What are the differences between aluminium and steel rims?
Unlike durable steel wheels, the aluminium version is more prone to corrosion. This means that: in winter, alloy wheels can oxidise on the flange. The flange is the curved edge of the wheel rim. Without adequate coating, small bubbles will quickly develop. The affected areas will no longer provide proper sealing. This will ultimately result in gradual loss of tyre pressure, leading to unstable driving behaviour.
For those who place great importance on the visual aesthetics of their wheels, manufacturers now also offer winter-proof alloy wheels. These have a special powder coating that protects against damage and any possible oxidisation. For anyone who does not want to compromise on their aesthetic in winter, these models are strongly recommended.
- Information about whether your alloy wheels are suitable for winter driving is generally available from the manufacturer. For this reason, you will often find this information in the product description or in other documentation supplied with the product. Incidentally: You can, of course, also drive with winter wheel rims in the summer so you can use them all year round. This doesn't just save you time and stress. Over time, frequent fitting and removal causes strain to the wheels and shortens their service life.
- It makes no difference to the winter tyre properties whether they are fitted on aluminium or steel wheel rims. The difference is only in their quality. While alloy wheels are usually somewhat lighter for winter conditions, steel rims provide additional robustness. On this point, you should avoid making false economies and either fit winter-proof alloy wheels or switch directly over to steel rims.
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