As important as the maintenance of our tires is the care of the rims on which the wheels are mounted. With these little tips it will be easier for you to know exactly what to do and make the most of your wheels and tires, gaining safety and image for your vehicle.
When we roll on the road with our vehicle, the tire is the part that maintains contact with the ground. However, not all running-in has to do with the tire, the rim on which it is mounted is also of considerable importance. A rim that holds the tire in place and that connects directly to the driveshaft, which is why it is responsible for sending the force from the engine to the tires. A task important enough that we spend some time taking proper care of them, in the same way that you spent time looking for the best tires for your car.
As with the tires, the rotation process is also important for the rims, since it helps to gradually eliminate the possible defects created by the suspension in the behavior of the rolling assembly. So if we rotate our tires we will also take better care of our tires and their structure.
Regarding the rotation process, this depends on the type of vehicles we have. If the vehicle is front-wheel drive and has directional tires, this means that the front wheels will be placed in the same position as the rear wheels and vice versa. In case we talk about a four-wheel drive vehicle, without steer wheels, the rotation process is twofold. First we will cross the wheels in X, so that the left front tire goes to the right rear position, while the left rear tire goes to the right front. In the next cycle we will rotate the tires and rims directly from front to back, in the conventional way.
The last question about tire rotation has to do with the frequency of the rotations. This frequency is variable, depending on the type of use we give the vehicle. However, as a general guideline, for a majority use on the road, highway and highway, it is recommended that the rotation of wheels and tires be carried out every 10,000 kilometers approximately.
The importance of a good balance
Another fundamental aspect for your tires to last longer in good condition and take proper care of the tires has to do with balancing. Since the tire and rim assembly is not an element designed together under a precise technology, when the assembly rolls on the road, oscillations derived from this manufacturing system occur. Some oscillations that affect the way we drive, and can even deteriorate the rest of the elements of our car, such as the suspensions or the axles, in case the oscillations are large.
To avoid these problems, whenever we change tires we must balance the rims. The process is carried out with the rim and tire properly mounted and inflated, in the same way as the whole would roll on the vehicle. This assembly is mounted on the balancing machine, which indicates the weights that must be placed in order for the tire and rim set to roll correctly level.
However, these weights may come off with use. Something that can be due to potholes, the heat that deteriorates the adhesives of the weights for alloy wheels, or a curb or bump, which releases any of the weights from the sides. This will be felt directly in driving, with issues such as vibrations and other annoyance. For this reason, it is advisable that, in each rotation, the tires are balanced. A measure that guarantees greater safety during the route and also better health for our tires.
One of the main problems that rims have, both alloy and conventional, are knocks. A curb that we are approaching with more speed than it should, a poorly made soundtrack as almost all are usually, or a pothole in the road can be causes of deterioration in the tires.
This deterioration can be merely cosmetic … but it can also be a problem if it affects the outer area of the rim. In this case, it is possible that the deterioration of the rim on the outside of the rim can cause a catastrophic loss of air in the tire, as it is not able to withstand the tightness that current tires require.
So in addition to being careful when driving, to avoid this type of bump, it is also essential to check the possible damage to the rims on the outside. The problem is that if our tires deteriorate, we will surely need to seek professional help to repair them. Something that is essential in alloy or aluminum wheels, since metal or iron can still be fixed with an accurate hammer, as long as we know how to hit it.
Beyond the general care of these types of elements, keeping our tires looking better is also another of the tasks we must do. For this, it is important that when we clean our car we use specific products for rims, such as cleaners that have been specifically designed for this part of the vehicle.
The problem arises when the tires are scratched or rubbed. It is true that these types of problems can be solved, but it is not a simple process. Without going into too much detail, the scratched tire repair process requires an initial sanding process to properly match the finish and material. Once the rim has been sanded and any existing defects corrected, it will be time to paint it with a specific product for these products. Do not forget to lacquer the paint, as a final step, so that it has adequate resistance. By the way, although it is mainly aesthetic, a deep scratch that is not repaired correctly can end up causing the presence of rust in the material, or affecting the structural unit of the rim.