Q:

How do you measure a wheelbase?

A:

Quick Answer

Measure a wheelbase by taking a straight length of wood or metal, align it with the center of two axles, mark the stick and then measure the length between the marks. A wheelbase measures the distance between the center of one axle to the center of another.

Continue Reading
How do you measure a wheelbase?
Credit: Getty Images North America Getty Images News Getty Images

Full Answer

  1. Straighten the wheels

    Place the vehicle or equipment on a level surface. Straighten the turning wheels so they point forward. Find the center of each wheel, usually in the middle of the lug nuts or the screws.

  2. Find a straight stick

    Locate a sturdy measuring stick, usually a straight piece of metal or wood. Make sure the length is longer than that of the distance between the two wheels. The stick does not need to have measurement markings on it like a yardstick.

  3. Position the measuring tool

    Place the measuring tool adjacent to the center of the rear axle, and have a helper place the measuring tool adjacent to the center of the front axle. Mark the spot where the wood or metal is exactly at the center of both axles.

  4. Measure the distance

    Take a tape measure, and denote the distance between the two marks. This length is the wheelbase. Compare your measurement to that of factory specifications. Ideally, the wheelbase is the same on both sides of the vehicle. Repeat this process for the opposite side.

Learn more about Tires, Rims & Wheels

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Can a cracked rim be fixed?

    A:

    A cracked rim is fixed by welding the notch together with metal or recasting the piece with special plastics. Cracks appear in tire rims when they strike hard surfaces or are exposed to friction and extreme weather. The rim serves as the core stabilizer for the wheel, making it essential to keep this piece intact and in good shape.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is powder coating for rims?

    A:

    Powder coating is a method of finishing metal rims. A fine ground powder of resin and color is sprayed on the rims. The rims are then heat-treated to permanently attach the colored resin to the metal. Powder coating is much more durable than paint. It resists chipping and scratches.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are wheel center caps used for?

    A:

    A wheel center cap is a decorative piece that covers the center of an automobile wheel and helps keep dirt away from the wheel bearings and the axle. Depending on the model, a wheel cap covers the lug nuts if the lug nuts are not part of the design.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you properly install aftermarket wheel center caps?

    A:

    To properly install aftermarket wheel center caps, first remove the existing hubcap. Position the cap so its bent section curves around the air valve. Align the metal rings on the aftermarket cap with the mounting legs on the wheel. Start at the top of the wheel and, working clockwise, firmly push the rings into the mounting legs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore