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What are some common wheel bolt patterns?

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Common wheel bolt patterns are four on 3.94 inches, four on 4.5 inches, five on 4.5 inches and five on 5 inches, representing the number of bolt holes in a wheel and the diameter of a circle drawn through the bolts. Four-bolt and five-bolt patterns are typical for passenger cars while six-, seven- and eight-bolt patterns are used for sports utility vehicles and trucks.

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Bolt patterns are often available by vehicle make, model and year from sources such as DiscountTire.com and DiscountedWheelWarehouse.com. Some instances require measurements.

The four on 3.94-inch bolt pattern, also expressed as four on 100 millimeters, is found on Chevrolets, Dodges, Hondas, Toyotas and Volkswagens. The four on 4.5-inch pattern is on Dodges, Hondas and Infinities. Determining the bolt circle diameter of a four-bolt wheel involves measuring the distance from the center of any two holes opposite each other.

The five on 4.5-inch bolt pattern is on Acuras, Chryslers, Fords and Mazdas. The five on 5-inch bolts are on Chevrolets. The bolt circle diameter of a five-bolt pattern is harder to determine, being the distance from the center of one hole to the outside edge of a second hole that is two places away from the first. Some patterns are almost identical, requiring precise measurements often best taken using a bolt pattern gauge. A wheel with a slightly mismatched pattern may lead to bent lugs and wheel vibrations.

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