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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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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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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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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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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Does center bore difference of 0.06mm matter?

Recently I ordered a set of alloy wheels for my Volvo V40 MY 2015 which has a center bore 63.4. I noticed only now that there is a slight difference in the center bore (everything else is precisely ...
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BMW rims on a Terrain?

I have a Chevy Terrain, and asked the local dealer to put my snows on - they are on BMW rims. I was told they wouldn't as this was a safety issue. The rims would only sit on the edge of the bolt, ...
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Any recommendation to prevent rims sticking to the disc?

Almost every season when changing the tires from winter to all-season and back I find the rims stick (mostly due to rust) to the disc behind. Is there any recommended solution that can be applied ...
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Possible to get custom rims made?

I have an older car with an unusual lug configuration so it is very difficult to get rims for it. Is it possible to get custom aluminum rims cast and machined to a specific lug configuration? If so, ...
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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 ...
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Starlet '98 wheel key

The wheels on my Starlet '98 (European XLi version) have a cap over the nuts. The cap is locked in place with a lock which appears to need a square key with a hole in the middle. What is such a lock ...
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Front-end vibrations in Pontiac G6

Car: 2007 Pontiac G6 (3.5L engine) Problem: Front-end vibration Details: I feel the vibrations primarily in the steering wheel. However, I also slightly feel it in my foot resting on the gas pedal ...
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Rear wheel alignment on rear-wheel-drive vehicle

I recently got rear wheel bearings replaced on my 2005 Toyota Hilux (KUN26 frame) and now wondering if the wheels need alignment in order to prevent excessive tire wear. On the one hand, the rear ...
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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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Whirring wawawa noise at wheel speed

2003 Honda Civic ex 212000 miles Wuwuwu noise that gets louder and faster as speed increases, probably matching wheel rotation speed, can't tell if front or rear. Bearing? Wheel balance? 55 mph then ...
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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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What is this wire in my tyre?

On my car there are these strange wires sticking out my tyre. They are wedged in the tyre at one end, and I pulled a few out before taking the photos below, before getting one stuck in my finger... ...
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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 18&...
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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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Will putting a 5x115 lug pattern wheel on 5x114.3 fit?

If it fits, will driving with it cause any damage? It is intended as a full-size spare, though I might consider getting a full set in the future. The car is 2008 Hyundai Elantra SE. I'm finding no ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Rubbing sounds when making sharp turns after getting the brakes replaced

Went to a auto shop to get all pads and front rotors replaced. Now my car is making a rubbing type noise at the wheels when making a sharp turn. Any ideas what this likely is?
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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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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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