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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Buying wider wheels

I'm considering buying wider tires for my car. How do I find out the maximum width that would fit? Im currently running 205/50R16, if that indicates anything.
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Replace original steel rims with aluminum rims

My Corolla 1999 came with original steel rims, I'm not sure if there was an option for aluminum rims at that time. Recently I want to buy some used aluminum rims but the question is if the current ...
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Found this in my wheel

Hi there I was driving along when I noticed a sound in my rear wheel. I stopped and found this inside. I'm unsure if I've went over it or it's fell off my car. Can anyone identify it please? I have ...
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Broken part, rear wheel, Hyundai Accent 2003

I drove a long long way with my old car knowing I had to change the shock absorbers, and what needed to happen; happened. Something broke and I have now strange noise coming from one of the rear wheel ...
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How do the cycles of the engine get converted into cycles of the wheels?

Is it the transmission that converts the high rpm of the engine into the lower rpm of the wheels rotation? Let's say that an engine was running at 500 rpm (this refers to the rpm of the crankshaft, ...
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How to get this lug off

My truck had these fancy lug nuts and I accidentally broke one off and I don't know how to get the remnants off. Any ideas?
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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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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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Squeaky front wheel on 2007 Honda Fit

My 2007 Honda Fit's front driver's side wheel has started squeaking as it rotates. I've grabbed a video of the sound: http://youtu.be/E8HnarRSwRg I hear it squeaking up to about 60 km/h / ~35 mph ...
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Looking for Tyres for Pulsar 150 bike with 180cc engine

I have a pulsar 150 bike modified with 180cc engine. I am looking for tyres(both from and rear). The tyre should have have good cornering capability and a very good grip. Till now I have. I looked at ...
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2014 Honda CRV, LX Trim Package

I purchased a 2014 Honda CR-V, LX trim Package. It came stock with the metal 16 inch wheels and 215 70 R 16 tires. The specs on the tire are: Diameter 27.9 inches Wheel 16 inches Sidewall 5.9 inches ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would I feel disbalanced or thrown around when riding a motorcycle

I have a Yamaha XJ600N, and at various points of time when riding around in the city at 50 to 60 kph I have had this strange feedback from the wheels or suspension that makes me feel either slightly ...
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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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How thick should sheet metal be for steel wheel tubs?

As the title asks when building wheel tubs for a hot rod what sheet metal thickness should you use to build your wheel tubs?
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Finding Cause of Slow Tire Leak 2001 Camry

I have a 4cyl 2001 Toyota Camry It has the following rims. I believe they're an aluminum alloy. I have a matching set of 4 DUNLOP tires rated for 44 PSI. I'll edit this post with specifics ...
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Wheel Compatibility for 2003 Saturn Ion (4X100)

I'm trying to get inexpensive wheels for the snow tires that I own (P195/60R15), so that I may put them on my 2003 Saturn Ion. I know that the wheel's bolt pattern is 4X100 and I'm looking for a ...
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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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Could this rim be welded or do I need to replace it completely?

While changing the tyres on my car, I noticed this crack on the rim: I don't know how or when it happened and the rim is aluminium. Could this be welded or do I need to replace the rim? Can I drive ...
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Alloy and Steel Rims - Can I get away with having no Alloys?

I have recently bought my new car which has 14" wheels i.e. 14" rims (steel). One of my friends was asking me, "Dude, where are the alloys?". I didn't have much attention to it before until he asked. ...
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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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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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2002 Lancer - Shaking when accelerating at higher speeds

I recently bought a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and everything seems to ride fine, except when I get around 60-70 mph on the highway the steering wheel starts to shake noticeably. This is only noticeable ...
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I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on golf but peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I interchange

I have 225 45 r17 winter tyres on my golf that are nearly new. I have just purchased a Peugeot 207 with 205 45 r17 tyres - could I also use my winter tyres on this car?
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Help with wheel lock

I have a 2011 rs Chevy camaro and I do not have the wheel lock key for the wheel lock. The wheel lock has 7 spline but are uneven and I can't find it anywhere.
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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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damaged rim - is a new need a new one?

My friends rim was damaged: Should a new one be purchased?
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pulsating loud noise from new spare tire, that was already balanced

I got a spare wheel off of CL and got a new tire from a store where it was stretched to the wheel and then balanced. When I mount this spare , it make pulsating noise and it increases beyond 50 mph ...
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Tyre equivalency

I'd like to know if there are less expensive equivalents of the Hankook Ventus R-S2 high performance tyre. It is a 215 / 35ZR18 84Y. I popped one of mine, and it is unrepairable, as the damage is on ...
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Stuck wheel bolt, how to remove?

How can a get a REALLY stuck wheel bolt off my 2016 BMW? So far I’ve tried: A 450mm breaker bar standing on the end of it GT85 lubricant and the breaker bar again An impact driver with 500nm of ...
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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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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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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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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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Bent winter allow wheels, repair myself with rubber mallet?

So both of my rims currently installed in the back are bent. Since this is my winter wheels set, Someone suggested me to just try to straighten them with a rubber mallet. Is this a good idea? Can I ...
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Using different rim that what I have?

I am looking into getting a full sized spare rim/wheel for my 2012 VW Passat SEL. Currently it has 215/55R17 tires on it, with alloy rims and 5 lugs on it to secure it. The local shops offered me ...
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Sqealing noise from left rear wheel- very hot

I have a 2007 Mazda 6, and after cruising for a while on the highway, I started to hear a very loud squealing noise coming from the rear wheel on the drivers side. It's an extremely high pitched and ...
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need to remove a broken lug nut: thinking die grinder?

I'm stuck on trying to remove a lug nut. Tried drilling it, wondering what to try next. Could a die grinder help me finish the job? -Not my best work here. Destroyed the lock adapter, trying to get ...
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Wheel Alignment Still Feels Off After Getting Alignment

My mechanic replaced the left control arm and crossmember on my 2007 Nissan Versa. After, I went to a Nissan Dealership to get an alignment. I felt like the alignment was better in some ways after but ...
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Ground clearance

Will the ground clearance vary based on the rim diameter? Example: I saw new Hyundai Venue model and it is specified that it has ~190mm for ground clearance, which they might have given for top end ...
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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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can i change oem tyre 256/40R21 105 y to 265/60R 18 or 265/70 R 16 on my mercedes ml 350

i have serious problem with the oem tyres supplied 265/40R21 y 105. These tyres are getting damaged on pothole filled roads or on a bad rough road. i was told it happens because these aer low profile ...

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