What Is the Difference Between Hubcaps and Wheel Covers?

Can You Tell the Difference Between Hubcaps and Wheel Covers?

When you drive through the streets of your city, you’re bound to see vehicles with steel wheels, banged-up alloy rims, and busted plastic hubcaps. Your first impression? It’s always, “Wow, that’s ugly!” But if there’s a chance that someone’s saying that about your car, you should probably do something about it.

If you’re shopping for a solution for your boring wheels, you’ve seen the terms ‘hubcaps’ and ‘wheel covers’. What is the difference, and which one is right for you?

What Are Hubcaps?

Hubcaps aren’t actually what you think they are. Hubcaps are a component on older vehicles and some heavy-duty trucks that serves a small yet important purpose. It’s a small cup that fits tightly over a wheel hub – the area where the wheel bearing resides. It seals out dirt and moisture and holds in grease to keep all the delicate moving parts well lubricated.

Hubcaps are anything but pretty. In fact, most often they’re corroded, dented, and dull. Since hubcaps are smacked in place with a hammer, then pried off occasionally, they live a life of abuse. Because wheel hubs are most commonly a sealed assembly these days, hubcaps are no longer found on your everyday vehicle.

Alright, so it’s splitting hairs; a matter of semantics. But if the part you’re looking for isn’t called a hubcap, what is it? Maybe wheel covers?

What are Wheel Covers?

For a classy, dressed-up look for your wheels, there are a few choices.

You can opt for expensive painted, chrome, or alloy wheels. There are a ton of styles available so you can choose one that suits your style. The problem is that aftermarket wheels corrode easily and can be easily damaged. You could put out big bucks just keeping your wheels looking good.

You can choose wheel skins. These fit directly over your factory wheels and look just like the factory wheel. If you’re looking for the factory design, specific to your vehicle brand and model, this is the perfect choice. You just need to make sure that it’s the right design for the wheels you have, otherwise the wheel skins you buy aren’t going to fit.

Wheel covers, on the other hand, are another option. Wheel covers can be brand-specific or custom-fit. They can be chrome, silver, or painted your favorite color. Wheel covers are easily maintained, durable, and flexible.

Wheel covers are your best choice for customizing your car inexpensively. You aren’t locked into just one design or color, and there’s a hubcap – scratch that – wheel cover pattern you’re sure to love.

Have you accidentally rubbed the curb and cracked or scuffed your wheel cover? No problem! A new set of wheel covers costs a fraction of a single replacement alloy wheel. Have your tastes changed? Easy! You can pick a new wheel cover design and change your car’s look in just a few minutes.

Wheel covers are available in virtually every wheel size on the market. Many aftermarket wheel covers are a universal fit, dependent only on your personal taste. Or, if you’ve lost a factory-installed wheel cover, you can get an individual exact replacement.

Whether you need just one replacement wheel cover for your car or want a set of aftermarket wheel covers to jazz up your vehicle’s looks, WheelCovers.com is here to help. Browse our online selection or contact us if you need suggestions or assistance in ordering.

Dodge Dart: Shattered Dreams

When the Dart came out many good things were said about what was coming for the future. Many concepts were made with what seemed to be almost fully ready parts. But sadly, half of what they said they didn’t actually mean. This article will cover the lies that were told and the dreams that were shattered…

I’ll tell you the story. This is a story of tragedy, missed opportunities and so on. The Dart was originally based off the Hornet concept back in 2006. You know that little grey hatchback made for the Japanese market (no, seriously). It had a 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that made 160 Horsepower.

They said it was supposed to be a Nissan Cube variant with Chrysler design. It was an interesting little car, though it was heavy. It weighed just under 3,200 pounds (it was 2006, what did you expect). Pretty cool, right? Sure it may look like a five year old throwing a tantrum to some. Though I think it looks like a rather big Kei Car. Have you seen the side mirrors? When I say the Dart was “based” of this car, I mean the idea and name. Yep, the Dart was originally going to be called Hornet… Anyway, this is just the beginning of the sorrow soon to follow.

The next concept to come was the 2009 Chrysler 200C EV Concept. While this may seem off topic, it really isn’t. The 200C had something that would be seen in the Dart four years later. You how the Dart has a TFT Screen in the gauge cluster? The 200C had that before the Dart did, though it went right into the touch screen for the 200C. Rather than just the instrument panel, that really is about the only thing the Dart and the 200C have in common.

The future held promise for the Dart. So many things only concepts could achieve were then brought to reality in the Dart. So what happened? What happened that was so bad that I write in such a tone… One of betrayal and heartbreak…

Once the Dart came out, tons of concepts followed right behind it. Here are all of the concepts that came.

The Darts are listed in the order they came out:

1. Dodge Dart 210 GTS Tribute Car.

2. Dodge Dart Carbon Fire Concept.

3. Dodge Dart Slingshot Concept.

4. Dodge Dart Leadfoot Concept.

5. Dodge Dart R/T Poison Concept.

6. Dodge Dart Scat Pack.

7. Dodge Dart GLH Concept.

All these cars have something in common other than the fact that they are all Dart and concepts. They’re all just a bunch of broken promises.

Take the 210 GTS for example. Dodge said you would be able to buy these parts and give your Dart 210 horsepower. The only way to get your Dart up to that now is through an exhaust and intake if you have the 2.4 liter engine. This is not through Mopar.

The 1.4 Turbo will easily make more than that. So that won’t be included. The hood, splitter and spoiler are things you can get from Mopar. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t intended for the 2.0).

Next you have the Carbon Fire concept. It has a grill delete and daytime running lamp taken from the Jeep GC SRTĀ­8. Do we see this part as a purchasable item? NOPE! If you thought this was actually going to happen then I’d hate to see the disappointment on your face. If you want to do a grill delete, you will need to do it yourself. Don’t worry; many other Dart owners have already done it. You should be able to find a tutorial somewhere…

It’s a sea of shattered dreams that’s what it is. It’s a real shame Dodge didn’t follow through with their promises. It would have made this one of the more factory customizable compacts you could get. I hope you enjoyed this article, as sad as it was (lol).

Driver Tips: How to Stay Aware While Driving Far

Distance driving is an exhausting activity to do especially if you are alone with no one to watch you or help you navigate. There are ways to stay aware during the long drive during the night, day and horrible weather.

Always have a well-rested sleep before getting into the car. Having too much or too little will leave you feeling tired and weak. This will cause you not worry much about what’s in front of you.

Allowing yourself to take bathroom breaks is extremely important. It is a fact that a full bladder will affect you more than a high alcohol intake.

Caffeine or coffee is probably the first thing that you would want to take before leaving for your trip. Caffeine is known to keep a person awake and to start the metabolism process. What you don’t want to do is overload it with sugar. If you have a higher sugar level you will end up shaking and noticing things that aren’t important. This is important during any night driving because of the darkness that has metaphorically swallowed the streets.

Make sure that you have a bottle of water whether it’s cold or temperate. You need water in your system to keep your body going and your brain aware. If the weather is extremely hot you might want to take more than one bottle. The brain uses more energy than the body so you will need to keep feeding it.

Eating before leaving keeps your energy levels up and keeps you going. You have to always give the brain fuel for thinking. Try to take fatty foods with you such as nuts or dried fruits to give you a bit more of a kick start.

Don’t allow adrenaline to take over your body. If you allow that feeling to take over your body you could end up in an accident. Take the trip slowly and calmly. Impulsiveness can be the result of your blood pumping due to anxiety.

The best idea when travelling far is to bring a person along with you. It’s never recommended to drive alone in case something happens to you. The person travelling with you could also point out road signs that you may not see because of your exhaustion.

Always make sure that your body is prepared to take on a road trip that is across the country. Stay focussed and keep your tyres on the road. Be calm and energized with the correct food and drink.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

The Need Of Emergency Towing Services

You never know when something bad happens so it is always a good idea to be prepared to deal with the emergency. When you are driving a car, a roadside assistance plan is very important for the emergency. It will give you the best guidance.

One of the most obvious reasons why people look for roadside assistance is when the car encounters a mechanical or electrical malfunction. You’ll always need accident towing services to make sure that your car is not taken by the police or any other authority. So what are the major benefits of choosing such services?

QUICK ASSISTANCE

Car breakdown can happen anytime. When you’re out for a long drive or going for a road trip and you immediately encounter a breakdown. You don’t know what you should do. People who keep the contact details of towing service on hand won’t have to randomly pick a company if any breakdown happens. They can call the professionals quickly and get the right assistance. Most of them can reach you within thirty minutes depending on your location.

Take Care Of Your Darling Car

When you have a roadside assistance plan you don’t need to worry because the company will take best care of your vehicle. There are few companies who want to make money. They won’t take care of your vehicle. They want to deliver your vehicle and move on to the next call. This means you have to pay more money due to their negligence.

License Is A Must

Each and every state requires a license for towing service but few of the companies don’t follow the rules. If you don’t do any research on the company you have chosen your vehicle will suffer a lot of damage. A reputed and established company always have their license to carry out the work. They should meet the standards set for the service providers. This means you will get top quality services for your car even when you’re extremely stressed.

Most of the cities have large number of companies but all of them may not focus on customer satisfaction. Many companies want to make money and they don’t think about your car. Look for a company which offers top-notch quality services in the industry. This means they will take special care of your car. Your car is a valuable asset. Keep all these great tips in mind to make the best choice.

Nifty Tech Hacks For Your Car

Smart technology is everywhere these days, and over the past decade or so, a lot of the most advanced, state of the art software available has found its way inside the average modern day vehicle. Manufactures also tend to offer car buyers the opportunity to upgrade the tech inside their current cars, regularly releasing new software additions designed to create a driving experience reflective of the digital age.

The downside? Tech-heavy cars are expensive, and so is the process of installing software to make your vehicle look like it belongs in the 21st century. If you’re looking to save a little cash but still fancy the added perks, take a look at these nifty, affordable tech hacks for your car.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Dashboard Cam

If you have a spare smartphone kicking around, why not turn it into a camera that you can fit onto your car dashboard?

Having a dash cam to record your journeys is a funky little addition to your vehicle, and may prove to be particularly handy if you ever get into an accident and need to claim on insurance.

It’s surprisingly easy to sort, too. The first step is to get yourself a mount on which to store your smartphone. Search for a sturdy design and take it for a test spin around your block before you hit the open road (this will determine whether it’s guaranteed to stick in place). The next move is to find yourself a suitable app. There are plenty out there on the smartphone app store, including CamOnRoad, Car Camera and AutoGuard Dash Cam. Have a play with all of them to see which one is right for you.

Hidden Garage Remote

If you own a garage with an electric door, or live in an apartment block with a gate, you’ve probably got the access remote stowed away in the cup holder by the gearstick or in the loose change compartment. A handy place to keep it? Yes. But a sensible place? Not really. Some thieves are opportunist, but others like to take a quick look around the car before they act. If they spot a device that offers them access to your garage (where you’ll probably have valuable items stored) they won’t think twice about breaking in to get it.

So why not make yourself a cheeky garage remote concealer? Invest in a big cup that you can store inside your car, and tape the remote to the base. This way, the valuable piece of tech is hidden from sight, giving thieves little incentive to break in and even less of a chance of them finding a way to access your garage/apartment gate if they do.

Shade Sheet

This isn’t the coolest hack on this list by any means, nor is it even very tech-y. Nonetheless, it could well be the most useful.

A shade sheet offers an increased sense of visibility when you’re on the road, blocking out those pesky pockets of light that can come streaming into the car to blind your eyesight. You can buy one for a very reasonable price at several different outlets. Just make sure the design you choose can be easily peeled off the screen in a moment’s notice, but is also ready to stick rigidly in place for the portion of the journey in which you need it.

GPS Tracker

Having a GPS tracker on your car allows you to determine where your vehicle is at all times. If you’re a parent who’s recently – but somewhat begrudgingly – agreed to insure your child on your car, this is a great way to keep an eye on them and make sure they aren’t driving to any dodgy places. A GPS tracker will also prove invaluable if someone decides to pinch your motor, giving the police every chance of tracking the thief down and getting the car back to you in one piece.

Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

Did you know there are actually ways for you turn your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot?

By having your own internet network in your vehicle, you’ll be able to link up to the web in a moment’s notice at faster speeds, allowing you make crackle-free calls whilst you’re on the go (using a hands-free headset or speakerphone of course – never phone in hand) and offering a way to keep your kids entertained on long journeys as they connect to the web on their smartphone or iPads.

You can find devices that transform your car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot all over the web, and often for a very reasonable price. If you use this software frequently enough, you’ll soon make your money back from all the cash you save by using a Wi-Fi connection instead of 4G.