Your wheels and tires are among the most important parts of your car. Wheels and tires must be inspected periodically for wear and replaced when they become damaged.
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What are Wheels?
Also known as rims, wheels are used to mount tires onto a vehicle. Along with your tires, your wheels are the last thing that separates you from the road and are integral to steering.
How do Wheels Work?
Wheels convert rotational energy into linear travel smoothly and efficiently. They are connected to the vehicle’s axles and are an important part of the steering system.
How are Wheels Made?
A variety of wheels are available to suit your functional needs or aesthetic wants. There are 1, 2, and 3-piece wheel designs. Modern automotive wheels are made of stamped steel, cast aluminum, and forged aluminum. Performance wheels are often constructed using forged aluminum castings bolted to polished outer shells with special fasteners. Some aftermarket wheels are machined from solid, forged aluminum blanks using specialized CNC equipment.
Why do Wheels Fail?
- Wheels do not typically fail with normal use. Most wheels last decades and remain functional for the life of the vehicle.
- Wheels may become cracked or broken during an accident.
- Wheels may become cracked or broken when subject to extreme forces. For example, a wheel may bend, crack, shatter, or break if the vehicle runs into a curb or other solid object.
What are the Symptoms of Wheel Failure?
- Cracks may be visible during visible inspection. Look closely at the rim and the center of the wheel, near and around the lug nuts.
- Damaged wheels may be impossible to balance without using an excessive number of wheel weights.
- Wheels are unbalanced, causing vibration at speeds over 15 miles per hour.
What are the Implications of Wheel Failure?
- Failing wheels may eventually break free from the vehicle as it is driven and cause a traffic accident.
- The tires may fail to hold air and require frequent, even daily, refills.
- Damage to tires may result because of attempting to mount them on broken or damaged rim surfaces.
If you have questions or concerns about wheels or any of your vehicle’s components, come into your where we can answer any question, help you find any part, or perform any vehicle service you might need.