? There is nothing else to add here.
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What rims are these?

I'm not sure if I'm in the right place for asking this question, but maybe someone knows offhand. This is my Acura TL 2004, and it has these custom rims on it. One rim is bent a bit and it's causing ...
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New Tires, car shaking/bouncing at high speeds

I just had some Uniroyal Tiger Paws put on my 2010 Escape. When I first left the shop, they felt great until I hit about 60ish mph. Then I got the bouncing, steering wheel vibration like they hadn't ...
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Is the ABS going to make problems because of the different tire height between the front and the rear?

I'm going to buy tires for my Opel Vectra b 97 fwd. I've been driving with 4 205/45/17 but now I've found 2x205/45/17 and 2x215/45/17 used. I know that there will be a little difference in the height. ...
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Rim size for 215/55/R17 tire

I had a minor accident today and my Toyota Camry 2007 SE had both of it's right side tires flat. I changed the front tire because it was slashed. My back tire is still intact, but the rim is bent and ...
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Upgrade wheels on '02 Honda Accord

I have a 2002 Honda Accord EX Sedan with manual transmission. I need to replace my tires, but was thinking about upgrading rims from 15" to 16". Is this possible on my car?
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Thickness of aluminium on Alcoa type forged aluminium wheels.

Is there a good estimate of the thickness of the aluminium on Alcoa forged aluminium semi wheels 22.5 type. Figures need not be precise, or just a range, for estimates, is 1/2 an inch a good estimate ...
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Is it safe to use a lugnut with a different outer shank diameter?

I have an older care with one of the lug nuts missing and they are proving hard to find and exact replacement for. I picked up some lug-nuts that fit down snug but my concern is that the new lug nut ...
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Is putting the small sized Rear tire for bike increase the mileage?

I heard that putting small sized rear tire increase the mileage is that true? if true how does it makes difference than putting big sized tired to bike?
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Why do multi-axle vehicles have “innie” and “outie” wheel hubs?

Observe these multi-axled vehicles: See how their wheels are either "innie" (stick inwards) or "outies" (prodtrude outwards). Why is this? I note that in 3-axle (6-wheel) vehicles in particular, ...
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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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Identifying cause for (pram) wheel squeak [closed]

Hoping mechanics is the right place to get some answers. I have a pram whose front right wheel wont stop squeaking and I have no idea why. It happens only when there is weight/pressure on the wheel....
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How to diagnose a knocking sound that I hear when the car is running?

My car is a 2002 Honda Accord V6. For 2 days now, I'm hearing a sound like "dug dug dug dug dug dug...." as the car starts to move. I think the sound is coming somewhere from the driver side front ...
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How can I calculate wheel size

I am building a little plane for aerodesign purposes. I am wondering how can I calculate the best size/diameter of wheels for my plane based on its load, speed and other parameters. Somebody please ...
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Wheel fell off after new tyres fitted

On Friday morning whilst driving my wheel fell off. I was behind a truck taking off at lights and going through intersection at low speed and my wheel fell off. My ute slie for about twenty metres. ...
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13 “ to 14” rims on lightweight 3x5ft trailer

Can I change my 13" rims on my trailer to 14" rims with same stud pattern without having to change axel or wheel bearings Trailer is lightweight 3 x 5 ft Thanks
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What is the small metal square attached to the wheel or tire?

I found that this small metal square labelled "1/4 FE" had come off my car's wheel yesterday. I am wondering what it could be, and whether it's important to put it back on.
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Considerations for downsizing wheel diameter

I have a 2011 Taurus SHO, which is All-Wheel Drive with 19 inch rims. While I admit that they look nice, that is the only advantage I see with having large wheels. I understand that they can have ...
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Why are wheels labeled “R16” when the 16" is actually the diameter?

Just wondering about this, unless the R doesn't mean "Radius" it doesn't make much sense.
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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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Knocking/Vibration Brand New Kia Cerato - Aftermarket Wheels

Bought a new Kia Cerato sedan (Australia. In US Kia Forte). As part of the deal I got aftermarket wheels. Initially I felt a lot of vibrations all over the car, so I took it to a tyre shop. They said ...
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Why we needs to chages brake pads? [closed]

Why needs to changes brake pads in my car every times because i have changes my brake in before 2 times but still facing noise problem in car.
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Aftermarket wheels and tires and persistent mild vibration

I drive a 2011 F-150. I put on aftermarket 20" Fuel Maverick wheels and 305/50/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers after having a 2 inch leveling kit installed this past summer. I've been struggling with a mild ...
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Is TPMS service recommended when buying new tires?

When buying new tires (tyres), many shops will recommend performing "TPMS service" on each tire. What is this service, and is it recommended? Or is it just a way for shops to pad their revenue?
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Why do hybrids have the aesthetic wheel cover on the body?

I've noticed that the manufacturers tend to cover the rear and/or front wheels on the hybrid models more often than the regular vehicles. Are there practical or functional reasons for the covers? Is ...
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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle? [duplicate]

My uncle says a driver advised him that whenever the car is parked, the wheels have to be aligned with the body of the car, or else there will be un-necessary weight on (I think) the axle or wheel, ...
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What reasons could justify setting the left wheel to have a different caster angle from the right wheel?

A few weeks ago, I treated my VW Touareg to a fresh set of tyres and decided to get a wheel alignment done since it was pulling ever so slightly to the right after the front suspension bushings had ...
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half size wheel covers

IS there such a thing ? Preferably on ebay. They should cover the hub and studs. Hopefully I'll get understood. English is not my native language so here is how a full size wheel cover looks like:
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Do I need steel lugnuts when using steel wheels

Here in the northern part of North America, we're about to start winter, so off come the mags with the summer tires, and on go the steel wheels with the winter tires. Do I need to use steel lug nuts ...
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Winter tires 195/55r16 fit on a 16x7 rim

Hello I was wondering if I can use winter tires 195/55r16 on a 16x7 rim? Or can I use another 195/ which fit better ?
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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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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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OEM wheel studs don't fit my car?

I have a 2009 Kia Rio, and one of the studs for a rear wheel got broken (probably the local tire shop's fault, but it's my word against their's). I went to an auto parts store to get a replacement. ...
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Can lug nuts be tightened with a powered non-impact driver plus torque wrench?

I understand that lug nuts should not be tightened with an impact wrench because of the risk of over-torquing. Could a lug nut be tightened most of the way with a powered non-impact driver and then ...
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Can summer and winter wheels be of different size for the same car?

I have an old Volkswagen Golf 4, 1.4. The size of the summer tires is 195/65 R15. When I bought the car it came with a set of mounted 205/55 R16 winter tires. When I took the car to a mechanic to ...
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Why are spare wheels smaller than normal wheels?

I want to purchase a VW Ameo Highline. It comes with stock tyres (185/60 R15), and alloy rims. The spare wheel, however, is a standard steel rim (non-alloy) with 175/70 R14 tyres. The dealer explained ...
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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 ...