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Old 10-23-2008, 10:50 AM
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Check your lugnuts

This is a very good reason why you need to check your lugnuts, especially with alloy wheels. Luckily the wheel came off while turning into a driveway, so no one was hurt.

I never saw a loose wheel pull the studs out of a rotor, usually they just shear and let the wheel fall off....but now I have.
This is a 4x4 Ranger pickup wheel, with the locking hub still held in the wheel by the 3 studs that pulled through.

Check your nuts regularly.

Later, mikey
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Aww man, that sucks. Definitely could have been worse.

I have never lost a wheel on anything- knock on wood- but I will heed your advice.

I use a torque wrench on my stuff. Alloy wheels are kinda bad about this too.
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I first heard about this 11 years ago from a off road race team owner. His personal truck he used to pull his buggy had alloy wheels, and he told me they had come off in the past. He also said that he had to re-torque them after 100 miles, and again after another 100 miles.

Since I heard of this, I have no longer used a 'impact' to tighten lug nuts on any type of wheel. I only use a torque wrench, and request everyone with alloy wheels to come back after 100 miles for a re-torque.

This had become a 'habit' to me, and I did not think, or have not thought about it since. I also did not think about it being important enough to add to my "posts" page on my own website. It will be added now!

Thanks for the 'cup of coffee', or 'wake up call' Mike
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:21 PM
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I sent a truck home with a guy one time with a brand new set of Torque thrust wheels that I had torqued on with a Torque wrench...Told him to retorque his wheels after 50 miles, then 200, then check once every thousand miles or so. Even wrote it on his receipt.

He said he had a good torque wrench, but apparently it never came out of the tool box. He lost a front wheel after about 300 miles.

I always double check each wheel, and torque wheels on every car that comes in here.

BTW, the truck in the first post belongs to a relative who has never had the truck anywhere near my shop.....till now.

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THERE ISN'TANYTHING WRONG WITH MY NUTS!























Oh you said lugnuts, good thing nothng worse happeded to the truck.
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I just got a '92 Ranger 4x4 with the alloy wheels, havn't checked the lugnuts, but tomorrow, I'm gonna put the torque wrench to them... my mom used to have a problem with the wheels on her '02 concorde, as they would loosen themselves up.. the lug seats were worn out, so we went to the junkyard and got a set of '96 Intrepid wheels ( same car/ tire size ) with really nice tires.. fixed and looks sportier
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But------be careful not to over tighten

Did this on my 59 and lost 2 studs. Galled and would not loosen up

Now a little anti-sieze and no more "gorrilla" wrenching
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Mikey-----that looks like an aluminum hub.

Something tells me that an aluminum hub, 4x4, and steering will not quite go together. Especially in "lock" or low gears.
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Mikey-----that looks like an aluminum hub.

Something tells me that an aluminum hub, 4x4, and steering will not quite go together. Especially in "lock" or low gears.

On the Rangers, Explorers, and other compact ford 4wds, the locking hub has a flange that is sandwiched between the rotor and wheel. Those are expensive, and if you replace one, you are supposed to replace the other. At 190.00 each for some new ones off of ebay, that wound up being the most expensive part of the whole job.




A new junkyard rim was 97.00. 2 rotors were 22.00 each,(for 22.00 why replace only one) new set of pads were 25.

I'm going to do enough hack bodywork to let the door swing open...practice my PDR skills..

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