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Old 10-12-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default So...someone "borrowed" my wheel

Woke up this week and found my car on a jack, and one wheel missing (yes, I live in a city where this happens). They left all the pieces to the jack, and the wheel cover. After calling junk yards, I found a replacement OEM wheel 96 miles away and picked it up. A few more hours later, I had a new tire from a shop. So, for about the cost of a window replacement, I'm now up a jack and have a clean rim (just one). Which is great, because my jack rusted out because the trunk leaks.

Question: I know Saturns used to be high on the "easy to steal" lists, and even know someone who drove the wrong Saturn home from Target on accident (yah, the key worked), but I didn't think anyone cared about Saturn Rims.

My friend though thinks that it's for a different car as the 4-colt pattern is the same as Honda/Civics. Is that true? Given that it was only one wheel - I think I just contributed to our neighborhood fund.

Also on the plus side, I got to know my local junk yards.. pretty nice guys and I might use them in the future.
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: So...someone "borrowed" my wheel

Pretty much every small car ever use's the 4x100 lug pattern. The only "gotcha" with the S-Series is the stupid-large hub...hard to find wheels to fit the S-Series but they fit on darn near everything else.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:08 AM   #3
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Pretty much every small car ever use's the 4x100 lug pattern. The only "gotcha" with the S-Series is the stupid-large hub...hard to find wheels to fit the S-Series but they fit on darn near everything else.
Honda civics...... I don't know how many sets of steel 14s and 15s I've sold to Hondafanboys.... but their hub bore is 56.1 and we are 57.1
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They might be the most common *shrugs*
Here's a list of all the 4x100 cars out there
https://www.wheel-size.com/pcd/4x100/

Just because it's on the list doesn't mean it'll fit the S-Series, most other cars have a smaller hub and it's usually not worth the machine shop cost to fix it.
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I don't even take the keys out of any of our cars.....


And I have lived here over 30 years.


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So, for about the cost of a window replacement, I'm now up a jack and have a clean rim (just one). Which is great, because my jack rusted out because the trunk leaks.
lol. I always knew crime did pay but never thought of it being win-win

Trunk fix is pretty easy - remove panels and reseal, or drill enough small holes to let the water out (and paint the bare metalto prevent rust)

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My friend though thinks that it's for a different car as the 4-colt pattern is the same as Honda/Civics. Is that true?
As a former presidential candidate once said, "at this point, what does it matter?"

Some thief wanted it and took it, and you are out time and money. Sorry, man, I hate reading about those kinds of things. But at least it wasn't left on cinder blocks or just lowered onto the ground.

Hey, does your new jack have a Saturn part number on it, or a Honda part number? Might be a clue on where the part went to, assuming the jack wasnt also stolen.
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I've got a set of nice original 5 spoke Toyota MR2 Spyder wheels in my garage that I had on my 01 Corolla, and although they're the same 4x100mm pattern, the hub bore is just too small to fit the SL2... I've considered boring them out to run them, but just haven't bothered to even try yet lol
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:42 AM   #8
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Thanks guys,

I didn't know that about our wheel. Sounds like we're a "universal donor". :P

Should it happen again, is the clearance the same across all S-Series wheels and years? I might not try to find an exact replacement, and just go for something that matches the size.
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Default Re: So...someone "borrowed" my wheel

I believe the steel wheels use a different offset from the alloy wheels but they all interchange without issue, at least when paired with a stock size tire.

All stock alloy wheels are 15", not all stock type steel wheels are 15"...some are 14".
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