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Bummer - removed tire 1 wk after tire store put it on... snapped off the threads on one of the wheel studs

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Old September 22nd 04, 02:10 PM
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Default Bummer - removed tire 1 wk after tire store put it on... snapped off the threads on one of the wheel studs

This is a common occurrence at any tire place. A lot of places use an
air gun and do not care if the bolt is on properly or not and also do
not torque the bolts to the proper specs of each manufaturer. I used
to take my cars to this one tire place, and after having them strip 2
for 2 of my cars I haven't gone back to them since for tires. Luckily
I loosen the bolts and re-torque them to specs after I get the car
back, in case I should find that this occurs. This way the shop can't
make up any excuses that you took the car somewhere else.


On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 01:06:19 GMT, "KWW" >

>Bummer. Last week I had to get a tire replaced on my '93 Accord (alignment
>caused premature wear) and, today, as I loosened the lugnuts to do some
>other maintenance, one of them felt like it was binding. What was I to do?
>Honda uses domed lugnuts so I couldn't squirt any sort of lube there. I went
>ahead and loosened the nut. Got about 4 rounds off or so and then it
>sheared. Great! I bought the car used a year ago, and I don't know what
>the PO did with it, but since I've had it I have had the tires off numerous
>times, redid the brakes, etc... always tightened the nuts to specs per the
>manual. Well, all 4 of the threads on this wheel are lighter in appearance
>where the nut meets the threads. I wonder if someone was just in a hurry
>close to closing time and overtorqued it. They make a big deal about only
>tightening it to specs, use some dippy torque sticks on their airwrenches,
>but most of the time I just bring them a tire loose and have them replace it
>on the rim so that I don't have them messing with it...
>I dread what I will have to do since, when I was doing the brakes (front of
>car) a while ago, on the other side I HAD to take the rotor off to have it
>turned, I had a TERRIBLE time getting the bolts loose. This side didn't
>need to have the rotor turned, so I left it on. That means that I will
>have another terrible time getting this side loose.
>Anyway, what are the odds that
>(a) They will take any responsibility for the problem.
>(b) That is actually happened as a result of their actions?
>Maybe I can compromise and get them to loosen all of the bolts on the rotor
>using their airwrenches and then I can just tighten them close enough to
>spec so that I can drive it home and loosen them back myself.
>How difficult is it for a machine shop to press in another stud? As a
>general rule, should I go ahead and put in all 4 new? What do the shops


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