Questions About Car Rims
Written by Beatriz Berbet

3 min read • Published August 22, 22

You might think your car rims are unbeatable, but you might be wrong! In this article, you will find out the different types of damage that can happen to car rims and how to prevent them.

What are car rims?

Car rims are the circular metal or plastic pieces outside a car. They protect the tires from rubbing against each other and from getting damaged. The rim also helps to keep the vehicle from rolling off the road.

How do car rims work?

There are a few different rim assemblies, each with its benefits and drawbacks. Rim width affects how fast a tire can rotate on the rim, while rim depth affects how much compression the tire can achieve.

Rim width: Standard rims are around 18 inches wide, while narrower rims reduce the vehicle’s drag. They’re typically used on sports cars and racecars because they offer increased speed and handling. Narrower rims also allow for higher-performance tires because they provide more contact with the road surface.

Rim depth: Standard rims are available in shallow (8mm) or deep (12mm). Superficial boundaries are best for high-performance tires that require more contact with the ground, while deep rims provide better stability and handling when using softer tires. They’re typically used on luxury cars and SUVs because they offer improved ride quality and durability.

Questions About Car Rims

When the wheels scruff, how can they be repaired?

If your car’s wheels show signs of wear and tear, it’s essential to know how to repair them. You can fix a rim by replacing the entire reel or just the hub. Both repairs require a skill set and knowledge about car mechanics. Here are some questions about rims that may help you decide which option is best for your situation:

 What is the difference between a rim and a hub?

Rims are the outermost part of a wheel, while hubs are the central part that connects the rim to the axle. Rims are usually made from metal or plastic, while hubs are made from metal or plastic and rubber.

How can I tell if my rim needs to be replaced?

If your rim shows signs of wear and tear, it may need to be replaced with a new one. These signs include scruffing or balding of the metal, noticeable dents or creases in the plastic, and cracks in the Rim Section (the portion of the rim that attaches to the wheel). If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with a mechanic, so they can evaluate your reel and make a recommendation.

Ways to avoid scruffing your wheels

  1. If you’re ever considering replacing your car’s wheels, consult a professional before doing anything. Wheel assemblies can cost between $300 and $1,000, and the process is not always easy – even for professionals. It is because wheels are held together by dozens of small, delicate parts that can easily be damaged.
  2. Before starting ANY wheel-related project, remove all the tires and lugnuts from the wheels. It will make it much easier to work on the wheels and keep them from getting scratched or scuffed up in the process.
  3. When replacing your car’s wheels, make sure you buy the correct size and rim type. Many people think they need to buy a set of ‘rims’ specifically designed for their car, but this is not always the case. You can use most standard rims with just about any vehicle.
  4. When installing your new wheels, use plenty of lubricants – both during the installation process and afterward. It will help prevent any squeaks or other problems down the road.

Beatriz Berbet

Marketing & Social Media Intern

As a Marketing and Social Media intern, Beatriz takes care of social networks and is responsible for making people know more about Savings.Club on the internet. When she's not working or at university, you'll find her with a book and a glass of wine.