How to Find Your Wheel Size and Type

How to Find Your Wheel Size and Type


Need to replace a wheel on your car, truck, van or SUV? Not sure how to begin? Below is a quick reference for how to find the size and type of wheel you have on your vehicle.

First you should know the kind of wheel you have on your vehicle. Is it aluminum or steel? What kind of a finish does it have?

See the photos below to tell the difference between kinds of wheels.

This is a photo of a steel wheel without a wheel cover or hubcap. Steel wheels are usually much heavier than aluminum and are black unless they have been styled or painted.

This is a photo of a steel wheel without a wheel cover or hubcap. Steel wheels are usually much heavier than aluminum and are black unless they have been styled or painted.


This is a photo of a steel wheel with a plastic wheel cover - also called a hub cap. If you look closely you can see the black steel wheel under the cover.

This is a photo of a steel wheel with a plastic wheel cover - also called a hub cap. If you look closely you can see the black steel wheel under the cover.


This is a photo of a styled steel wheel. The wheel is made from steel but formed into a design and painted. You will find this type of wheel most commonly on trucks and some Jeeps and SUVs.

This is a photo of a styled steel wheel. The wheel is made from steel but formed into a design and painted. You will find this type of wheel most commonly on trucks and some Jeeps and SUVs.

This is a close-up shot of a styled steel wheel. It may look like aluminum at first sight but this is really just a painted steel wheel. You can see a little rust around the edges, this is another way to tell that it is steel and not aluminum.

This is a close-up shot of a styled steel wheel. It may look like aluminum at first sight but this is really just a painted steel wheel. You can see a little rust around the edges, this is another way to tell that it is steel and not aluminum.


This is an aluminum wheel with a normal finish. Aluminum wheels can have several kinds of finishes including polished, two toned and chrome.

This is an aluminum wheel with a normal finish. Aluminum wheels can have several kinds of finishes including polished, two toned and chrome.

This is an aluminum wheel with a chrome finish. Aluminum wheels can have several kinds of finishes including polished, two toned and chrome.

This is an aluminum wheel with a chrome finish. Aluminum wheels can have several kinds of finishes including polished, two toned and chrome.

After you figure out what kind of wheel you have on your vehicle you will have to know what size it is. This can be done quite easily by looking at your tire. Below is a close up photo of the wall of a tire. You will find a sequence of numbers usually like this P###/## R##. The numbers after the R indicate the size or diameter of your wheel. The most common wheel sizes are 14-18 although they can be smaller or larger depending on the type of vehicle.

This is a close up photo of the wall of a tire where you can find the tire and wheel size. The size of this wheel is 16" (The number after the R - in this case R16)

This is a close up photo of the wall of a tire where you can find the tire and wheel size. The size of this wheel is 16" (The number after the R - in this case R16)


Once you know the type and size of your wheel there are a few more details you should notice before you look for a replacement. First notice how many lug-nut holes you have in the center of your wheel. The lugs may be covered by your hub cap  or center cap which can be easily removed. The number of lug-nut holes will make a difference for some kinds of vehicles. Next, if you have an aluminum wheel you should notice the design. How many spokes or holes does it have? What kind of finish does it have. There may have been many different wheel styles put on the same model and year of  your vehicle. You should also be aware with both steel and aluminum wheels if yours has a tire pressure sensor.

Once you have gathered all of this information you are ready to begin looking for a replacement wheel for your vehicle.  

And you know a great place to start? Call us at East Coast Auto Salvage! We will certainly try to provide you with the replacement wheel that you need. But if for some reason we don't have we strongly recommend looking at your local Auto Recycling Facility before going to the dealer or another source.

Call us 1-800-231-9121

See our inventory online at www.ecautosalvage.com

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