As a car owner, one of the most important things you can do is get the correct fasteners for your car wheels. This is particularly so if you end up having to change the wheels, or if you find that you need to replace the bolts and nuts for any reason. In such cases, using […]

As a car owner, one of the most important things you can do is get the correct fasteners for your car wheels. This is particularly so if you end up having to change the wheels, or if you find that you need to replace the bolts and nuts for any reason. In such cases, using the wrong fasteners has the potential to damage the car, and is therefore something that you should strive to avoid as much as possible.

The role of the fasteners
The fact that the wheel fasteners are usually very small and hard to notice means that most people don’t even appreciate their presence or function. However, the truth of the matter is that they are some of the most important parts of the car, and this is why you need to focus on making sure that you get the correct ones for your car. They essentially ensure that the wheels are tightly connected to the rest of the car, and prevent any wobble when driving. In this way, they ensure that the car is no only safe, but also easy to control when you are driving as well.
Getting the wrong fasteners therefore not only poses a risk to the car’s safety, but also increases the wear and tear in the related parts of the car including the wheels, tires and the suspension.

 
How do you figure out the best fasteners to get for the wheels?
If you are thinking of getting new bolts and nuts for the car, you will need to decide on which ones to get based on the size and material most suitable for this function. For instance, it might not be wise to use grade 2 steel nuts or alloy 20 nuts on a random basis without first finding out what is most likely to work for your car. You may end up using nuts and bolts that either don’t fit due to the wrong size, or which end up being worn out quickly as a result of some structural integrity such as being made out of the wrong material.
To avoid all these problems, you can always consult a professional before making the decision on which fasteners to buy. For instance, if you are thinking of improving the performance of the car, your goal would be to get fasteners that will ensure that the wheels are firmly attached to the car, but which are also very light and durable as well. To find out which ones are most commonly used, you may need to consult another motoring enthusiast. The other alternative would be to get the advice from the company you are buying the fasteners from.
What should the fasteners be made of?
The material with which the fasteners should be made depends on why you need to use them. As has been described above, performance cars might need those that are made of a strong and light material. However, if you are going to use the car for regular day to day use, spending a lot of money on such might not be wise, and you could settle for fasteners that are aesthetically pleasing, and which are durable.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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