Wheels 101

wheels-tireHave you ever felt lost in the dark when it comes to wheels? You’re not alone. A lot of people feel the same way and part of this is probably because not a lot talk about it enough. Especially for new owners, it can feel confusing. But fear no more because together with Classic Car Labs, we’re giving everyone a brisk but concise lesson about your vehicle’s wheels. Let’s get started!

What are wheels?

By definition, it is a ring or disk that revolves or is turned by a central shaft or pin, sometimes with a central hub that has radiating spokes attached to a circular rim. Too scientific? Let’s make it simpler. It’s what connects the car to the road.

How different is this from the tire?

Wheels are often manufactured from steel and aluminum (alloy) with the latter often more costly than the former. In other words, they are the rotating metal part that you see. The tire is but its outer covering and is made of rubber. It’s the direct contact of the machine and the asphalt and therefore is crucial in terms of ensuring adequate friction.

How do I make sure that they work well?

Like everything else, proper care and maintenance is to be had in order to ensure their performance. Caution is a must too as a simple hit to the curb can bend or disfigure them. If so, one has to bring them to the shop for fixing.

There are many ways by which one can ensure the proper care and maintenance of one’s wheels but today, we’ve decided to highlight two.

Clean them regularly. This is to keep the brake dust and grime off at all costs. If not, both will get baked into the wheel and stay there forever. They don’t look good and they hasten wear and tear. Mind you, wheels aren’t cheap.

Re-align them too says Classic Car Labs experts. After some time, they get out of position. An alignment restores the correct angles to their respective measurements, ensuring that the wheels sit straight. This helps to facilitate lesser tire wear and improved fuel economy. When you notice your vehicle drifting to one side without you having to turn the stirring wheel then that means you need it. Experts also advice for this to be done every after 6,000 miles or when you’ve gone through rough terrain.

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