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Wheel Safety & Maintenance

Learn about maintaining those expensive wheels in good condition; how to recognize the types of wheel finishes, and what cleaning products NOT to use on your wheels. Find out how best to avoid damaging your rims, and what to do if damage occurs anyway.

How to Not Damage Your Wheels
Wheel finishes can be quite fragile and vulnerable to all sorts of hazards. How to keep your nicely finished rims looking that nice.

Wheel Finishes: Paint
Most original equipment wheels are painted. Learn how to (and how not to) care for your painted wheels and what it takes to refinish them if they get damaged.

Wheel Finishes: Hypersilver
Hypersilver is a very complex paint process that uses a translucent metallic outer paint laid over a colored undercoat to give the wheels a deep inner glow.

Wheel Finishes: Polished
A primer on the various types of polished finishes out there; how they are created, how to care for them and how they can be repaired.

Wheel Finishes: Chrome
Chrome is a supermodel. All beauty on the surface, but a nasty personality underneath.

How to Not Damage Your Wheels Part 2: Structural Damage
How to avoid bending or cracking your expensive alloy wheels.

Diagnosing Wheel Vibration
Does your car shake at speed? How to tell if your car's vibration is coming from bent wheels or tires.

Wheel Straightening
An overview of technologies that allow bent aluminum alloy wheels to be straightened out.

Wheel Alignment Explained: What is Caster, Camber, Toe-in and Toe-out?
All of the elements that make your car go straight are called "alignment." Some shops try to make it seem like rocket science, but wheel alignment is a fairly straightforward affair.

Welding Wheels: To Bead or Not to Bead?
To weld, or not to weld, that is the question: Whether 'tis Nobler in the Wallet to suffer The outrageous cost of new Wheels, Or to take Arms against a Sea of potholes, And by Repairing, end them...

How to Keep An Installer From Damaging Your Wheels

Reconditioned Wheels
What's the deal with reconditioned wheels? There's a right way, a wrong way and a third way to go about it.

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