Automotive Rims and Wheel Replacement


Usually when people think about changing a tire, they're thinking about the part where the rubber meets the road. They don't consider that inside the tire is the rim, which is part of the actual wheel and enables the tire to spin. The rim is essential to keep your tire inflated and pressurized, and sometimes, through damage or wear, you need new wheels or rims.

When drivers in the Bowling Green or Toledo areas are in an accident that requires a rim or wheel replacement, they know where to go. Learn a bit about automotive rims and wheel replacement, and where you can go for more information.

The Difference Between Wheels and Rims

Usually, people use the terms "rim" and "wheel" interchangeably to refer to the metal part around which the tire fits. This is not entirely accurate. The rim isn't actually the wheel, but rather, is a part of the wheel. Specifically, it's the part of the wheel around the outside, to which the tire is mounted; it's the outer edge of the wheel, shaped like a cylinder, and with the core responsibility of sealing the tire.

Another part of the wheel is the disc. This is the part of the wheel that connects the rim to the hub of the axle. The earliest cars had the rim and hub linked together with spokes made of wire or wood. The wheel disc eventually replaced these spokes, and it's still in use to this very day. It can be a permanent part of the wheel, or it can be detachable, depending on the make and model of the car.

Most discs these days are cast or forged of metallic alloy, with the spokes present to give it a stylish look.

Repairing vs Replacing Wheels and Rims

It's generally pretty easy to notice damage to your rims-you might hear a sort of thumping sound when you drive, or you could feel vibration through the steering wheel. You might also notice distinct handling problems or serious changes in your gas mileage resulting from unusual tire wear. You could also see damage to your rims in terms of dents, cracks, or bending.

Often, if your rim is just bent, it can be repaired by simply straightening it out. If it's cracked or there's damage to the lug holes, on the other hand, your mechanic may recommend replacement wheels. That's why it's important to work with a mechanic you can trust.

Automotive Rims and Wheel Replacement at Al Smith CDJR

When you need advice on whether you can get repairs, or you need automotive rims and wheel replacement, look no further than Al Smith Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Our expert service technicians will guide you to the right solution, helping you to find quality rims and wheels for your vehicle to keep you on the road in class and style.

Broken rims don't just lower your fuel economy-they can put you and other drivers on the road in danger. If you're driving the roads of Toledo, Bowling Green, or Napoleon and you notice the above symptoms, don't wait. Call our service center to schedule an appointment today.

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