Major Differences between Alloy and Steel Wheels

There might be different types of wheels that people install in their vehicles. Some people spend quite a lot of money on installing alloy wheels on their cars. Is it just for the looks or is there a technical reason too?

The two most common types of wheels are those of steel and alloy. You can find wheels of other materials like carbon fibre as well. But steel and alloy are very popular.

Alloy wheels are lighter and stronger than steel, but that doesn’t mean that steel wheels aren’t good enough.

Advantages of Alloy wheels

These wheels are made up of an alloy of light metals such as magnesium, aluminium, or an alloy of both. These can be regarded as better than steels ones as alloy wheels are several pounds lighter than steel tyres.

In vehicles, less weight means quick acceleration and deceleration. It also ensures that less weight is laid on suspension components. In extreme weather conditions and rough terrains, alloy wheels dissipate heat away from the suspension components at a rate higher than that of steel wheels.

Also, alloy wheels are often considered as good looking. They give great texture to your vehicle. They are found mostly in high-end variants. Marketed as ‘diamond-cut’, ‘laser edged’, the basic makeup remains very much the same.

These wheels are corrosion-proof and are a big advantage for those who live in coastal areas.

Disadvantages of Alloy Wheels

The biggest drawback of Alloy wheels is their price. They are expensive to buy, repair and also to manufacture.

These wheels are not as strong as steel. They are very much prone to damage and that is why a single dent can damage the overall look of the car. Also, repairing an alloy wheel is a very cumbersome job, it is also very expensive.

Advantages of Steel Wheels

Steel wheels cost very much less than their alloy counterparts. Their buying cost is 70%-80% less than that of ally wheels. Steel wheels are stronger than alloys and this is the reason why most SUVs have steel wheels installed in them.

Most of the time, faulted steel tyres can be repaired simply by hammering the bent part. This is because steel has greater malleability than alloy. A lot of money is saved this way.

Disadvantages of Steel Wheels

Steel wheels, as discussed earlier, are heavier than alloy wheels. Due to their heavyweight, the suspension of the vehicle takes a massive battering upon prolonged use. However, in certain vehicles, steel wheels assist in traction and manoeuvrability.

Steel wheels can’t handle salty or humid environments. They are very much prone to corrosion. Although, with modern paint-tech like powder coating, this con can be ignored.

Steel wheels are not usually the first choice of luxury car-makers. The texture of these wheels does not really add to the style and features of a vehicle.

Both, steel and alloy wheels have their own advantages and disadvantages. It depends on the user what specifications they need and their driving patterns.

For any further assistance regarding new wheels or old alloy wheel refurbishment Tamworth, contact us at Tamworth Diesel. Our proficient professionals will get you back on the road in no time. Tamworth Diesel also provides car service Tamworth.

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