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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rebelk5frk, Jun 15, 2003.

  1. rebelk5frk

    rebelk5frk 1/2 ton status

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    Well I just moved from GA back home to TX a couple of weeks ago and I figured I'd share my experiences from the trip.

    The tip is: Make sure you have the right lug nuts and check the torque on them before driving 1000+ miles /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    It turns out I had the wrong type of lugnuts on my wheels and they worked loose. I made it about 4 hours from home and I lost my right rear wheel going about 75mph down the interstate while towing a vehicle on a tow dollie.

    Luckily there was no real damage done and no one got hurt. I slid down the highway and into the median for about 600 feet before coming to a stop.... While waiting for the tow truck I managed to find my lost wheel about 50 feet in front of my blazer on the opposite side of the road.

    Damage done.... 6 lugnuts, 6 lugs, brake drum, brake shoes, brake springs and linkage, and 1 gaping hole in my pocket after paying $400.00 for getting it towed away and repaired.

    It took me 3 1/2 days to make a stupid 16 hour trip. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    It was the worst trip I've ever had. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  2. landsmasher

    landsmasher 1/2 ton status

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    What do you mean you had the wrong lug nuts? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  3. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    dosent sound to good but glad to hear everybodys alright not not to much damage sounds like a good time for disk brakes though /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    landsmasher there a size REAL close to the same size as 10bolt lugs that will go on but not real well I bet thats what he had
     
  4. boggerless

    boggerless 1 ton status Premium Member

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    wow that sucks.it happened to my friends camaro. also watch out for people using a gun on aluminum wheel's. i almost lost my left front tire, because i was dumb enough not to retighten them. now i watch those punks to be sure they don't over tighten them and warp the rotor. word dog /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gifto /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
  5. rebelk5frk

    rebelk5frk 1/2 ton status

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    [ QUOTE ]
    What do you mean you had the wrong lug nuts?

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    It needed lugnuts with a tapered short shank.... the ones on there were regular short shank nuts.
     

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