Kia Optima rims and wheels are designed to add character and style to your sedan. If you believe that the standard design is not for you, installing custom wheels will be a clear improvement. Wheels are among the most visible and vital components of any vehicle.
In certain markets, such as Europe and Canada, the Kia Optima was known as both the Optima and the Magentas. The first Optima was nothing more than a rebadged Hyundai Sonata.
What you need to know about Kia Optima Rims and Wheels
The Kia Optima production began in 2000, and it has been known as both the Optima and the Magentas in certain markets such as Europe and Canada. The original Optima was simply a rebadged Hyundai Sonata. The second generation began in 2005 and was built on Kia’s global platform MG, which is still used today and is closely related to the Sonata of the same year. During its second generation, the Optima was equipped with straight four-cylinder engines (both petrol and diesel), with an option for a V6 engine; for the third generation, the power upgrade was usually in the form of a straight four-cylinder turbo diesel engine or a regular straight four turbo engine.
The Optima’s wheels range from 14″ to 18″ and include both steel and alloy formed wheels, though the steel rims are limited to three: a 14″ black finished steel wheel with ten holes (the only 14″ wheel available); a 15″ steel rim with twelve holes and a black finish; and a 16″ steel wheel with thirteen holes and a painted finish. The remaining alloy rims were mostly finished in silver with 5 or 10 spokes, with other finishes including machined and machined with black pockets.
Repairing your rims makes more sense in some cases than replacing them. In some cases, replacing your rims is the only option.
You can replace your black KIA optima rims in any circumstance. You can’t say the same for rim repair. It is only an acceptable solution in certain circumstances. Rims can sometimes become irreparably damaged.
If your wheel has minor damage, such as curb rash, you may be able to repair it. If the damage is severe enough to jeopardize the structural integrity of the wheel, it must be replaced. The following are the most common types of damage that render a wheel useless or dangerous to use:
- bent region (s)
- Cracks in any part of the wheel
- lug holes that are damaged
You could have a professional repair severely damaged rims, but it will be costly. It is simpler and sometimes less expensive to replace your rims.
Installing rims on your car is simple if you have the right tools. Prepare a jack to lift your car, socket wrenches of various sizes, a tire lever or crowbar, and an air compressor. It doesn’t have to be a large air compressor, and you might be able to rent one if you don’t already have one. It isn’t much more difficult than changing a flat tire, but you will have to make the tires flat yourself. If you don’t have a hydraulic lift, use your car jack to lift each tire up in turn as you work on it. When there is no longer any pressure on the tire, you should release all of the air pressure in the tire so that you can easily remove the old rim and replace it.
You must now remove the rim from the tire using the socket wrenches. The size you’ll need is determined by the rims you’re removing.
After that, pry the old rim off the tire. This is why you had to let the air out of the tire; it would be much more difficult to do so if there was still air in the tire. It will still be difficult, so pry evenly and frequently to avoid bending the rim. If the rims are in good condition, you can resell them or put them on your car later, but if they are bent, you can’t do anything with them. Cheaper rims will bend more easily than higher-quality rims.
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