The Basics of Wheels
Wheels are often a misjudged component of a vehicle. While they are a large aspect of vehicle aesthetics, they also contribute significantly to the performance and comfort of your vehicle. The main purpose of a wheel is to house a tire that ensures the engine power is correctly transferred to the ground. This power travels through the drivetrain to the wheel, which then transfers it from the axle/hub to the tires. There are various parts that make up a car wheel, each with its own role: outboard face, center bore, plate, spokes, rim, bolt circle, and valve stem bore. The outboard face, for example, is the main face of the wheel that provides structural support. The center bore is the hole in the center of the wheel, and the section surrounding it is the plate. The spokes are the structures that connect the plate to the edge of the rim. Here at Alaska Tire Service in Anchorage, Alaska, we are tire and wheel experts. We understand the importance of both to a vehicle and are here to help when you need any wheel service, including wheel replacement. We offer an array of custom wheels that meet the needs of our diverse range of customers from our location at 2330 East 88th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507.