Saturn Wheels Buyer’s Guide
- Just like your tires, your wheels have the same impact on your vehicle’s ride comfort, handling, and safety.
- There are several factors to consider when buying replacement wheels including bolt pattern, wheel size, offset and backspacing, load rating, and material (aluminum alloy or steel).
- CarParts.com offers replacement wheels for Saturn vehicles with prices ranging from $65 to $358.
Your Saturn wheels have the same impact on your vehicle’s ride comfort, handling, and safety as your tires. So if you are planning to replace your old ones, there are several things that you have to take into account. Read on before you make a decision.
Saturn car models have different bolt patterns. Some of them have five or four lugs for you to mount your wheel on. You have to make sure that the Saturn wheel that you will get has the same lug bolt patterns as your car’s axle. Otherwise, installation is impossible. There are some cases, though, where it’s possible to convert the bolt pattern with the use of adapters.
Upsizing your wheels is fun. But you have to consider its effect on the ride and handling characteristics of your vehicle. There are also state laws that impose limitations when it comes to modifying the wheels and tires, so going overboard is a no-no. To be on the safe side, never go beyond the largest wheel option for your Saturn car provided by the manufacturer. If you must, increase it only by an inch. It’s also important to note that bigger wheels and tires are generally more expensive than smaller-sized ones.
Offset and backspacing
Offset is the distance between the wheel’s mounting hub and centerline. Knowing the offset that your vehicle requires will prevent your new wheels from hitting the fender or the inner suspension components. Similar to offset, backspacing depends on the width of the wheels. Too much backspacing will put the wheel closer to the wheel well, which may cause the wheel to rub against the brakes or suspension.
Saturn cars are not exactly designed for heavy hauling. However, it still pays knowing that the load rating of your wheels will help keep you from overloading your vehicle, which can cause severe damage to your wheels and tires.
Aluminum alloy vs steel Saturn wheels
When it comes to performance and looks, aluminum alloy wheels have the edge over steel wheels. Alloy wheels have a lighter frame, which allows for faster acceleration and causes less strain on the vehicle’s suspension. They also have a wide variety of designs, customization options, and advanced styling. The Achilles’ heel of alloy wheels, however, is durability. Compared to steel wheels, they are easier to bend or crack.
Steel wheels, on the other hand, are not only tougher but also cheaper. The extra weight that they have can be handy during the winter months, preventing your vehicle from slipping on a wet or icy road.
How much does a Saturn wheel cost?
Replacement wheels for Saturn vehicles at CarParts.com have prices ranging from $65 to $358. They are sold individually or in sets of two or four with a black or silver finish. Use our vehicle selector to make it easier for you to find the right part. If you own a Saturn Ion for example, you can plug in its year, make, and model in the vehicle selector to get search results for a replacement Saturn Ion wheel.