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Old 02-09-2003, 06:11 PM
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Well, after five years of running my shop, it finally happened, my worst fear of all, a customer's wheel decided to exit the vehicle it was on. Thank god nobody was hurt except a quarter panel. I just about freaked out when my customer called me and told me what happened. It was a Ford Expedition with those funky washer type lug nuts, the wheel was torqued with a wrench, but I think maybe it was "****ed" on the hub, and worked itself loose, I think I'll try to stick to rebuilding carburetors and engines!!!! Check your lugs, guys!!!

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Old 02-09-2003, 07:00 PM
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I had something like that happen to a friend.He has a 94 ford ranger splash and as he was driving the axle broke right behind the brake and the wheel just fell off.Glad to hear everyonw was ok,will you have to pay for the damage's?
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i had a wheel fall off a 72 impala once...
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I don't touch anyones car at all nomore.Last time I put an altenator on a Ford Topaz two days later the car caught on fire.Was told I wired it wrong(oneway plugs)turns out the parts house got a bad batch of alts. and had several problems and paid for the damages.Imagine if I was the first one.
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:35 PM
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NAIRB,
You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel, four hor**y women and a crop in the field. I'v had some sad time, lived through the bad times, this time the car is a deal, you picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel. It sounds better when kenny does his version. Sorry bout th wheel.

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Old 02-09-2003, 07:59 PM
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That's some good lyrics grt48! You oughtta move to Nashville!
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Last corner in a 10 lap race...I had brakes the leader didn't...stunning pass on the inside with only a hundred feet to the finish line when the left inside wheel exited stage left and I looped the car...literally feet from the finish line. I had come from behind in 7th place and worked my way to the front and completely blew it on the last corner, I only had myself to blame because I was the only crew member! Yah I choked on that one...ever try to find three lugnuts on a race track so you can get home?

Now I know why the guys have a pit crew member out snugging wheel bolts after the car has warmed up. I don't know how the Nascar guys do it, they must use some kind of lockwasher. Aluminum street wheels are the worst, forgings are much better with steel inserts.
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When I built my 64 Impala I put unalug aluminum wheels on it. These wheels came loose twice and I pulled them off in favor of chevy ralleys and no more problems. My son put the wheels on his 68 Olds and ended up loosing a wheel. Didn't damage anything but he traded them off to some guy who liked the way they looked even after my son told him about his problem with them.


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I am just glad everyone involved is ok.

When I was 16 , my uncle had just finished his 66 Corvette roadster. He had the knock off wheels and I guess the directions were wrong. If installed as instructed the wheel would get looser upon acceleration. ( if the safety pin fell out ) Doing about 70 on the highway the left rear wheel came off. It ground the IRS down about an inch by the time he stopped the car. I nearly wet m'self.

Last fall I had a friend helping me with the brakes on my van. I let him tighten the wheels but did not double check. On the highway once I hit 50 it was all over the road. I pulled over to check the wheels and all 4 were ready to fall off and I was missing 6 lug nuts. Now I never trust anyone else to help with the vehicles.

A local tire shop make you sign a waiver stating the you double checked the lugs with a torque wrench.
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