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Old 08-08-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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I need a spare wheel for my 1985 Uhaul 13. Ft
It uses the Chevrolet bolt pattern of 5 on 4.75 bolt circle
It is a 13 in x 4.5 (not sure on width)
Any help is appreciated

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Old 08-08-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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The hubs are from a Chevrolet Citation,Circa 1980. Take a look on the inside of the wheel for a stamp that says GM and/or a number. The Citation was front drive so you may find that it has a bit of positive offset. Check the junkyard. if they no longer have a Citation they can cross reference the wheel to something that will fit.
For a spare maybe check for a minispare rim It is probably wide enough to accept a small trailer tire.

If it is a 13X4.5 the 4.5 is likely the width which is common for minispare wheels
I don't recall what came on the Citation 35 years ago but it could be that narrow for the street tire.
My U-haul car dolly from the same era also had sealed bearings with a positive offset wheel I don't recall the size offhand so who knows? maybe the same parts?
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:59 PM   #3
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Thanks
I take a look and see what I can find

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Old 08-09-2015, 06:48 AM   #4
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There are rumors that if you go to a Uhaul Rental Center that there are still some wheels available, the part number for new steel wheels is 23516006, and they're about $70 each. The lug nuts are part number 23487036.

If that does not work then you can look for wheels from:

1980–1985 Buick Skylark
1980–1985 Chevrolet Citation
1980–1984 Oldsmobile Omega
1980–1984 Pontiac Phoenix

Not a highly collectable car but some did have some nice wheels and am sure there are still some around. But I guess the size your looking for would be for the donut spare wheel.
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:05 AM   #5
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The Uhaul wheels have an odd offset unique to them. This is necessary for wheel well clearance. All this information is in the document center, including part numbers. Some owners have had success in purchasing a wheel from a Uhaul service center, others have found some don't want to bother. Best source of info is on the Uhaul Facebook site.
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The Uhaul wheels have an odd offset unique to them. This is necessary for wheel well clearance. All this information is in the document center, including part numbers. Some owners have had success in purchasing a wheel from a Uhaul service center, others have found some don't want to bother. Best source of info is on the Uhaul Facebook site.
Normal small trailer wheels are zero offset,could the "odd offset" to which you refer be the positive offset of a typical front drive car? Like the Citation?
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Normal small trailer wheels are zero offset,could the "odd offset" to which you refer be the positive offset of a typical front drive car? Like the Citation?
It is a very positive offset, that being the rim of the wheel is set back from the center. I don't know how much offset a Citation wheel has so can't say how they compare. OP will have to get one and see how they fit if he can't find a source for an original. I once heard the "newer" model Corvair wheel would fit but never found one to try. I was able to obtain a used original Uhaul wheel so my search ended at that point. Opinion is that Uhaul used parts specific to their units, likely as theft deterrent
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:10 PM   #8
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This is from the UHaul FB forum

UHaul Rim
13" Diameter x 5 1/2" wide
Backspace: 4 1/2"
Offset: 1 7/8" positive
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 4.75
Center Circle: 3"
Studs: 12mm or 7/16

Hopefully this helps.
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The Olds Omega was a rear wheel drive. Had one back in the day, really good car but I'm positive it was rear wheel drive.
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I believe the name was later applied to a variant of the Chevy Citation, which was GM's first stab at a mass market front-wheel drive car. They had a lot to learn. A number of good nameplates were sabotaged in the process.
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The Olds Omega was a rear wheel drive. Had one back in the day, really good car but I'm positive it was rear wheel drive.
Remember it was a Nova ...N.O.V.A....
Nova.......Chevrolet
Omega....Oldsmobile
Ventura...Pontiac
Apollo.....Buick
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I recall it had a small V8 that ran forever. Maybe a 260? Only real problem ever had was a leaf spring locator pin broke on a trip once. Allowed the axle to slide back and dog track.


But it sounds like that was from the version that won't have wheels for the OP so enough nostalgia. sniff.... sniff
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Old 08-10-2015, 03:37 PM   #13
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Been to rental center..............no luck
Also been on line and phone to U-Haul...............no luck

So far the Citation sounds like the best bet .......I'll see

Thanks for all the comments
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