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What’s the Difference Between Wheels and Rims?

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Some people refer to a rim for a “wheel”. While others say wheels when they actually mean the “rim.”

The confusion is understandable. For starters, they’re both in the same place as the vehicle.

However, they’re not the same. Check out the differences between wheels vs rims below. Let’s go!

What Is the Rim?

Essentially, the rim is part of the wheel.

The rim is normally on the outside of the wheel. It is located where the tire attaches to the wheel.

Without the rim, the tire would quickly lose air and your car would come to an abrupt stop.

Alternatively, the tire could suddenly loosen away from the wheel if the rim wasn’t in place.

However, this is more confusing since the word has been used to refer to wheels. This is not the proper use of the word.

And yet, this is often used as a slang term for customized and fancy wheels. You can discover for yourself the kind of flashy, customized rims we’re talking about.

In particular, the word is used to refer to wheels made from chrome or alloy materials. It is also used when someone has brightly colored rims which capture attention.

However, put simply, it’s best to understand the rim as everything on the wheel apart from the nuts, bolts and the tire itself.

What Is the Wheel?

“The wheels on the bus go round and round.” That’s what the children sing! Even children would be able to point out the wheel.

The wheel shouldn’t be confusing. It’s the rims which get people in a mess.

The wheel is one of the oldest inventions ever. And yet, people still get confused about the difference between a rim and a wheel.

The wheel refers to the part of the vehicle as a whole. This includes everything from the tire, the rim and the nuts and bolts which hold it all together.

Of course, without the wheels, the vehicle isn’t going anywhere. The rotation of the wheels allows the vehicle to move either forward or backward.

Wheels vs Rims

It’s best to consider the rim to be the part of the wheel which connects the tire together with the rest of the wheel.

Now you know the difference between wheels vs rims, you won’t keep adding to the confusion about the two different parts of cars.

Do you need new tires for your car? Check out our blog post on how to spot the signs that your tires need to be replaced.

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  1. This is an interesting and educative write up
    But try to back it up with a photographic description
    I think that will add to the explanation

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