The wheels and tires are your only connection, your legs on the road. Understanding the basics of your Volvo wheels and tires and equipping the right tires will help you to go faster and further in your journey. Your wheels and tires effects ride comfort, braking, safety and even fuel efficiency of your car. It may be just 4 wheels, but it can also enhance the aesthetic of your vehicle and show you the power you never know Volvo had.
Function Of Your Wheels And Tires
Your Volvo and all your passengers are supported by just these 4 wheels and these 4 wheels keeps your car moving effectively on the road. It also absorbs any shock on the road, such as potholes or dents in the ground or even the humps on the road. These wheels absorb the shock, giving you a more comfortable ride when seated in the vehicle. Of course, without the wheels, you are unable to maneuver or apply brakes when driving.
Most of the wheels are made of aluminum or steel; wheels made of steel are finished off with a plastic hubcap to emulate the look of a custom alloy wheel, alloy wheel have a shiny finish with a typical cast, power coated or forged and polished wheels. Some of the aluminum and steel wheels have a bright reflective coating as they are completed with a chrome finish.
Steel wheels are more economical compared to cast aluminum wheels. The price increases with the size of the wheels.
Tires are made from rubber molded around a nylon and steel belted core. Manufacturers include additives to effect the wet/dry traction, handling and ride quality. The secret to tire shopping is to find the best compromise of the factors for your vehicle and driving style, for instance, you may have to give up some ride quality for a tire that provides better handling.
The tire dimensions are also imprinted onto the side of the tire to help identify the size and type of tires. Understanding the dimensions and tires will also help you to know the speed and load capacity of your tires so that you avoid overloaded the vehicle, preventing it from excessive wear and tear. Understanding tire pressure will allow better fuel efficiency and maximizing the lifespan of your Volvo tires. You may find information of the tire pressure on the sticker that’s on the side of your vehicle’s door.
Common Issues Of Wheels And Tires
Some common issues that you may encounter pertaining to wheels and tires include flat tire, worn tires or bent rim. All these issues may arise from improper handling or maintenance of the car or simply due to wear and tear. It is essential that every car keeps a properly inflated spare tire on board the vehicle so that you may have it changed before heading to the workshop to have it repaired or replaced.
It takes only hitting a curb to bent the rims, while it may be more challenging fixing alloy wheels, it is necessary that you take the car to the workshop and evaluate the costs of repairing the wheel or buying a new wheel. If left unfixed, the bent rim may even cause the tire to leak air over time while driving.