David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/18/22 11:28 a.m.

You probably love the wheels on your car. But are they safe?

Yes. No. Maybe?

Wheels, like any other object made of metal, have a finite lifespan. They could get crushed on the assembly line or crumble into dust after centuries in storage. 

More realistically, they’ll eventually succum…

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/10/23 11:53 a.m.

While you're inspecting your wheels, don't forget about your tires, too. Even if they still have plenty of tread, are they still safe? Our own testing shows that old tires aren't as safe as you might think....

 

SteveFields
SteveFields New Reader
10/24/23 12:32 p.m.

Wheels can be bad without any visible signs of damage. Happened to two original steel wheels on my 1967 Alfa GTV. Repeated attempts to balance the wheels with the tires on failed. The tire shop spun the wheels with no tires, and they were obviously "out of round". Again with no visable sign of damage. Metal fatigue from 50+ years of driving...

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/24/23 1:50 p.m.

In reply to SteveFields :

Our wheels do take a beating....

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