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Add another one to the "You are not going to belive this" column...lugs came loose..

You are not going to belive this.. well maybe you will.. I don't know..

*editors note - this truck has NOT been offroad since February, street only*

I'll give the short version..

I'm driving down by the beach on Sunday (yesterday (PCH for the locals)), just cruising cause there were a lot of people lots of traffic. I start hearing this "tick, tick, tick," each time the tire goes around, and its speed sensative. So I figure its a rock in the tread, or I ran over some duct tape, or what ever, its that sound. So a mile or so later I swing into a gas station to check it out. Examine the tires, find nothing. Check the lug nuts....

4 of 5 on my back left tire were so loose I could spin them off by hand!!

Luckily I caught it in time. I pulled the wheel off and the holes are not ovaled and the studs are fine. I'm thinkin' that one tight nut saved me. I can only imagine what could have happened if I had gotten on the freeway and headed home instead of cruising the beach! Scary!

So check your lug nuts! Even you street guys!

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wtf thats weird... my centercaps hold 3 of my lugs so atleast ill have 3 that probably wont spin...
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damn... tha'ts scary..
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MAybe someone did it??? When i was in school a girl that lived by me called me and asked what was wrong with her car, she said its shaking really bad, and shes only going 25, i was like "ummm stop and dont move?" so she waited for me to turn around and go back and someone took 4 of her lug nuts on EVERY WHEEL....so i took her to school....she bought new lugnuts and it was fine....it was a DEL SLOW

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sounds like a torquing problem... who put the wheels on last?!
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sounds like a torquing problem... who put the wheels on last?!
America's Tire, I had them rotated probably back around Feb/March (its free, and I'm lazy). And they torqued them all to 100, first with torque stick on the impact then by hand. And no, I haven't had them off since then.

Odd huh..
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well i would talk to them about it. my bet is that their torque wrench is off calibration, they put too much anti seize, something.

you watched em the whole time?
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well i would talk to them about it. my bet is that their torque wrench is off calibration, they put too much anti seize, something.

you watched em the whole time?
Yea, I don't leave my truck alone with people, I'm weird like that.

They didn't put any anti-seize on them, and if it was the torque wrench why were the other 16 still tight? (belive me, I checked, lol.. )
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Yea, I don't leave my truck alone with people, I'm weird like that.

They didn't put any anti-seize on them, and if it was the torque wrench why were the other 16 still tight? (belive me, I checked, lol.. )
That there is a good point.....make any enemies lately? maybe someone was trying to steal em and got scared off before they could finish the job
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Yea, I don't leave my truck alone with people, I'm weird like that.

They didn't put any anti-seize on them, and if it was the torque wrench why were the other 16 still tight? (belive me, I checked, lol.. )
or why are all their other cars still on the road hassle free? sometimes they work themselves free, most times they won't. but if they mounted them they did SOMETHING wrong. maybe they mounted the rim on the hub bore crooked, but they did SOMETHING wrong, because properly torqued, clean lug nuts do NOT come lose. otherwise the fatory wouldnt put a spec on them.

Ide at least contact them...
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Ide at least contact them...
Maybe I'll swing by and get my tires rotated again and have a little 'chat' with them while they are at it.

The somebody did it theory, doesn't really work. Because I had just driven' 20 miles from my house (on the freeway) and didn't notice anything. Parked the truck within eye sight. Got back in went another 15 miles on the street, then it started to do it.

I'm leaning more towards freak incident or lug nut knomes...
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i think its a mix between freak accident and mechanic error...
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dang dude thats really weird makes me kinda scared...i need to go to that rght now..

that would of been nasty if it would of came off..
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Same happened to me 3/5 were loose.

for about a week I couldn't tell what that "tick" was. I thought it was a rock (just like you said) but I went through every possible area, and I finally got down to rotating my tires, and 3 spun off by hand...pretty scary.

I drive on the hwy a lot too!
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this just happened to me i posted a thread about it. it busted all my studs and there was only one tight one left on. it tore up my rotor and rim on the inside. im in the process of replacing the rotor but cant figure out how to get the damn thing off.
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i gotta go check mine now. ive heard a tickin for a few days now.
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Since I got my new wheels I check almost everyday...so far
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I had one fall off they were all tight and only one came loose!
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I make it a rule to check em when I do my oil change. I had something similar happen. I was doing 85mph and my rear end was shakin crazy on one side. Sure enough three were loose(Thanks Sears). Glad you caught it before you could call this thread "You're really not gonna believe this".
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lol...better check mine. i have that same noise. i couldnt figure out what it was though, i thought it was a rock too.
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ron white: so i went and got my tires rotated at sears. im driving though the parking lot and turned to the right. my wheel fell off, it fell off, it fell the f*ck off. apparently the mechanic missed lugnut day in mechanics school.
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Its possible that there was dirt between the wheel and the hub/brake drum when it was mounted and it didn't sit right and worked loose, which is why its recomened to torque them and then after a few hundred miles torque them again. I've had that happen and now I clean both surfaces and check the torque a few days after..
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yea too much antiseeze will loosen things up you don't want to come loose.

That's cool though no one was hurt and your truck seems alright. -Mike-
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*editors note - this truck has been offroad since February, street only*

you mean NOT off road right, lol I swear I read that 3 times before I realized there was a typo < me
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you mean NOT off road right, lol I swear I read that 3 times before I realized there was a typo < me
haha.. DOH!.. your right..
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