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Spray-On Wheel Cleaners Spray-On Wheel Cleaners
Wheels make the loudest visual statement about a car. Rock stars and pro “ballers” aren’t the only ones who know that huge, shiny rims personalize a ride more than any other single component. But as wheels get taller, they become larger targets for brake dust and road grime…
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Servicing Wheel Bearings Servicing Wheel Bearings
Re-packing wheel bearings isn’t nearly as bad as getting a lower GI, but it isn’t most people’s idea of a good time either. Bearings make the wheels go ’round and ’round, and lack of lubrication will cause their rollers to whine. To expound on the old cliché, if the squeaky...
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Plus Sizing Rims Plus Sizing Rims
Imelda Marcos isn’t the only one who knows that fashion begins at the ground and works its way upward. The automotive equivalent of Imelda’s obsession is “plus-sizing,” the practice of upgrading to tires that take taller-than-stock wheels. In culinary terms, the diameter of the...
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Optimizing Tire Pressure Optimizing Tire Pressure
About the only positive result from the current Ford/Firestone situation is that more people are now aware that proper tire inflation pressures can be crucial. Luckily, running the correct pressure is relatively easy—but how do you know what it is? That depends on a number of factors, including vehicle...
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Newly Tired Dually Newly Tired Dually
Ever notice how different makes of footwear vary slightly in fit, even if they’re both exactly the same size? That’s even truer when it comes time to replacing your tires. Recently we had to put some fresh rubber on a ’96 Dodge dually pickup, but found that we couldn’t just use...
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New Wheel Attire New Wheel Attire
No single vehicle modification is as popular or as immediate as changing your wheels and tires. It’s often the first thing people notice when they check out a customized ride—or the only thing that makes them notice it at all…
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Jack Safety Jack Safety
While the scissor jack in your trunk is fine for emergency wheel changes, when it comes time to working underneath your vehicle a floor jack and two or more sturdy jack stands are the tools for the job. A heavy-duty floor jack used in conjunction with jack stands will provide safe vehicle support. Never...
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Installing Tire Chains Installing Tire Chains
Tire chains can approximately double your vehicle’s starting and stopping traction on snow and ice. For this reason, many states that have mountainous roads require chains to be installed during low-traction conditions. (Chains are illegal in some states because of the damage they can inflict...
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Inspect, Replace and Repack Wheel Bearings Inspect, Replace and Repack Wheel Bearings
Every wheel on every vehicle spins around thanks to smaller wheel bearings. The bearings themselves contain rollers that spin around inside a cage to bear the load of the vehicle on the axles. The rollers are often tapered, or angled, against the cones in which they spin in order to handle the immense...
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Inexpensive Wheel Upgrade Inexpensive Wheel Upgrade
Not long ago 16- and 17-inch tall wheels were found only on exotic cars. Today, minivans have 17s as standard equipment. Also, many spend thousands to replace perfectly good 16s and 17s with 18-, 19-, 20-inch and taller wheels. This expensive trend has spawned a cottage financial industry to loan money...
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