Wheel maintenance is hardly something people think they have to deal with. So when you do, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. While the size and style of your wheel can change, its bolt pattern is the ultimate determiner of whether or not it will fit your vehicle. The wheel bolts are lug holes or the three or more holes that surround the center of your wheel. This is where you would insert lug bolts to secure the wheel to your vehicle. The bolt pattern is the specific pattern needed to bolt the wheel to the car. Our team at Sam the Hubcap Man in Florida is proficient in identifying the correct bolt pattern for all vehicles. We are your one-stop-shop; we’ve got wheels, car wheel covers, skins, etc. Call us today.  


Measuring Wheel Bolts


There are two numbers used to signify the size of a wheel bolt. The first number in the measurement represents the number of lug holes that are present, while the second number is the diameter of the circle created by these holes. For instance, a 4-98 mm wheel pattern means that there are four lug bolts and a 98 circle measurement. The most common lug holes are 4, 5, 6, and 8, and the least common being 3, 7, and 10. To measure these bolt patterns, do the following: 


  • 4-bolts
    • Measure from center to center of the two bolt holes that are directly across from one another. 
  • 5-bolts
    • This pattern can be tricky to measure due to there not being lug holes directly across from one another. However, you can still get an estimate by measuring from the back of one hole to the center of the third hole. Another great option would be to use a bolt pattern gauge for a more accurate measurement. 
  • 6-bolt
    • Measure from center to center of the two bolt holes that are directly across from one another.
  • 8-bolts
    • Measure from center to center of the two bolt holes that are directly across from one another.


Lug Hole Seats


It is also very important that you pay attention to the lug hole seats when choosing the correct lug bolts to fit your vehicle. Failing to do so could cause the wheel to not be seated on the axle properly, which could mean bad things for your car and more problems for you in the future. The different types of lug hole seats are: 


  • Round lug seat – works with ball-seat bolts
  • Tapered lug seat – works with acorn-seat bolts
  • Flat lug seat – works with Mag, shank style, and torque retention bolts


Dual-Drill Bolt Pattern


Dual-drill bolt patterns are wheels that have more than one set of bolt holes. This allows the wheel to accept two bolt patterns. You need only measure one set to find the correct wheel; however, it may be beneficial to know both. If you need help, we are here to help! We can help identify the right bolt pattern for you. Our Florida customers benefit from tire services, wheel services, and accessories like car wheel covers. 


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Are you still confused? Let our experts at Sam the Hubcap Man take a look at your car today. Wheel bolts, car wheel covers, maintenance, and more are our specialties! Call our Florida office now. 

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