If you’ve ever hit a serious pothole, there’s a good chance you’ve bent a steel wheel or possibly even cracked an aluminum alloy wheel. Even if you haven’t had the misfortune of destroying a rim, you might be surprised to learn that an alloy wheel is generally stronger than its heavier steel counterpart.

YouTube’s Hydraulic Press Channel wanted to examine this, putting both an aluminum and steel wheel to the ultimate stress test: a hydraulic press. This should go without saying, but the folks responsible for the channel suggest not trying this stunt at home. That shouldn’t be hard, considering most of us don’t have a hydraulic press in our home shop.

The folks with the press test two steel and two aluminum wheels. All four wheels have tires mounted to better see when exactly the tire loses grip on the wheel. Of course, there’s a good amount of enjoyable carnage, and the aluminum wheel proves stronger -- though the channel does manage to customize a steel wheel at the end of the video instead of destroying it.

If you want to watch this for yourself -- trust us, you do -- check out the video above.

Source: Autoweek

October 29, 2018