What Are the Benefits of Alloy Wheels?
Most motorists on the road today have probably heard about alloy wheels, but if you sat each one of them down and started grilling them on the subject, you’d quickly learn that they don’t know much – if anything – or even if their car has them fitted. We’re going to be remedying this today by taking a look at what alloy wheels are, why you want a set, and how to know if they’ve been damaged. Let’s get to it.
Why you need a set of alloy wheels
Here are the key benefits of alloy wheels, as we see them:
- Improved handling: unlike regular steel wheels, alloys consist of both magnesium and aluminium, a light and flexible combination of metals that affords your vehicle improved handling and stability.
- Better heat dissipation: alloy wheels are much better at dissipating heat than regular wheels, which greatly improves the performance of your brakes, and reduces the risk of them failing.
- Improved fuel economy: given that alloy wheels weigh considerably less than regular steel wheels, getting a whole set fitted can actually take a considerable chunk off your car’s weight which, in turn, will improve fuel economy.
- Protection against rust: not only is magnesium and aluminium a strong alloy, it’s also much less prone to rust than steel, meaning your wheels will fare much better against the elements.
- They look better: alloy wheels come in a much wider variety of styles, shapes and finishes, which is one of the main reasons why they’re so sought after.
How do alloy wheels get damaged?
While alloy wheels offer much better performance than steel wheels, they aren’t nearly as strong. This means that they’re much more prone to cracking and misalignment, particularly when trying to negotiate potholes and bumpy roads.
How to spot a problem with your alloy wheels
Given that alloy wheels aren’t the strongest, they tend to be more susceptible to chunk damage from potholes and kerb riding than just general wear and tear over time. With this in mind, if your wheels ever do take any significant impact, make sure that you check them immediately to see if they’ve buckled. If you can’t notice anything from a visual inspection, such as a tyre bulge, then here are three things to look out for while driving:
- You could well feel a strong vibration, either from the pedals, your steering wheel or, in some cases, both.
- Your suspension may feel much stiffer than usual, so look out for this when you’re driving over a speed bump.
- Your vehicle may pull over to one side while driving.
Get your alloys repaired in Northampton
If you’ve noticed that your alloy wheels do indeed need realigning, Tyres Northampton can help. Using the latest technology, our team will have you back on the road in no time. We can also offer you an alloy refurbishment service, if your wheels look like they need some general TLC.
Tyres Northampton are the largest independent supplier of tyres and exhausts in the region. Whether you’re looking for wheel alignment, an MOT or just a new set of tyres, our experienced team are more than up to the task. You can make an enquiry online using this handy form, or if you’d prefer, you can just give us a call.