PCD = Pitch Circle Diameter

PCD = Pitch Circle Diameter

What Does PCD Mean? PCD stands for Pitch Circle Diameter and essentially is the measurement of how many wheel nuts or wheel bolts your vehicle has on each wheel and how far apart those nuts or bolts are placed in mm.

For example, a vehicle with a 5×120 PCD will take five wheel nuts or wheel bolts, with each spaced 120mm apart. 

Most cars, trucks and SUVs will come in either 4 stud, 5 stud or 6 stud PCDs, though 3 stud and even 8 stud variations do exist. PCD is one of the biggest considerations you need to be aware of in order to be sure that a wheel will fit your car. If there’s even a few mm difference between your vehicle’s PCD and the wheel PCD, the wheel won’t be able to safely fit onto your vehicle.

There are countless examples of different PCD patterns, but luckily in recent years most car manufacturers have started to simplify their PCD stud patterns. As a result, there’s usually only a dozen or so different PCD possibilities currently in circulation.

 

COMMON CAR PCDS

But first, if you’re looking for a quick answer to what PCD your car takes, we’ve compiled a list below of the 10 most popular cars in NZ 2021 and their PCD patterns:

  1. Ford Ranger – 6×139.7
  2. Toyota Hilux – 5×114.3 & 6×139.7
  3. Mitsubishi Outlander – 5×114.3
  4. Toyota RAV4 – 5×114.3
  5. Mitsubishi ASX – 5×114.3
  6. Mitsubishi Triton – 5×114.3 & 6×139.7
  7. Toyota Corolla – 4×100 & 4×114.3 & 5×100 & 5×114.3
  8. Nissan Navara – 6×114.3 & 6×139.7
  9. Tesla Model 3 – 5×114.3
  10. Mazda CX-5 – 5×114.3