Caring for your alloy wheels

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An Audi R8 with aftermarket alloy aluminium wheels (The Car Expert)

Alloy wheels are a significant investment for your vehicle, so it’s very important to take good care of them.  First Aid Wheels has provided us with this handy infographic highlighting the benefits of alloy wheels to your car. It also describes the type of damage they can sustain in everyday driving, such as cracking and kerbing, and how alloy wheels are repaired.

An alloy wheel is generally much stronger and lighter than a steel one, but it is less malleable. This means that it won’t deform like a steel wheel, but it is more likely to crack or buckle completely in a significant impact (such as bouncing off a kerb or pothole).

This is a particular issue for large wheels and low-profile tyres, where the tyre is not able to absorb the impact. As automotive fashion dictates ever-larger rims and ever-lower tyre profiles, this is becoming a growing problem.

Brake dust is also extremely corrosive, and can eat away at the surface of your alloys. This can be difficult and expensive to fix properly, so it is important to keep your wheels clean.

Caring for your alloys wheels and why it's important (The Car Expert)

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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

1 Comment

  1. There are some interesting facts there. I have alloy wheels on my driving school car because they come as standard but it’s not long before they get scuffed by learners scraping the kerb. I do my best to stop it but it’s going to happen sooner or later. Steel wheels can be good in snow I read because they add to the unsprung weight of the car and give better grip and steering control.

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