What Is An Alloy Wheel?

What Is An Alloy Wheel?


– [Narrator] What is an alloy wheel? Alloy wheels are usually
comprised of a few different types of metals. Aluminum makes up the largest percentage. Hence the name aluminum alloy wheels. Alloy wheels are very versatile and can be cast into a large
variety of shapes and sizes. The biggest advantage of
alloy wheels is their weight. Aluminum is much lighter than steel. Which means each alloy wheel
is several pounds lighter than a steel wheel. Having lighter wheels
means that your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to spin them, which leads to better fuel consumption or more range if you have an electric car. Lighter wheels also mean you’ll
be putting down more power and there will be less wear
on suspension components. Another advantage of alloy
wheels is that they’re made of non-ferrous metals. This means that when exposed
to salt and road grime, they won’t rust. Aluminum can still oxidize though. So it’s still recommended
to keep your wheels clean so they stay looking brand new. While alloy wheels may not be as strong as their steel counterparts, good quality alloy wheels
should not have any issues when subjected to everyday use. Cost is another disadvantage
for alloy wheels as steel wheels are much cheaper, and in some cases, easier to find.

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