Frequently Asked Questions

Does Alcoa have wheels for all trucks?
Yes, and you can order them with every new truck or trailer model. For a complete list, check out our full line of wheels.

Where can I buy Alcoa products?
Contact one of our Sales managers or Sales Service Representatives or contact the nearest Alcoa distributor.

Can I convert a steel wheel into an Alcoa wheel on my truck?
Yes, but you may need different studs/nuts. See Technical data.

Basically:
  • Steel wheels are fitted with short studs and standard capnuts
  • 26mm Alcoa wheels are fitted with long studs and standard capnuts
  • 32mm Alcoa wheels are fitted with short studs and special Alcoa capnuts.

What is the weight difference between an Alcoa and a steel wheel?
Check out weight savings table.

How much weight can be saved on a truck/trailer combination with Alcoa wheels?
On a common combination 4x2 truck and three axle semi-trailer with wide base wheels, you can save up to 220 kg versus steel wheels.
For other configurations, check out our weight savings potential.

How long does an Alcoa wheel last?
Under normal circumstances Alcoa wheels can last 15 years and more.
See story “Greenwood Bros & Gaskell, U.K. - Winner of the “oldest Alcoa wheel” competition” in our Newsletter. Depending on the application rim horn wear can occur sooner or later. For more details on rim horn wear, please contact our European sales service center.

Is special maintenance required for Alcoa wheels?
No, but regular maintenance is recommended. Alcoa wheels are non-coated, non-painted. Therefore, cleaning has to be done with specific products. If you follow the right procedures, the luster will stay for years. For more info about cleaning products and procedures, check out our line of wheel care products.

Can I paint Alcoa wheels?
Yes, painting is possible, but it is not recommended nor is it guaranteed by Alcoa. According to the current coating/painting technologies used, there is no layer that can last forever. In worst cases, the varnish peels off after one year in service. On top of that, the aluminium we use, in its natural state, develops its own oxide layer, which protects the wheel from most corrosive attacks.