Prolonging the Useful Lives of Your Wheel Simulators

Prolonging the Useful Lives of Your Wheel Simulators

Your wheel simulators may be built to last and you may have been maintaining them properly and thoroughly from the day you got them, but being a prudent vehicle owner and driver also plays a big role in prolonging the lives of these add-ons.  Although many wheel simulators have been advertised as ideal for heavy duty use, adhering to some precautions will mean you will enjoy the full range of benefits these items provide for a very long time.

Regardless of the type of installation needed by your wheel simulators, installation should be done as recommended by the manufacturer and not according to what you feel will work.  You may have bought the simulators that are the best fit for your wheels but unless the simulators are fit flush to your vehicle’s OEM wheels, it won’t take much for the simulators to break free, intentionally or unintentionally.

If the wheel simulators don’t fit well the first time, see if any adjustments have to be made to the installation of the hub, lug nuts, or other parts.  If it still doesn’t work, it may mean you bought the wrong type of simulators for your wheels and you may have to buy another set.  Do not under any circumstances pound on or force the wheel simulators to properly fit as these can damage them and may even render them useless.

Even a properly installed simulator may break loose when your wheels frequently come into contact with curbs and sidewalks.  Avoid driving too close to these.  Even if the wheel simulators don’t break loose, the resulting scratches on their finish can be difficult to remove, especially in the case of chrome-plated simulators.

Squeaky Wheel Simulators

Squeaky Wheel Simulators

Wheel simulators have been generally praised by both hardcore car enthusiasts and ordinary owners. However, if there’s anything bad that can be said about these vehicle add-ons, it’s that some of them—particularly those designed for heavy duty use on SUVs, trucks, trailers, and RVs—have a tendency to squeak when the wheels to which they are attached are moving.  Browse through the different web forums about wheel simulators and related accessories and you will see that this is a problem that has plagued these add-ons, even the high-quality ones sold by highly reputable dealers.

However unnerving the noise may be, it is not necessarily an indicator of wheel simulators about tobreak loose; many vehicle owners can attest to that.  That is enough to put your mind at ease, but if the noise really bothers you, you might want to try these recommended quick fixes for your wheel simulators.

  1. For non-snap-on wheel simulators that have to be installed with the aid of bolts or similar parts, overtightening should be avoided.  Some owners say overtightening of the bolts will result in squeaking, particularly when the brakes are applied.  The alternative solution is to tighten the bolts just enough with the last few turns being done by hand.
  2. Wheel simulators that are slightly larger than the rims to which they are attached will inevitably rub against the tires and cause noise.  This is especially true for heavy duty front wheel simulators as the front wheels of trucks and other heavy vehicles have a greater tendency to flex than the rear wheels.  Use a flathead screwdriver to carefully create a small gap at the points where the simulators would otherwise rub against the tires.
  3. Duct tape may not really solve everything, but at least it can get rid of the squeaking your wheel simulators make.  Use duct tape to line the insides of your simulators before installing them on your wheels. 

Wheel Simulator Maintenance

Wheel Simulator Maintenance

You may have gotten the best wheel simulators for your ride, but even the best isn’t perfect as nothing really lasts forever.  Your wheel simulators may be small in size, but just like everything else that makes up your vehicle, they require considerable TLC if they are to stay around long enough and give your wheels the unique touch that OEM wheels don’t always provide.  Fortunately, maintenance of your wheel simulators doesn’t always require that you bring them to the shop.  You can achieve this through the use of some basic household items.

  1. Your wheel simulators are always exposed to a lot of dirt and moisture as they are set very low on the ground.  Use a brush to scrape off any dirt that has built up on your simulators.  For mud and dirt particles that are tougher to scrape off, use a soft cloth instead.
  2. Simply brushing or wiping the dirt off your wheel simulators isn’t enough; you still have to bring them back to their shining glory. You can remove any remaining dirt particles with water and soap.  For best results, lather the surface of the simulators in soap and then let the water settle for a minute or two to soften the dirt buildup and make it easier to remove.
  3. For chrome wheel simulators, you will have to use sealants in addition to soap and water. This is because chrome surfaces are more susceptible to scratching and other superficial damage. Using sealants will strengthen the chrome plating and give your wheel simulators that factory-fresh shine that is sure to make heads turn.

The Purpose of Adding Wheel Simulators

The Purpose of Adding Wheel Simulators

Using stylish wheel simulators and tires have a greater impact on your car’s overall appearance. Exchanging your rims and tires for custom wheels can make your vehicle stand out from the rest. This improvement can be striking, and it is one of the easiest means of modifying your car. It does not matter what other modifications you decide to make; the total impact can be lost unless you also add an attractive wheel package.

Custom tires and wheel simulators will likewise play an essential role in the safety, performance, and handling of your car, motorcycle, ATV, or truck. Proper installation as well as maintenance of tires and rims and the condition of the car’s suspension and proper alignment of the wheel will affect your tires’ performance and lifespan. Maintaining and cleaning your wheels regularly will keep the car looking great for many years.

Stainless Steel Wheel Simulators

This type of wheel simulator is more sturdy as compared to chrome wheel simulators. The stainless steel simulator does not stain, rust, or corrode as easily as ordinary steel. This type of simulator requires less maintenance.

Aluminum wheels are more popular as compared to steel wheels, though steel wheels have made  a comeback recently. Also, stainless steel wheel simulators and accessories are getting popular because they cost less and are easier to set up. They also provide a chrome look mirror sheen. The most popular brand for stainless steel wheel simulators are Chevy and Ford. The Chevy wheel simulators are custom designed to securely fit Chevy rims.