Every wheel turns to reach a goal and every wheel-turn accounts to a destination. A wheel is as important as any performance part of a vehicle. Its quality and material, its look and style, its durability and performance, its absence or existence, much about it is just so valuable. And a car that possesses great reputation deserves nothing but premium wheels.
Wheels don't merely serve in bringing you to places you want. It affects handling as well as drivability. Thus exact dimensions and right materials are always necessary. Ford is a popular car brand that has existed for very long years already and has earned respect in the industry over its years of producing vehicles. When you speak of Ford in any country across the horizon, peoples would know it's a car that implies a sense of dominion over roads. Ford wheels are designed by expert hands, engineered through Ford's latest automotive technology, and tested meticulously for the satisfying result. With the Ford wheels provided for each Ford, remarkable performance is continuously making history for it.
Ford wheels come in variety of styles and different capabilities, Ford Truck wheels, Ford Focus wheels, Ford Ranger wheels, Ford Mustang wheels, Ford Explorer wheels, Ford Expedition wheels, Ford Lightning wheels, Ford Probe wheels, Ford F150 wheels, whether OEM Ford wheels, custom Ford wheels, or even used Ford wheels. Wheels have two different categories, the stamped sheet metal and the machines casting. Mass-produced are the steel wheels, making them the commonly used wheels because of cheaper prices and due to adequacy for different functions. Machine casting on the other hand include cast alloy wheel. These are wheels that are lighter, more rigid. Considering its ability to reduce amount of unsprung weight, and dissipate heat better, allowing them to hold higher tire and brake temperatures make this kind of wheel more expensive than the latter.
In the market, Ford wheels are offered in different deals. But with replacing a wheel, many things are needed to be considered. First, it is not advisable to replace original Ford wheels with Ford wheels that have smaller diameters. Second, if you decided to mount a larger wheel, you'll have to match it with low profile tires in order to retain the original tire diameter. Another, when choosing a new wheel, its width should conform its tire's treads in order to make vertical tire sidewalls for the result of perfect tire support and extended tread life. You should also keep in mind that proper offset and backspacing are aspects you need to consider in choosing wheels. If you are not knowledgeable enough with the intricacies of right wheels choice, ask for the dealers help.
Closer Look at Ford Wheel
Close to the ground and often taking the brunt of road debris and salt contaminated winter slush, your Ford wheels endure a lot of punishment through the years, which is exactly why they are likely to look worn and tired long before the rest of your vehicle does. While this can be merely disturbing, perhaps a little depressing, as long as it remains a cosmetic problem, if it progresses beyond the cosmetic to the structural, then you have a situation that you'll need to deal with. The structural problem that you have to be on the watch for is rust. After your Ford wheels have been repeatedly assaulted by rocks, gravel and a variety of other types of road debris, it is possible for the surface to be compromised by tiny fissures, nicks and dings. That leaves your Ford wheels vulnerable to rust and that caustic winter salt isn't going to help matters any. Once rust gets a start at eating away your Ford wheels, it's all down hill from there. However, there is one bright spot ' we carry an excellent selection of Ford wheels, all at reasonable prices, making it affordable to replace your old ones with a shiny new set. You may even take the opportunity to choose from our many exciting custom look options, giving your vehicle a whole new look, too. If you need just one wheel, due to an unfortunate driving incident, you'll find that we have a broad selection of original look styles, and even have replicas of some of the harder to find Ford wheels. You can order your affordable Ford wheels via our secure site or with a fast toll-free phone call.
Changing a Ford Wheel
You can change the tire/wheel of your vehicle in just minutes. Anyone who drives a car should at least know how to do this, so in case the tire suddenly blows out or the wheel has to be changed, the driver can just take the spare tire/wheel out and fix it without waiting for a mechanic. This will get you back on the road in no time. Here's how you can change the Ford wheel and tire:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- New tire/wheel
- Jack stands
- Power wrench
- Four-way wrench or a socket on a breaker bar
- Anti-seize compound
Removing the old tire/wheel
Remove the old wheel/tire by breaking the lug nuts or bolts loose. Do this before you raise the vehicle off the ground. A power wrench may be used for the wheel hardware. However, this won't be the best tool for torqueing the lug nut hardware. A four-way wrench or a socket on a breaker bar can be used to undo the lugs. Once this is out of the way, lift the vehicle using a jack and support it with the stands. You can now pull out the old tire/wheel.
Checking the fit of the wheel
Test-fit the wheel. If you just got the new wheel, test-fitting is crucial before mounting the tires.
Note: It will also be the best time to inspect the lug studs or wheel bolts as you loosen and tighten them. In case there's resistance or you notice some roughness as you remove the wheel, this must be corrected before installing the wheel. Some would recommend using taps and thread repair kits. Rust and dirt on the mounting surface f brake rotors and drums must also be removed. The wheel must be fit flush against the hubs. Refer to the vehicle manual to guide you through the brake design and other wheel specs you need to know as you work on them.
The fit of the wheel must be checked onto the hub. A centering ring may be used on some wheel applications to ensure its proper fit onto the hub. See to it that the wheel's bolt circle will line with that of the vehicle. The wheel and the hub's mating surface must make full contact.
To make sure that the lug or bolt thread sizes are correct or match, attach the lug nuts or bolts even without the wheel. Check if there's resistance and make sure that the threads aren't clogged or dirt-filled. The lug nuts or bolts should be turned by hand. Once tight, that's the time when you should use a four-way wrench or socket on a breaker bar to seal them. If they can't be turned by hand, then this means that something is wrong.
Note: There could be a difference in thickness between an alloy wheel and the OE wheel. You must check if the lug nuts or bolts engage the threads.
To determine the disc brake caliper clearance, install the wheel temporarily, sealing them in with the lug nuts or bolts. Usually, you must have a minimum of 3-4 mm clearance in-between. Check the chart or manual to ensure proper clearance between the wheel and the brakes. With the car in neutral, turn the wheel by hand to see if the disc brake caliper's outer edge won't rub against the rim's inside or if the caliper's side won't be in contact with wheel's backside.
After the test fit, you have to pull out the wheel so that you can apply some anti-seize compound around the axle hubs for rust protection and easier removal of the tire/wheel. Be sure not to coat the lug hardware or studs with this compound.
Installing the wheel
Set the wheel in place and lock it in with the lug nuts or bolts. Using a torque wrench, tighten the lug nuts or bolts in a crisscross sequence. Follow the required torque specs.
Tips and warnings
- If you over-tighten the wheel, the lug nut can be stripped off, the wheel stud may stretch or break, and the brake rotor or drum can be distorted.
- After a new wheel is installed, the lug hardware or bolts must be re-torqued after 50 to 100 miles as the wheel may compress slightly as you break it in, letting the lugs or bolts become a bit loose.