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Is It Safe to Drive With a Bent Axle?
Your car’s axles are essential components. They transmit power from the transmission or differential to the drive wheels. While they’re designed to be very strong and should last for a long time, they...
How to Replace a Wheel Seal
Wheel seals are part of the wheel bearing system and keep dirt and debris away from these bearings. Replace wheel seals if grease leaks from bearings.
How to Tighten Lug Nuts
Lug nuts, or wheel locks, hold the wheel onto the car. Missing lug nuts can cause the car to wobble so it's important to keep lug nuts tight.
Is it Safe to Drive With a Wheel Bearing Gone?
Wheel bearings help a car roll smoothly. Bad or missing wheel bearing symptoms include grinding noises, a loose steering wheel, and uneven tire wear.
How to Know if You Need a Wheel Alignment
The first time that you may suspect a wheel alignment problem is when you are driving down the road and your car feels like it drifts...
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...
5 Car Parts Potholes Can Damage
Car damage from potholes is common during the spring season. Check for tire bulges, suspension problems, and body damage if you drive over a pothole.
How to Remove the Wheels from Your Vehicle
Your tires are an essential part of your vehicle. They are there for safety, comfort, and performance. The tires are mounted to the wheels, which in turn are mounted...
How to Replace Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings are parts that allow the wheels on your vehicle to spin freely and with as little friction as possible. A wheel bearing is a set of...
The Mechanics of Cars: Simple Machines in Automobiles
Simple machines are single, mechanical devices that help improve the daily life of humans by allowing them to work faster, easier, and more efficiently. Simple machines are considered...
How To Replace a Tire Valve Stem
Tire valve stems are the valves located in a vehicle’s wheel where the tires are inflated from. They contain a spring loaded valve core that seals itself using the air...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tie Rod End
Common signs of a faulty tie rod end include a front end alignment that is off, a shaky or loose steering wheel, and uneven or excessive tire wear.
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 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...
How to Clean Brake Dust
Brake dust is residue that accumulates on a car’s wheels over time. The dust comes from the brake pads, which wear down over time from the friction of braking....
How to Replace the Rear Hub Bearing on a Ford Explorer
Wheel bearings allow the car's wheels to give you a smooth ride. A howling or grinding noise is a sign that your hub bearing should be replaced.
How to Replace a Wheel Stud
Car wheel studs hold the wheels to a hub. Wheel studs withstand a lot of pressure and wear out if under too much force, causing rust or damage.
How to Clean and Repack Wheel Bearings
A wheel bearing should be cleaned and repacked if there is abnormal tire wear, grinding coming from the car tires, or steering wheel vibration.
How to Replace a Wheel Speed Sensor
A car wheel speed sensor helps control the anti-lock brake system by determining if a wheel is moving at a different speed than the other wheels.
How to Buy Good Quality Wheel Chocks
Wheel chocks provide essential safety in any situation where your vehicle might roll. For instance, if you’re changing a flat tire, you should use a wheel chock on the tire directly diagonal...

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Broken Studs 2008 Saturn Aura
Hi there - I believe your on-going problem is that the center hole in the wheel, which fits over the bearing hub, has a bigger diameter than the bearing hub. That forces ALL loads: standing weight of the vehicle, cornering...
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Is it possible to change the centre bore to fit new wheels? 2001 Audi A3
Hi there - you want to find hub-centric rings for your specific wheel-hub combination. These steel rings take up the excess space between the wheel hub bore and the hub itself, and allows the correct transfer of vehicle weight to...
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if a mechanic said he replaced your wheel bearings would it be worse 5 days later
It could be that the wheel bearing was damaged during installation. or it could be that the noise was mis-diagnosed and replacing the wheel bearing didn't solve the problem. There are many stories about mechanics charging for work that was...
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Significant vibrations after new rims and tires installation.
Unless you were previously able to operate at 90 MPH with no vibration, I would not necessarily expect such success now with the new tires and wheels. Once you get up to speeds like that, there are lots of possible...
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How to get my front tire off? 2006 Toyota Corolla
Hello - the big nut in the center of the wheel holds the hub and wheel onto the axle - don't remove that! If the wheel doesn't want to come off after removing the 3 or 4 small bolts or...
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clicking noise in steering
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The first components to consider when you experience these symptoms are the tires. They will create noise and vibration when they are inflated improperly, out of round, or out of balance. If the...
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Vehicle rumbles when driving also a very loud noise when driving over lane strips.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several issues that may cause these types of symptoms. The most common are improperly inflated or unbalanced tires. If you lost a weight off of the tires while driving, this would cause...
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Tire lug nuts are extremely hot after driving. Is this normal?
If the brakes have been applied, heat will be conducted from the rotor to the wheel and thence to the lug nuts. However, the braking has to be fairly significant and continuous, such as in stop and go driving, for...
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Warning lights still on 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Hi there - the next level of diagnostics are going to be required - specifically the ABS system. (Top level OBD II codes aren't enough here) I suspect you have a wheel speed sensor that is dirty or malfunctioning. These...
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Wheel lights on my truck. Are they legal or illegal to have?
The law states that lights are to be stationary on a vehicle unless they are for a purpose vehicle with a strobe light, like a tow truck. Also the law states that the lights cannot create a distraction to the...
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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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Loud noise from front passenger wheel
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first place you will want to start is by checking the brakes. Take a look at the pads and see if they are making contact with the rotor. There is a very small...
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I need help with finding the right size and product wheel spacers.
When it comes to installing the wheel spacers, first jack up the vehicle and place it on jack stands. Then turn the steering all the way to the left or right, depending on what side you are on. Then take...
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Clunking noise front left tire on my way home tonight from work. Pulled over couldn't see anything hanging off.
Check the shock absorbers on the front and see if they are leaking. If they are leaking, then I recommend replacing the shock absorbers. When a shock absorber fails, the wheel will not stay in contact with the road as...
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I cant find specific laws on modifying vehicles.
The law states that all vehicles have to pass a state inspection for sound, lights, and safety. The following is the laws to follow when changing the items you have mentioned. ______________________________________________ Laws for exhaust The exhaust must be equipped...
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Can 16 inch tires / rims be used on a car that came stock with 17 inch tires / rims?
Hi there - the answer is "possibly". There are 4 technical questions which must be affirmatively answered first to go forward with this swap. First - do the wheels you acquired have the same bolt pattern as your stock wheels...
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How much ground clearance will decrease and cornering will increase by upgrading from 175/65R14 to 185/60R14 and why?
When understanding tires, you have to configure the size and dimentions of the tread, side wall, construction, and rim. The following is the break down of the tire size: 175/65R14 The 175 is the width of the tire in...
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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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I have a 2005 Hyundai Sonata the back rear wheel is bent into the vehicle so I'm assuming it is a broken axle. How much would some
Hello, thank you for writing in. Damage in that area can effect everything that took the impact directly, and all of the components linked to that area. The damage to the wheel, wheel hub, suspension, axle, tire, and brakes will...
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Brake rubbing rim 2006 BMW 325i
Hello - the basic issue is "something changed". You don't indicate what was serviced with this repair (brake pads, new brake calipers, tire rotation, wheel swap, wheel space left out, etc.), but whatever the case, something is different. A wheel...

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