Monday, July 10, 2017

Three Things to Consider Before Getting New Wheel Spacers

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New wheel spacers can be a thing of beauty. You’re taking control of your car. It handles better, as the wide set wheels let you take turns like you never have before. Everything is ticking along well, and you’re sure this is how you want your car to feel forever. However, all good things must come to an end. Even the best-made wheel spacers need to be replaced. Before you slap a new set on and go cruising the block, take a minute to ask yourself these questions.

1. Did Your Last Ones Wear Out Too Soon?

You should write down or mentally make a note of the date every time you change your wheel spacers. While wear and tear takes out every set eventually, you shouldn’t be moving through them too soon. Anything less than six months to a set is something to be concerned about. If you’re right on the cusp, talk to a mechanic (or a mechanically inclined friend) or take a look at it yourself. Wheel spacers tend to wear out too fast when they’re not properly fitted or installed. If they’re wearing out, it could be a sign that you’re putting too much pressure or tension on your axle or wheels.

2. Is it Time For a Car Check Up?

Even if your wheel spacers are holding up well, you should consider getting your car checked out when it finally wears through a set of wheel spacers. Some cars look absolutely awesome with a set of wheel spacers, but they’re not really made for it. If you’ve decided to make a luxury car even more awesome, you don’t want to ruin your investment by not checking on the axel and connectors. Just a quick checkup before you put on your new set of wheel spacers is enough to find problems before they turn into huge disasters.

3. Did Any New Options Hit the Market?

While the first two points have to do with safety and the health of your car, the last one is just for fun. Wheel spacers are a great aftermarket upgrade. New options, materials, and sizes are hitting the market all the time. If you truly want to perfect the look for your car, you’ll keep looking at the latest and greatest. You won’t always have an upgrade waiting, but you never know when the coolest set of wheel spacers you’ve ever seen is waiting for you.

Before you swap a pair of old wheel spacers for new ones, look to see what’s on the market. You may have a new option you haven’t thought of yet. Make sure your car is in good condition before hitting the road. If it’s been a short time since your last new wheel spacers, take it to a mechanic—they may not be properly fitted.

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