Optimize the life of your wheels
Every tire needs the right wheel to ensure it functions properly. Proper maintenance is key to a great set of wheels. Your owner's manual is always the best resource for caring for every aspect of your vehicle, including the wheels.
Here are a few tips to help keep your wheels looking and performing great:
Winter is one of the worst times for wheels because of things like road salt along with curbs and potholes that may be hidden beneath winter conditions. The best option may be to have a second set of wheels for your winter. Belle Tire will even clean and store your all-season tires and wheels to ensure they don't become damaged. Our convenient, easy-storing system places them in a secure, climate-controlled location until you need them again the following season.
Steel wheels may be a better option in the winter because they are less expensive. Also, they are much heavier which may affect the perceived center of gravity and may be helpful in winter conditions.
Watch the way you wash
Using automatic car washes can be tricky when it comes to your wheels. Many of them use acid cleaners before or during the wash, and they can be very damaging to your wheels. Steel brushes can also be very damaging to your finishes. In addition, be wary of steam cleaning. Your owner's manual was created to provide you with the information you need to maximize your investment. Don't be afraid to use it.
Curbs cause more damage to your wheels than any other manmade or natural element, and curb rash is the biggest problem for drivers. Many of today's wheel designs have spokes or edges that stick out and make it easy for a curb to become your wheel's ultimate culprit. One great way to avoid this from happening to your wheels is to try to seamlessly parallel park your car.
Protect your wheels from theft
American-made McGard Wheel Locks provide 24-hour theft protection for your wheels and tires. The unique one-piece wheel lock functions like an existing lug nut but requires a special key (tool) for removal.
McGard Wheel Locks are strong, safe, durable and don't rust. Plus they are easy to use, while providing a high level of wheel and tire security that meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) standards for safety and durability. Find a full line of McGard Wheel Locks, including locks for spare tire and tailgate mounted spares for light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles at your local Belle Tire.