Monday, June 18, 2018

EZ Accessory - What is a Lug Nut? 

You’ve likely heard of lug nuts, but what exactly are they? Knowing the right type and size of lug nut for your vehicle is important to ensure that your wheels are installed properly. Here are some lug nut basics as well as information on installing and removing lug nuts.

What is a Lug Nut?

A lug nut or bolt is used to fasten a wheel to a vehicle. Any large vehicle, including cars, trucks, and heavy machinery, typically has lug nuts. Lug nuts are usually made of steel, aluminum, or an alloy. One end of a lug nut is round while the other end is tapered. Lug nuts screw into a car’s wheel connecting it to its axle. This allows for the lug nut to secure the wheel to the car.

Lug nuts come in many different shapes and sizes. Each lug nut is different to match a car’s wheel mount specifications. Lug nuts typically come in four different types. These types are cone seat, bulge cone seat, under hub cap, and spline drive.


Removing a Lug Nut

A lug nut can be removed with a socket wrench, lug nut wrench, or air wrench tool. If a wheel has a hubcap, it should be removed first using a screwdriver. If you’re removing the whole wheel and not just a lug nut, the wheel should be stabilized. First, lift the wheel from the ground using a jack. Next, use blocks to make sure the wheel remains stationary. Finally, use your wrench to alternate loosening and tightening until the lug nut has been removed.

Installing a Lug Nut

When installing a lug nut, you must go in an alternating pattern. Most people prefer installing lug nuts in a star pattern. Installing lug nuts this way ensures that the wheel’s weight is evenly distributed across its surface. We recommend turning the lug nut by hand for the first ten or so turns. Doing this prevents any cross threading, allowing the screw to go in straight. Afterwards, a torque wrench is the wrench we recommend for installing lug nuts. Although, a lug wrench, socket wrench, or air wrench tool also would work well. Always make sure you’ve tightened a lug nut as much as you can. Loose lug nuts can cause damage to your wheel or cause it to fall off.

When working with lug nuts always be sure you are using the correct size and type of nut. The wrong lug nut will not fit properly or secure your wheel. If you do not feel comfortable installing or removing lug nuts on your own, always consult a trained professional. If you are looking for lug nuts or have questions about the right lug nuts for your vehicle, contact EZ Accessory at sales@ezaccessory.com or 1-800-505-8758.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

How Do I Know if I Need a New Muffler

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Regardless of your knowledge of cars, you should know that a muffler is crucial. Your muffler operates as a sort of sound barrier. As a part of your car’s exhaust system, the muffler quiets the vehicle and is located at the rear. However, the real question is how do you know when you need a new one? There are three major warnings that you should keep an eye out for. These signs are the muffler’s sound, the amount of exhaust fumes, and gas mileage.

Muffler Noise


The first and most obvious sign that your muffler needs to be replaced is the sound that it makes. At first, it may be subtle, but you will hear a roaring noise that is coming from your engine. However, as the problem intensifies the sound will increase in volume. This means that the condition of your current muffler is worsening, and you should look to replace it before it causes further damage. This noise is typically the first warning sign that you will notice because the sound is quite obnoxious.

Exhaust Fumes


The next clue will affect your sense of smell. The volume of fumes emitted from your exhaust will tell you if your muffler needs replaced. The muffler works to limit the fumes that leak into the vehicle’s cabin area. You will begin to notice a more pungent fume smell from the inside of your car. This is another sign that you need a new muffler.

Gas Mileage


A final way to know that your muffler isn’t working properly is your gas mileage. The number of miles per gallon your vehicle usually gets will begin to steadily decrease. You will notice that you are making more frequent visits to the gas pump. Your car may be leaking fuel, which is also a safety hazard. If this is the case, you should purchase a new muffler as soon as possible.


All of these warnings signs will tell you if your car needs a new muffler. Driving around with a bad muffler is damaging to your vehicle and your personal and financial health. It is best to install a new muffler as soon as you notice any warning signs. This will limit the amount of damage caused to your vehicle by a faulty muffler.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Benefits of Wheel Spacers



                                            
                                              Photo by Joshua Adams on Unsplash

When purchasing a car, you want the best car that fits your needs. Whether you are looking for a luxury car or a simple everyday car, there are different aspects for you to consider. Besides looking at the interior and exterior features, you will also want to consider things such as performance, functionality, and engine performance. When it comes to performance, functionality, and performance, wheel spacers are the most crucial car accessory. Wheel spacers improve the performance and appearance of your car, which enhances the overall functionality. Before you run off and buy wheel spacers, you should know all the benefits that come with them.

Appearance and Look

Wheel spacers allow you to add unique wheels to your car. The wheels protrude outward, which gives your car a more sporty and stylish look. Some sports car can have wheel spacers installed into rims, which gives them a completely different look. When using wheel spacers, you can completely change the look and feel of your car to make it your own.

Improved Performance


Wheel spacers can improve the overall performance of your car. They are a key piece you need to improve your car's performance. If you take a look around, you will see many car manufacturers adding wheel spacers to their cars to improve the performance. While adding standard wheel spacers can improve the performance, adding custom wheel spacers can take your car's performance up a few more notches. That is why car lovers are always on the lookout for highly functional spacers.

Improve Incorrect Offset

While most of the time your car's offset is correct, there are some instances where it can be improved. If you are considering taking your car through rugged terrain, then it is a good idea to get wheel spacers installed. Wheel spacers provide a more stable driving experience both in daily and rugged terrain.  If you want more stability, then a custom wheel adapter is best.

Provide a Better Stance

You may come to find you want a better stance with your car when it comes to maneuvering, braking, and turning. A simple way to fix this is by increasing the wheelbase of your car.  Installing wheel adapters will allow for a wider wheelbase, which will give you a better stance. Wheel adapters are more cost-effective than getting a wider wheel.

Buy Your Wheel Spacers

Wheel spacers have many benefits to them. Not only do they allow you to make your car you own but your car handles better with them.  Wheel spacers are the answer you need if you want to change up the look or performance of your car. If you are looking for the right wheel adapter, then look no further than EZ Accessory We have many different standard options as well as custom wheel adapters. EZ Accessory makes it easy to find the perfect wheel spacers for your needs. For regular wheel spacers click here. Change up the look and feel of your car with wheel spacers.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wheel spacers: Pros and Cons

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Are you considering a new look for your vehicle? Wheel spacers are a great addition without a lot of work or money. Though they may be changing the configuration of the wheels, it is not a dangerous change. In some instances, it even improves the vehicle. Here are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase.

Cons


Whenever you augment a vehicle, whether by shocks or wheel adapters, you run the risk of safety issues. Many concerns revolve around the fact that you are changing the manufacture specifications of the vehicle. This, of course, can void whatever manufacturer warranty there may be associated with the vehicle. You should check with the warranty company first to determine any negative effects.

Pros


There may be some concerns with adding wheel adaptors and spacers to your car. The benefits far outweigh those concerns. Customization of your vehicle increases your satisfaction with the car. Enjoying the car you ride in every day is important to your happiness. If you find that enjoyment from altering the wheels of your car, that is an easy adjustment. Some spacers can increase performance in your vehicle by allowing for a wider tire to grip turns more efficiently. In some instances, the spacer moves the tire away from the body of the car giving the car a wider base and increasing performance. In other instances, that extra space in the wheel well is for different adjustments to the vehicle, like shocks or brake calipers.

Adding space between the vehicle and the tire may not seem like a huge deal, but it can be. There are many different issues to consider. Spacing out your tires can be a result of an aesthetic change, an increase in performance, or a desire to change the look of the car. In any situation, consider all of the options. Then give us a call to walk you through the easy steps of ordering. We are happy to answer any safety questions you may have when you call.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why You Need a Wheel Spacer

Wheel Spacers Photo by ArtisticOperations on Pixabay

Wheels are a central part of your vehicle. There is something about a new set of wheels that adds life and dimension to your favorite investment. The vehicle you drive should communicate something about you. You can make changes and adjustments to your vehicle to better achieve that persona. But the improvement that you want to make may not be standard to your vehicle, especially if you are looking to improve the wheels. Thankfully, wheel spacers are the perfect solution to this situation.

Create More Space

  
Wheel spacers help you create more space, where you need it. Below you'll find some of these instances that require wheel spacers: 
  • If you are interested in adding a new brake caliper to the look of your wheels, you may run into a situation where the brakes just do not fit the wheel well. 
  • Sometimes the wheels that you like are just too wide for the wheel area under the car. 
  • You may want to raise or lower the shock systems and need to make room for additional equipment in the wheel area of your vehicle. 
For the instances mentioned above, your wheels can be offset, allowing you to add or upgrade your equipment. The actual size of the spacer is very small, but the effect can be great inside the wheel well.

Customize Your Vehicle

 

Some people choose to add wheel spacers in order to customize the look of their vehicle. Wheels can be offset about 1/4 inch, making some look as though the wheels are flush with the side of the car. In some cases, the wheels will extend past the side of the vehicle. No matter which one occurs on your vehicle, it will create a wider base. Think about sports. If you create for yourself a wider base by moving your feet further apart, it makes you stronger. Wheels are similar. Creating that wider base makes your vehicle maneuver better through turns. It creates more surface area to hug the road. Making this improvement with wheel spacers customizes the look and feel of your vehicle.

There are plenty of things you can do to customize your vehicle. Wheel spacers are a safe and easy way to improve the look and performance. When they are built out of billet aluminum like ours, you can be sure you are getting a quality product. This is an easy adjustment to make for your prized possession

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What are Wheel Adapters Used For


Wheel adapters are devices, mounted to your vehicle, that allow you to update or change your rims. Most importantly, they are perfectly safe. They come in many different specifications and can even be custom made. However, they are not seen by the general public. This is because they usually sit behind and support the wheel and rims you are most impressed with. Without adapters, your wheels would never look as good as they do. The adapters make it possible to customize wheels for aesthetic or performance purposes.

The Looks


Have you ever found a set of wheels that you desperately wanted, only to discover they did not fit? Thankfully, the use and creation of wheel adapters have completely eradicated this problem. Now, you can mount whatever set of wheels you want to your favorite car. Moreover, with spacers and adapters, you can also alter the stance of the vehicle. In some cases it can make the vehicle look more aggressive. However, they can also make the vehicle more streamlined. Creating the look that you want for your automobile is easy and safe.

Performance


Wheels play a huge role in the performance of your vehicle. Making alterations to the vehicle to increase performance can sometimes lead to simple space issues. For example, upgrading to larger tires can lead to rubbing on the wheel well or suspension systems. This rubbing can damage the wheel, the car, and the performance. By adding an adapter or spacer, you can create space for the whee, ensuring that it operates correctly. 

Likewise, changing brake systems to different calipers can also cause space issues. By adding adapters, you include extra space in the wheel area. As a result, you can rest assured that the brake system will continue to work appropriately. 

Lastly, larger wheels create more surface area to hug the road. This can make turns tighter and more precise. But larger wheels often need more space in the wheel area. Spacers and adapters can move the wheel away from the well, out of the tight space or whichever direction makes performance possible.

Customizing your vehicle has never been easier. Our wheel adapters are made with aircraft grade billet aluminum, making them safe and strong. The value of the installation is very important, but the equipment is top notch. Whether you are looking to improve just the aesthetic value of your car or the actual performance of it, we have a huge variety of adapters to meet your needs.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Are Wheel Adapters Safe?

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When looking for a way to increase the appeal of your car, you may choose to alter something about the wheels.  For instance, you might decide to upgrade your wheels altogether. This could mean that you need to modify the way those new wheels attach to your vehicle.  Wheel adapters can help that application.

Quality Craftsmanship


 A key safety feature of wheel adapters is to make sure that the custom-made items are of the highest quality.  It is crucial that the craftsmanship is of the highest quality.  Some people feel that a factory manufacture piece of equipment is the safest route to go. It's vital that the material that is used to manufacture the adaptor is strong. These typically include aluminum, aircraft grade. The strength of the material it is constructed of is equally as important as the strength of the bonds used to construct the adapter.  Additionally, the precision of the craftsmanship adds to the strength.  Most often that strength and precision cannot only be found from the material it is constructed out of, but also in the way it is installed.

Installation


Installing wheel adapters needs to be handled with attention to detail. It is recommended that a trained mechanic install wheel adapters to your vehicle.  In the event you are looking for a do-it-yourself opportunity, make sure to do plenty of research.  There are videos available that, if followed carefully, can guide you to the proper installation techniques. An important step is to make sure you have the correct torque settings from the factory on the vehicle.  Using a professional can save a lot of time, but if you choose to do it yourself, make sure to do your research.

Equipment


As with any alteration to a vehicle, make sure you find the right equipment.  Using the appropriate wheel adapter for your application is imperative to ensure a safe and secure fit.  Make sure you are aware if you need additional spacers.  It may be necessary to use specific equipment to make your vehicle look the best it can.


Wheel adapters can be used safely if a few simple rules are followed.  The material that the adapters are constructed of should be aircraft grade titanium.  Special care should be taken in the installation process, whether a mechanic completes the installation or you complete the research to do it yourself. Lastly, a knowledge of the appropriate equipment needed for the application is maybe the first and most important place to start.