Thursday, October 11, 2018

What Are the Different Types of Lug Nuts?


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You have probably heard of lug nuts or lug bolts before. But you may not be sure exactly what they do. Lug nuts are the hardware that secures your wheels to your car. Without lug nuts or lug bolts, your wheels would fall off.  Just like any other part of your car, there are different types of lug nuts and lug bolts. If you do not have the correct lug nut, then your wheel will not stay securely on.


Lug Nut Types 

There are several different types of lug nuts. The big difference from one to the next is the shape of the lug nut. Here are some of the basic types of lug nuts.
  • Conical or Tapered Seat: cone-shaped lug seat 
  • Spherical or Ball Seat: rounded lug seat 
  • Mag Seat: extended thread area and a flat washer seat
  • Flat Seat: flat, washer-like seat
  • Extended Thread: conical-shaped seat with extended thread for more engagement 
  • Tuner Style: small diameter using a special key on the outside end with a conical seat 
  • Small Diameter Spline Drive: small diameter using a special key on the spline grooves with conical seat 

What Are the Different Sizes of Lug Nuts? 

Besides the different types of lug nuts, there are also different sizes. It is important to know the size of your lug nut to ensure proper fitting. Here are the different sizes of lug nuts.

  • 10mm x 1.25
  • 12mm x 1.25 
  • 12mm x 1.50 
  • 12mm x 1.75
  • 14mm x 1.25 
  • 14mm x 1.5 
  • 14 mm x 2.0 
  • 7/16" x 20 
  • 1/2" x 20 
  • 9/16" x 18

Determining the Right Type of Lug Nut 

Now that you know there are different types and sizes of lug nuts, you are probably wondering how to know which one you need. There are five different things you need to know in order to determine the correct lug nut for your car.
  • Thread Size: You can determine this either by using a thread pitch gauge (available at local hardware stores) or take your current bolt to your local auto store and spin it on the bolts they have available.  
  • Thread Pitch: The distance between each thread 
  • Seat Type: This refers to where the lug nut actually makes contact with the wheel surface. The most common are acorn/tapered seat, a flat seat, or a ball seat. 
  • Length/Dimension: This refers to the dimension of your lug nut. It is important to confirm the dimension to ensure a proper fit. 
  • Finish/Color: This is all about personal preference. 
Looking at these five features will help you pick out the correct lug nut for your car.

Buy New Lug Nuts

Lug nuts are an important part of making your wheels stay on. Without lug nuts, your wheels would fall off.  To ensure the best fit, you need to get the right size and type of lug nuts. EZ Accessory offers all different sizes and types of lug nuts. Explore our selection today. We will make sure you have the right fit.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How Does a Tie Rod End Help My Car?

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There are many different parts to your car that help it steer smoothly. One of those parts is a tie rod. You may think you need a new tie rod, or maybe your mechanic has finally convinced you that a new tie rod is necessary. Before having it replaced, you want to understand exactly what a tie rod is, how it helps your car run, and how to determine if your tie rod is really going bad or not. Here is a look at everything you need to know about a tie rod end.

What Is a Tie Rod?

A tie rod connects the steering rack to the steering knuckle on each wheel. It consists of an inner end and an outer end. Between the inner and outer tie rod ends is an adjusting sleeve. When you turn the steering wheel, the sleeve transmits that direction of movement through the various steering components until it reaches the tie rods. When the movement reaches the tie rod ends, they push or pull the wheel and make the wheels turn in the right direction. Tie rods play a huge role in the overall safety of your car since turning is an important part of car safety.

A tie rod usually has a round end and has a thread bolt perpendicular to it that is inserted into the knuckle. There are bearings within the rounded end that allow the bolts to pivot freely.  This end usually has a cover to keep the dirt out. While looking at the tie rod end from the outside, it may seem simple. However, every part of the tie rod end being tight is crucial for steering.

How to Tell if Your Tie Rod is Failing or Bad 

Your tie rod end usually does not fail overnight. There are signs that your tie rod is starting to fail. Here are some signals that there is a problem with your tie rod.
  • Uneven tire wear: If you look at your front tires and notice the inside or outside of the tread wearing more quickly than the rest, then that can be a sign your wheel camber is incorrect. 
  • Squealing from the front when turning: If you notice a brief high pitch sound coming from the front of your car when you are turning, then your ball joint could be bad. 
  • Loose steering: It may seem like your steering is not connecting with the movement of your tires.
If your car goes has one or more of these signs, then your tire rod could be failing. Checking your tire rod easy. You will need to jack up the front of your car until the front wheels are no longer on the ground. Once the wheel is completely off the ground, you will want to check for play or looseness. To check for play in your wheels, simply place your hands at nine o'clock and three o'clock. While your hands are in this position, simply push and pull on your wheel. If you are able to wiggle the wheel, you will want to have it looked at.

Replace Your Tie Rod End 

If you believe you have a bad tie rod end, don't wait. Driving on a bad tie rod can lead to an unnecessary accident. Find your new tie rod at EZ Accessory.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How Do Lug Bolts Help My Car?

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The wheels of your car allow you to get from point A to point B. However, while not very common, you may have experience with your wheels falling off. What makes this happen? Or a better question may be what fastens your wheels to your car? The answer to that question is a lug bolt. While a lug bolt is small in size, it has the job of keeping the wheels attached to your car. Here are a few important things you should know about lug bolts.

Design

You have probably seen a lug bolt on your wheel, but you might not have known what it was. The lug bolt is a bolt with one rounded or conical end. All lug bolts on a wheel form a set. The set secures the wheel to the threaded wheel stud which is attached to the car's axle. A lug bolt's conical shape is what allows the wheel to center accurately on the axle and reduce the likelihood of the lug loosening. There are many different shapes of lug bolts. Aftermarket and forged rims usually require specific lugs to match their mounting holes. Many times it is required to get new lugs when having new rims put on.

Loose Lug Bolt

It is important to know when you have a loose lug bolt.  Since the main job of a lug is to hold the wheel onto the car, if the wheel does not seem snug to the car, then you may have a loose lug.  Another common issue is the torque is not tight enough. To test the torque, take a torque wrench and try to tighten the lugs. If the lugs are as tight as they can go, then you do not have a loose lug.

Installing Lug Bolts

When you install lug bolts, it is usually in an alternating pattern, commonly known as a star pattern. The star pattern ensures the weight is evenly distributed across the wheel mounting surface. You can use a lug, socket, or impact wrench to start tightening the lug, but for best results, you should do the final tightening with a torque wrench. Using a torque wrench ensures the weight is evenly distributed. The torque varies by car, and wheel manufacturers specify what type of torque is required. It is best to consult these guidelines when installing a lug.

Replace Your Lugs 

You may take your lugs for granted because you weren't really sure what they were. While lug bolts may be small, they play an important role in your car. Without lug bolts, your wheels would not stay on your car properly. The last thing you want is bad or loose lugs. Never hesitate to replace lug bolts when there is a problem with them. For all of your new lug bolt needs contact EZ Accessory. We offer many different types of lug bolts. Check out our selection here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Why Are Lug-centric and Hub-centric Fitment Important for Wheel Adapters?


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Are you considering adding bigger tires to your car? The best way to install bigger wheels to your car is using a wheel adapter. A wheel adapter fits over your car's holding bracket to add extra space between the wheel and wheel hub assembly. Before going and buying any old wheel adapter, you need to know if your car has hub-centric wheels or lug-centric wheels. Knowing the type of wheel is important and will help you determine what type of wheel adapter to buy.

Hub-centric Wheels 


Hub-centric wheels are the most accurately centered wheels. If you have hub-centric wheels, then the hub center bore of the wheel is a perfect fit to the car. Hub-centric fitment allows the wheels to be centered to the car's hub. Most original wheels are hub-centric because car manufacturers make specific wheels for each car.

Lug-centric Wheels 


You will find lug-centric wheels on aftermarket cars. Most new cars do not have lug-centric wheels. Lug-centric fitment is common on aftermarket cars because this gives tire manufactures the ability to make bigger hub bore diameters so the tire can fit a wider range of cars. A lug-centric wheel is centered on its mounting surface by the lug holes. The center bore is larger because a smaller center bore would not be safe.

How to Determine What Type You Have 


As stated above, you need to know if you have hub-centric or lug-centric wheels in order to pick out the correct wheel adapter. But, how do you know what one you have? The easiest and quickest way to figure out which design you have is to look at the hub and the wheel assembly. If you look and see that the hole in the center fits snug against the hub, then you have a hub-centric wheel. If there is a gap between the hole and the hub, then it is lug-centric.

Why the Wheel Design is Important 


Knowing the difference between hub-centric and lug-centric is important when it comes to wheel adapters because of balance. If you want a more well-balanced car and less stress on your overall car, then choosing hub-centric wheel adapters would be best. If you want a little more movement in your car, then hub-centric wheel adapters are what you want.


Buy Your Wheel Adapters


Before you go out and buy any old wheel adapter, you need to gather information on your current vehicle. This includes determining if your wheels are hub-centric or lug-centric.  Knowing this information will allow you to pick the perfect wheel adapter. If you are ready to add bigger tires to your car, then it is time to buy your wheel adapters. For the perfect wheel adapter, either hub-centric or lug-centric, contact EZ Accessory. Check out our options here.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How Do I Know What Size Hubcap I Need?




Your hubcap has fallen off. You think it should be an easy fix. All you need to do is measure the wheel to determine the size of your hubcap. You start to shop around and find out that the sizes listed are not at all what you measured. Just like some other things when it comes to fixing your car, figuring out the hubcap size is not as easy as you think. You might even start thinking it would be easier to just go without a hubcap. So, why exactly do you need a hubcap, and how do you determine the right size?


What Is a Hubcap? 


A hubcap is a decorative disk on your car's wheel. This decorative disk covers at least the center portion of your wheel, which is referred to as the hub. The hubcap covers the wheel hub and wheel fasteners to reduce accumulation of dirt and oil. Hubcaps are the small covers at the center of the wheel, while the wheel cover is a decorative plastic or metal disk that snaps or bolts onto and covers the entire face of the wheel. If your car has alloy wheels or styled steel wheels, then you will need smaller hubcaps, usually called center caps.


Determining Hubcap Size 


Determining the hubcap size is not as easy as just pulling out a tape measure. However, if you know what to look for on your wheel, then it is easy to determine the right hubcap size. The hubcap size relates to the tire size of your car.  To determine the hubcap size, you will need to look on the side of your tires. On the side of your tires, you will find a series of numbers. This series of numbers should end in R14, R15, R16, etc. The end number tells you what size hubcap you need. For example, if the final number is R16, then you will need a size 16 hubcap.


Why You Need a Hubcap 


Just like any part of a car, the hubcap serves an important role. It is not just for decoration. As stated above, the hubcap covers the center of the wheel and keeps out dust and oil.  Depending on where you live, the road conditions could damage your wheels if you do not have a hubcap. If too much dirt, oil, and dust get into your wheels, then it affects the overall performance of your car.  Having a hubcap also ensures a longer life for your wheels. Dirt and oil can break down your wheels causing you to have to replace your wheels more frequently.


Replace Your Hubcaps


Hubcaps are an important part of your car. If you think you have one that needs to be replaced then don't waste time. The longer you wait, the more damage can be done. You now know how to determine the size of a hubcap so what is stopping you from getting a new one? If you are ready to extend the life of your wheels with a new hubcap then contact EZ Accessory. We have all the hubcap sizes that you need. Check out our hubcap selection here.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

How Do I Know If I Need a New Idler Arm?



Have you been having steering issues with your car? There are a number of concerns that can cause problems with your steering. However, a bad idler arm is the most common cause of steering issues. The first thing you will want to know before figuring out if your idler arm is malfunctioning is to understand the role the idler arm plays.

What is the Idler Arm? 


The idler arm is a part of your car's parallelogram steering system.  It is one of the three pieces that fit between four tie rods that make up the parallelogram shape. It's important to note that most cars are made of the parallelogram steering system. Therefore, some cars have two idler arms instead of one. This is crucial information when diagnosing symptoms. The idler arm is actually the reflection of the pitman arm. The pitman arm attaches to the steering gear and transfers motion to the center link, tie rods, and front wheels.  The idler arm reflects this same motion only on the passenger side.  Understanding how the idler arm works will allow you to determine if you need a new one or not. Here are a few things that indicate your idler arm is going bad.


1. Road Walking 


Road walking feels very similar to needing an alignment. If you feel your car is weaving back and forth on its own, then it may be due to road walking. To know for sure if your vehicle is road walking, be very attentive at keeping your car straight. If it still weaves back and forth on its own, then you are dealing with road walking. This is also a sign that your idler arm is malfunctioning.

2.  Play In the Wheel 


Using this test if you think your idler arm is going out is easier and safer than testing for road walking. While your car is in park try to move the steering wheel back and forth. If you can move your steering wheel easily, then you have a lot of play in your wheel. While you want some movement in your steering wheel, too much means there is a problem with your idler arm.

3. Free Wheeling 


Freewheeling is not a test you can do yourself. When you test for freewheeling, your car needs to be raised. Once you lift your vehicle, you will want to go the front tires and try and move them from side to side. If your wheels do shift back and forth, it is a sign the idler arm is going bad.


Replace Your Idler Arm 


Testing and replacing your idler arm is simple and does not always require a mechanic. If you think your idler arm is going out based on the tips above, then it is time to replace it. It is cheaper to replace the idler arm yourself if you can. The first step to replacing your idler arm is purchasing a new one. At EZ Accessory, we have the idler arm you need to make your car drive smoothly again. Here is all the idler arm we offer.



Monday, July 30, 2018

What Is a Valve Stem?


Your car's tires are crucial to your car's safety and how it performs and handles. Tires are made up of several elements that enable them to perform correctly. One of those elements is the valve stem. The valve stem is responsible for inflation and deflation. Without valve stems, your tires would not be able to have the right inflation levels. Installing a valve stem correctly will help maintain tire pressure and prolong the life of your tires. It is important to understand what the valve stem is and how it works so that you can tell when you might have a bad valve stem.

How Valve Stems Work

The main function of a valve stem is to maintain the right pressure in your tire. They do this using a combination of spring-loaded pin and the actual pressure inside the tire. When a pump head is placed on the spring it stops the air flow and inflates your tire. When the pump head is removed, the air flow comes out and your tire deflates. This allows you to maintain the pressure of your tires easily. All you have to do is place a tire gauge over the valve stem with the pump head off. The gauge will allow you to tell if the pressure in your tire is low or not. If your tire is losing inflation and there is no hole, then you may need a valve stem.

Types of Valves

Depending on the type of tire you have, the type of valve may differ. The tire valve is a small metal and wire tube that protrudes from the tire. The most common type is a Schrader valve. This type of valve is rubber with a metal tip which is threaded like a screw for the valve cap. Some high-end cars may have Presta valves. A Presta valve is made of metal and is thinner in diameter.

Types of Valves Stems

There are two different types of valve stems. The first is for tubeless tires. This type of valve stem is considered a separate element from the tire. Tubeless tire valve stems can wear independently of the tire. In some cases, replacing the valve stem is done separately. The second type is an inner tube valve. This type of valve stem is part of the inner tube and usually sticks out from the tire. No matter what type of valve stem you have, if taken care of properly, they should outlast the tire. However, it is recommended that the valve is replaced when the tire is.


Replace Your Valve Stem 

If you think your valve stem is not working correctly, you should not wait to replace it. Driving on a low or flat tire is not good for your car or the rim of your tire. You can take your car in to have the valve replaced. Or to save on money, you can install one yourself. To find the perfect valve stem at the best price choose EZ Accessories. Click here to see our selection.