Difference between “Wheel” and ” Tires”

I assume that this is one of the US English and UK English differences. Which is the most common phrase:

1) I need new “wheels” for my car.


2) I need new “tires” for my car.


Generally speaking, a wheel is a round object with a hub and an axle. A tire is the rubber part of a wheel that grips the road.

Not all wheels have tires. For example, a gyroscope wheel might not have a tire. An old covered wagon wheel would not have a tire, either, but the covered wagon would still have four wheels. A small lawn mower wheel might be cast entirely from plastic, so the mower may not have tires, either.

Wheels are for rolling (or sometimes spinning, consider a roulette wheel, for example); tires are for traction.

In an automobile, the wheels on a car consist of the rims and the tires. We generally replace tires, not wheels (the slang usage mentioned by WendiKidd notwithstanding). That said, a mechanic may explain how a transmission sends power from the engine to the wheels.

In short, the tire is part of some wheels.

Source : Link , Question Author : Stefan Weiss , Answer Author : J.R.

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