Wheels and tires are basically important to every car, but in terms of appearance, they're probably one of the boring parts. You can have bigger or smaller tires, but other than that, there's not much you can do to make black rubber noticeable. But rims can be added to make your car stand out. Rims are basically the round metal rings on which the tire rides. It is usually one of the first things that people notice in a car. Most Chevy owners install rims to their cars to give it a different look and also to convert the original tire package into something that is trendy and stylish. An edgy, stylish, trendy set of rims will surely catch the attention of others. It will truly give your car a unique look that will have everyone staring.
Other car owners usually focus on other parts of the car, treating the rims almost as an afterthought. But for those Chevy aficionados that are into fashion and want the best for their cars, a new set of Chevy rims can make your vehicle look fantastic. There are dozens of more artistic rim designs that are made for your Chevy, ranging from flashy and outrageous to subtle and subdued. Aside from those, there are also various types of rims - a custom chrome rim for instance. Most custom chrome rims have that shiny, "brand new" appeal, and add an extra sparkle unlike any other car or truck accessory. The chrome rims selection is so vast and comprehensive that there will always be unique custom chrome designs available for every vehicle's style. However, not all chrome sets will suit every car perfectly. Some may look awful and some may look nice.
A rim spinner can also be added to your car if in case you're bored with your old rim and you want an exciting alternative but don't feel like replacing your wheels. Consider spinning rims or rim spinners - unlike regular rims, they won't just sit there; they spin independently, even if your car is at rest. It adds a new layer of motion reminding onlookers of your car's speed and power. There are intricate, simple, or bold designs ready to satisfy any driver's desire for unique road style. No matter what your forte is, there are likely to be Chevy rim sets to suit you. But remember, wheels serve an important function, so find the right Chevy rims for yourself.
How to Maintain Your Chevrolet Wheel Hub
When it comes to preventive maintenance, you should work hard with upkeep today to avoid even bigger problems tomorrow. This is certainly the case when it comes to the Chevrolet wheel hub. While the wheel bearing should support its share of your Chevy's weight it should also ensure perfect radial alignment with the axle. Once axle misalignment occurs, the rotor ends up pushing the caliper pistons into the bores, dragging out the pads. Also take note that the bearings of your hub wear only on the load-bearing side. With that said, here's how to properly maintain your wheel hub.
Cleanliness equals long life.
When repacking used or new wheel bearings, you should make use of manufacturer-specified, bearing-rated, and/or high-temperature grease. Ordinary lubricants aren't enough to provide you with the lube characteristics required for your wheel bearing's proper upkeep. New seals should be regularly installed as well to avoid moisture and dirt contamination that could ruin your new hub post-haste. When you're installing your new seal, the oil-sealing surface should be polished using fine emery or crocus cloth. Also, you shouldn't neglect lubricating the new oil seal prior to installation as well. If it's the ring gear bearing and drive axle pinion or manual transmission that's being replaced, the axle housing should be cleaned thoroughly with solvent and high-pressure soapy water.
Identify and fix wheel hub noises.
View hubs for pitting and damage. Your case-hardened metal hubs can develop pits as it fatigues and flakes away from the softer base metal. The pothole or pitting effect on the bearing race can cause a slight growling or knocking noise as the hub becomes progressively worse at what it is supposed to do. The difficulty in identifying pits and noises is that sealed wheel hubs used in modern 4WD and 2WD Chevrolet cars can develop a special kind of pit that only becomes apparent and noisy under certain driving conditions because it's located on the outer race. Like with cancer, early detection is essential so that you only need to replace your wheel hub and the damage is limited to them.
Check your wheel hub for signs of wear and tear.
If you wish to check your wheel hub and bearing for wear and tear without removing your wheels, then you should do the following steps. First, jack up your vehicle and support it on jack stands. Grasp each wheel at the top and bottom in order to rock it. If the hub is working properly, you should get minimal movement from it. Your hub might be worn altogether if your wheel is displaying too much movement, necessitating replacement at worst and adjustment at best. Afterwards, if your Chevy has an automatic transmission, you should put your gearshift to neutral. If it has manual transmission, take it out of gear. Rotate the wheel and check for noises. A damaged bearing will be noisy.
Do some hub adjustments.
Hubs have hollow axles you can flex slightly when the release is closed. Adjustments to your wheel hub bearing must account for this extra amount of pressure. When the hub isn't clamped tightly unto the frame, there's a slight amount of movement or play in your axle. You can make this play disappear by clamping the hub and wheel into frame. The wheel hub should ensure the drum's concentricity with the brake shoes even when it brakes as well. Axle movement can result in the brakes dragging and the axle lubricant leaking past the seals into the brake shoes.