What Is The Difference Between A Tyre And A Wheel?

Last Updated on September 10, 2022 by John K. Clifford

Of the many auto parts, the tire and wheel are the most confusing. I mean, where does a wheel start? And where does it end? Is it part of the tire? Is the tire the wheel? Well, it’s time for you to draw the lines.

To explain, a tire is rubbery while a wheel is metallic.  But there’s more.

Here are some pointers that explain the differences between a tire and a wheel:

1. What touches the ground is the tire.

2. What connects the tire to the car is the wheel. The connection happens through the wheel’s disc and the axle.

3. So, the tire doesn’t connect to the car – the wheel does.

4. The rim is part of the wheel; it is not the wheel.

When the wheel combines with the tire, they carry the vehicle’s weight. And for the tire to fit the wheel, there has to be a bead arrangement.

But is that all? This article will give details of this tire-wheel topic.


1. You’ll see different parts and types of a tire and a wheel.

2. Also, you’ll go through the various tire and wheel types.

3. Is it TIRE or TYRE? You’ll get that answer too.

4. Then, you’ll know tire and wheel prices.

Now, let’s see the nuances.

What Are The Parts Of A Tyre?

From Michelin.com, a typical radial tire has the following nine parts:


1. The Inner Lining is like the inner tube.

2. Carcass Ply: help the tire to resist pressure and remain strong.

3. Lower Bend Area: the area where the tire and rim grip at each other

4. Beads: clamp against the rim to make the tire airtight.

5. Sidewall: protects the tire’s sides from road impact.

6. Casing Ply: makes the tire stronger.

7. Zero-degree belt (or Cap ply): reduces friction and keeps the tire’s shape.

8. Belts (or Crown Piles): they give the tread its rigid base.

9. Treads: provide the tire with traction.

Wow, who knew that?

What Are The Different Types Of Tyres?

When you understand the different types of tires, you’ll know what to buy. And what are those various types? For sedans, minivans, and CUVs, here are the tire types:

1. All-Seasons Tires

These tires deliver good handling and comfort on the highway. Also, they have reliable traction all season. Besides, they come with symmetrical tread patterns. 

2. Touring Tires

These tires deliver comfortable rides and all-season traction. Besides, they provide more handling.

Unlike all-season tires, touring tires have asymmetrical tread patterns

3. Performance Tires

These wheels have larger grooves to provide more wet-weather traction. And unlike touring guides, they have higher speed ratings.

4. Summer Tires

These tires perform well in dry and wet conditions. But, they won’t do as well all-season since they’re optimal for warm weather. So, please, don’t use them for anything else.

5. Track And Competition

It is rare to find the tires unless you live in Fast and Furious. Manufacturers design them for street performance and feature the following:

a) Sidewall reinforcements

b) High-tech bodies

Here’s A Table To Capture The Other Tire Types:

Truck and SUVHighwayAll-TerrainMud-TerrainTrail/All-PurposeRibbedSport Truck
Specialty TiresWinterTemporary SparesTrailerUTV/ATVLawn & Garden

What Are The Parts Of A Wheel?

the wheel

The wheel is not as complicated as the tire. It only has two parts: rim, disc, and hub.

1. The Rim

The rim is the outer hedger that holds the tire to the wheel. It has a cylindrical shape that fits the inside of the tire.

And what does the rim do? It ensures that the tire and wheel have an airtight fit. That helps the tubeless tire keep its air.

What are rims made of?

Typically, manufacturers use aluminum or steel and develop many designs. Rims often have polished chrome to dazzle your eyes and take your money.

The rims that go into a car depend on its weight. So, if you’re dealing with a truck, you’ll need beefier rims. But, for a car with an average GVWR, regular rims are okay.

Are rims attached to the wheel?

Yes. The rim is part of a car’s wheel, so the two remain attached.

2. The Disc

This part connects the axle hub and the rim. For some wheels, the rim and the disc can be detachable or inseparable.

3. The Hub

The hub is the central part of a wheel. For you to attach a wheel to the car’s suspension, you will use the hub.

Also, the hub houses rotors, brake pads, and calipers. With all those items, the hub connects to the axle. Then, the connection allows for the car to move and stop.

What Are The Different Types Of Wheels?

Here they are:

1. Steel Wheels

These are the cheapest in the market. And many times, people go for them because of utility and not style.

Because steel is robust, these wheels stand up to the ugliest weather conditions. Also, they take on the worst driving styles.

2. Alloy Wheels

In the wheel market, alloy wheels are the most common. But with their expensive price tags, what makes them so popular? Well, they are lightweight wheels that save a vehicle’s fuel economy.

3. Cast And Forged Wheels

4. Split Rim Wheels

Do Tyres Come With Wheels?

When you’re buying new tires, they come with the wheels as a package. So once you pay for the wheels, your dealer will include the tires at the same cost price.

So, instead of going for tires, go for wheels. You’ll get them both.

Which Is Correct, TYRE Or TIRE?

Well, both spellings are correct. It depends on your English.

If you speak American English, you’ll write TIRE. But, if you’re British, you’ll go with TYRE.

How Much Do Wheel And Tires Cost?

The average cost of a complete tire set is $600. But here’s a table that gives you more than that:

Size Of WheelAll-Season TiresSnow / WinterPerformanceAll-Terrain
Small Wheels (12 to 15 inches) Example of small wheel cars: Compact cars
Golf carts
Between $80 and $150Between $100 and $150
Medium Wheels(16 to 20 inches)Example of small wheel cars: VansSU Vs Crossovers Small trucksBetween $100 and $250Between $200 and $450Between $100 and $750 (great variation)Between $150 and $250
Large Wheels (18 to 26 inches) Example of small wheel cars: All-terrain performance vehicles
Big trucks
Utility cars  
Between $140 and $170Between $200 and $1000Between $200 and $500


To this point, you know the difference between tires and wheels. You know their types and structures, so explaining them to someone won’t be a problem.

Also, you know if you’re supposed to go with TIRE or TYRE. And which is yours? Let me see your choice in the comment section.

Tires and wheels are essential, so understanding them makes your handling better. The two work together to move the vehicle. Besides, they also work with the suspension and brakes to help you avoid accidents.

And that’s it. Now, you can share this article with other car lovers.




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