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Is it Safe to Drive With a Cracked Rim?
The rim is a large metal circle on which the tire is placed....
How Rims Work and Why They Matter
Buying new car rims can change how your car drives. Correct wheel fitment will help ensure that your car wheels will be compatible with your vehicle.
How to Buy Good Quality Rims
Keeping your vehicle wheeling along requires more than just tires – you also need rims; and not necessarily some super-slick shiny monster rims, either. The size of the wheels and the rims are...
How to Paint Car Wheels
While there are many ways to update the look of your vehicle, one method that is often overlooked is painting the wheels. It is far cheaper and simpler than...
How to Clean Your Car Tires
When your car’s wheels are clean, it does more than just enhance your car’s looks. It also protects your tires from weathering and cracking and removes corrosion and protects...
How to Make Aluminum Wheels Shine
Aluminum wheels are an amazing addition to your vehicle to spruce up its appearance. They give your car a sleek, customized look while being relatively low maintenance....
How to Remove Wheel Locks
When you have nice, new rims on your car, you won’t be the only one admiring them. Good-looking wheels draw the attention of car aficionados and thieves alike. Wheels are...
How to Make Chrome Wheels Shine
Chrome wheels are a way to change your car’s mundane appearance into a highly-attractive, sporty look. Some high-end or luxury cars have chrome wheels installed at the factory while many...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Rims
The car’s rims are what the inside edge of the tire is mounted on. The rim makes up the circular design of the wheel, so the tire can be safely placed on the automobile....

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Q: Vehicle shakes
You should have all the tires checked for a bent rim. You can check this by having someone follow you while driving on the road. The other person can let you know if a problem is visually noticeable. Another alternative...
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Tires and rims keep getting damaged
Hello. There could be a problem with the suspension on your car. The control arm, ball joint, and inner or outer tie rod could be damaged. This will cause excessive wear on the tires. There could also be damage...
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Spay painted wheels and it didnt dry and has wrinkles.
If you cannot use the paint stripper to get off the paint, try letting it dry then sand it smooth and then put on another coat of paint. First let the rims set in the sun to dry and harden...
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All wheels are slightly bent and one wheel is cracked
When the vehicle's rims develop these type of cracks, they should be replaced immediately. The cracks can make the wheel unstable and should not be driven on until it is repaired. The most common causes of trims cracking in this...
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Car pulls to the right after tire rotation
Hello. On your 2002 Mercedes Benz SLK320, all of the tires have to have the same tread design an the same amount of tread. Any variations will cause the computer to not read the sensors correctly which will cause these...
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Rim swap Ford Expedition and Dodge Ram
That is hard to tell without looking at the rim and the truck you want to install it on. It should fit but there is no gaurantee that the backspacing is correct. Try looking up the wheel manufacturer and see...
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Between 35-40 mph a harmonic vibration in car cabin
Since it sounds like you have ruled out tires and tire balance, it's time to start looking at other things. The problem could be the driveshaft or possibly a faulty wheel bearing. However, the fact that it goes away after...
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Car noise, dashboard warnings on
One guess is that the problem could be a faulty wheel bearing(s). Bad wheel bearings often result in a rotational growling noise. The wheel bearing is integral to the hub assembly on your vehicle, which also houses the reluctor ring...
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I have hit a curve and flat my tire but I had to ride the rim home. I got a new tire but my car pulls to the right and left now
Hey there. Unfortunately, when you hit the curb you may have damaged the steering gear or the tie rod ends. You should have the suspension and steering checked to pinpoint the problem. If your car cannot be driven, then have...
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When I try to take my lug nuts off my aftermarket rims, i end up scraping the rims,what size lug do i need so i wont do this again
There are many possible sizes of sockets depending on the rim design and types of lug nuts used. Most aftermarket rims will use the same size lug nuts as original but require a thin wall type socket. Take the vehicle...
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Pontiac Grand Prix shaking at 30 mph
If there is a broken piece on the rim it will cause the rim to be out of balance and shake when the car picks up speed. I would definitely get the rim fixed and re-balance and see if that...
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Looking at buying new rims, different centre bores and offsets.
Hi there. You can change the rims on the vehicle and the 5mm offset difference will not make much difference with the mounting and clearance with anything. Keep in mind, when changing a wheel from 40mm offset to 45mm offset...
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I bought two new tires and rims to put on my car and I want to know if I can make them fit.
Hi there. Anytime you purchase new tires and wheels that are not OEM options (which this 225/45zr17 is not), you risk creating multiple issues that will impact the vehicles performance such as ABS operation, speedometer, cruise control, and braking. The...
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How do I tell what size lug nuts I need for my rims?
The lug nut bolt pattern on your vehicle is 4 x 114.3. In practical terms, that means that an imaginary circle drawn through the four "bolt holes" will have a diameter of 114.3 millimeters. Of course, a bolt pattern designated...
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I have a cracked rim that needs to be replaced. What else might need to be looked at?
Hi there: Anytime the front wheels strike a curb, the tires and wheels absorb most of the impact. However, it's also possible for tie rods, lower control arms or CV joints to be damaged as well during this type of...
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Stripped lug nut/unable to change tire
Hello, thank you for writing in. Locking lug nuts would cause every wheel to require a special socket in order to remove the tire. These are often aftermarket, but if you have a set on the car, this may have...
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I hit a median with the front driver side tire and then my front passenger tire caved in
Hello, thank you for writing in. Hitting a curb can cause damage to the tire, rim, and axle. Evaluating the damage on the drivers front tires is the first step. The tire may be damaged. The rim may now be...
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Downsizing wheels
Hello, and thank you for writing in. While it may be possible with low profile tires and spacers, the clearance for the brake calipers and the lug nut alignment may be an issue. Stock rims for the vehicle are only...
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I was in a car accident with my 2014 Chevy cruze and I was hit on the rear driver side. My drivers rear tire's rim has a small dent.
Hi there. The light came on for the wheel is spinning on a different path than the reluctor ring can pick up on the wheel speed sensor. The wheel could be bent and causing the wheel hub to be bent...
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Is it possible to put 20" rims on a car that has 15" stock rim?
Yes you can put 20 inch rims on your vehicle but with limitations. This will depend on how wide the rims and tires will be and also if the tires will clear the struts and suspension parts when driving and...

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