Fuel economy and performance suffer when rims are upsized (plus-sizing) because heavier rims weigh more. Car and Driver measured a 10-percent decrease in fuel economy and a 4-percent decrease in performance when it tested 19-inch tires compared to 15-inch tires on a Volkswagen Golf.
Plus-sizing is commonly done to improve a car's handling and appearance. Benefits of plus-sizing include improved cornering ability, better braking, a more comfortable steering feel and a smoother ride. Consult the manufacturer for the best performing rim and tire size combinations for your vehicle. Tires are typically downsized for winter driving because narrow tires tend to perform better on snow and ice.Learn More
Remove rust from chrome rims by cleaning the rims before rubbing them with steel wool and scrubbing them with a wire brush. Then, apply a protective coating to the rims. The process requires soap and water, a wire brush, towels, rubbing alcohol, fine-grade steel wool, medium-grade steel wool, a chemical rust remover and a rust-proof coating. Rust removal can be accomplished in under an hour.Full Answer >
The difference between 14- and 15-inch wheel rims may seem to be only an inch of variance in diameter, but this difference can have an impact on the overall performance of the vehicle. The rim size determines the size of tires that can be used on the vehicle and how that vehicle performs based upon rim-related factors including height and handling.Full Answer >
Symptoms and risks of driving on bent rims range from increased vibration (especially at higher speeds) to tire damage resulting in a flat tire. If a bent tire rim is suspected, it is important to get the rim inspected by a mechanic as soon as possible.Full Answer >
According to Consumer Reports, the most fuel-efficient SUV as of October 2014 is the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. This vehicle gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway for a combined rating of 28 miles per gallon.Full Answer >