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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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What are these metal clips where my wheel rims meet the tires and what are they for?

I had a leaky tire, so I took it in to be checked for a puncture. The guy found no puncture but found it was leaking air where this clip met the tire: That clip had been there since I bought the ...
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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive? [closed]

Pictures: As you can see, it took a good chunk out of the tire, next to the rim. Unfortunately there's also quite a lot of scratch damage on the edges there. Is this still safe to drive, or should I ...
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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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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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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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One wheel sometimes vibrates periodically after rotor & brake change

A week ago I changed the pads & rotors on my front tires. Everything was mostly normal. On the driver's side the calpier was very rusted, but I put it back on figuring the piston still looked ok....
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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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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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How to touch-up paint on wheels?

I recently painted a spare set of alloy wheels. Unfortunately, the lighting in my unit is not good. After the paint dried, I noticed a couple of spokes hadn't been fully covered so the primer is ...
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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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Back passenger rim heating up after tire change

Could a bad rim be the reason the back passenger rim on my 2000 VW Golf is heating up? I just put on my new winter tires which were put on OLD spare rims my mechanic had laying around. After the ...
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Cast or Forged Alloy Wheels: Is there any way to determine the difference when buying?

As I've looked at alloy wheels on several different websites (Amazon, America's Tire, Tire Rack, etc.) I haven't noticed in the description whether or not the wheel is cast or forged. Other than ...
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Cast or Forged Wheels, is there any real-world difference?

One-piece alloy wheels can be either cast, or forged and milled from a billet. The latter process supposedly makes for a slightly denser and stronger structure and eliminates any bubbles that may have ...
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What can make my wheels hard to turn

2001 Honda civic EX. manual transmission 166k miles. Rear drums, fairly new front brake pads. I went to get new tires on my car yesterday. When they got the car off the ground they called me out to ...
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Can a pothole damage the brakes?

I went over a small pothole near roadworks and there was a quick rattle after I went through it. It didn't felt like a big one, it was almost like mounting the kerb and I was going with less than 30 ...
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Does car instability driving on diamond ground pavement indicate something?

I've been noticing recently that my car seems to wobble side to side a lot more driving on highways that have those diamond ground sections which are like long grooves in the direction of travel. I'm ...
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How do I remove this wheel bolts cover

I bought this car with aftermarket wheels and I am trying to remove the wheel bolts cover to get to the bolts but the question is how do I remove the cover? Sorry for the unclear photo but it seems ...
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Is it bad to change wheels/rims often (10-20 times a year)?

For reasons described below, I'm considering getting two sets of wheels (tires+rims) and swapping them back and forth pretty often (every few weeks, up to 10-20 times a year). I'm wondering whether ...
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Measuring and buying new rims for my vehicle

I've grown bored of the stock steel rims my car came with and now I've got a good opportunity to buy some new ones. I've taken mesuraments just to make sure but I'm not exactly confident that these ...
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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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What is the difference between 245/75R16 and 265/70R16, and will it damage my car to drive with one smaller tire?

We bought a 1997 Chevy Suburban and recently put new tires on at Walmart. The associate there told us that we had the wrong size tires. Rather than worrying about different rim sizes or something I ...
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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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Are generic steel rims bad for car/tires?

I was looking into buying a set of steel rims for my '97 Camry (for winter tires). I was talking to a guy, who worked at an auto shop, who said generic steel rims aren't exactly good for cars (...
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Can a 2013 17" Forester rim be fitted to 2002+ models

The MY2002+ base model Subaru Forester's have a 16" steel rim (offset 48 and 5 x 100). The 2013 (and later I think) model Forester has steel rims in a similar style but 17". Can these be fitted to a ...
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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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Correct fitment of wheels using hubcentric rings

I have a US 2007 Yaris sedan. I'm still on the original wheels and they've had a very rough life. The ride is suffering for it and I'm looking for a new set of wheels and tires while trying to be ...
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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 ...