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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.
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...
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 include a front end alignment that is off, a shaky or loose steering wheel, and uneven or excessive tire wear.
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 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 Bearings
Sometimes you can get by with a part on your car being in semi-good condition. That is not the case with wheel bearings. They are responsible for supporting the weight of your...
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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What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.
Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...
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How much offset would I need to fit 16X8 wheels on my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado
Hello. When using a 16X8 wheel on your truck you need to use an offset of 10 mm. This will give you the necessary clearance for the wheel itself. This may not be suitable for the tire that you are...
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Vibration when car shifts gear
There are a lot of possible causes and thus the vehicle has to be road tested as one part of a vibration diagnostic. If the cause is mundane (e.g., wheel imbalance, tire belt separation) the diagnostic and fix will be...
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Vibration and noise from front of vehicle
Vibration felt through the steering wheel is often due to tire/wheel imbalance although irregular tire wear and/or tire belt defects could be implicated. Sometimes vibration has multiple causes, so for example vehicle suspension components could be loose or worn and...
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My driver side wheel on my car will not move at all.
Hi there. Check the brakes and see if they are locked on the driver side. If the brakes are free, then raise up the vehicle and try to move the wheel by hand. If the wheel is lock up, then...
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I'm about 335 miles from home my car has a humming sound I stopped at a dealership to see what was going on I was told I need to r
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is difficult to identify the humming noise without having the vehicle in front of us. If the wheel bearings and hubs are in poor condition, the vehicle should not be driven. In a...
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Knocking on the right rear wheel
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle will need to be inspected further at this point. The sound may be coming from the tire, the hub assembly, the brakes, or the suspension. With that being said, a trained eye...
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When accelerating my steering wheel shimmers, like a slight wobble only while accelerating
Failure of the outer CV joints would more likely cause audible clicking or clunking on turns and not vibration. And, if the rubber boots are intact on the driveshafts (especially on the outer CV joints), it is not likely there...
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Thrust angle alignment
A thrust angle alignment, which I will explain momentarily, is a mundane, routine alignment procedure which is in fact performed every time a vehicle has a 4 wheel alignment. A quick digression though: I am surprised to hear that it...
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Need help choosing the right rim size for my tire
Hi...Tire size 33 x 12.5R16 is equivalent to LT305/70R16. The recommended rim width is 8 to 9.5 inches with 9 inches being typical. Rim width is not the only critical dimension, you also have to be sure you have the...
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Noise from tire on every rotation
Before you go to too much trouble, you need to inspect the tire tread carefully. It's amazing how much noise you can get from a simple thing like a bottlecap stuck in the tread. Jack up the car so you...
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Wheel Bearings
This may be a sign of failing or worn out wheel bearings. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers...
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driver side lower ball joint rubbing rim.
Hi there. The control arm bushing can cause the lower ball joint to rest on the rim. If the bushings are missing, the lower control arm will move forward or backwards with the vehicle during turns. This can put a...
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My car pulls/jerks to right when I slow down.
If this is happening without pressing the brake pedal, this may be a sign of worn out wheel bearings. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing...
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Sounds when turning.
This may be a sign of failing or worn out wheel bearings. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers...
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I wanna put irocs on my infinity but i dont know what adapters i should buy 2005 Infinity G35
Hello - your Infinity has a 5-lug, by 4.5" diameter bolt pattern for the wheels. Depending on which IROC wheels you have access to, they may or may not fit your Infinity directly. Check (1) the bolt diameter and offset...
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Rims and tires.
The minimum recommended rim width for 33 x 12.5R16 is 8 inches. The rim diameter, of course, must be 16 inches. In terms of width, you can use rims that measure in the range of 8 to 9.5 inches with...
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When I'm either in reverse or drive and I turn, the left wheel locks up.
Hi there. Check the suspension and see if it is moving around. This could cause the tire to jam up into the sub-frame and make the tire stop. Otherwise, check the brake caliper and see if its loose causing the...
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Mazda 3 2010 making some noise from one of the back wheels.
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to diagnose and repair the brakes or wheel hubs on the back of the vehicle.
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Steering shakes when I get to 100 kph, also makes a scrubbing noise in front over bumps/driveways 2003 Holden Commodore (VY)
Hi there - sounds like your tires/wheels are out of balance, out of round or you have a bent wheel. The "scrubbing" noise when the front suspension is compressed going over bumps also suggests that the tires are rubbing on...

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