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Old 07-29-2012, 02:13 PM
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This was an issue back in 02 when the 3rd gens first came out. The problem that people were using a 22mm socket instead of a 7/8" socket. Yes, they are very close in size, but the 22mm is just a tad larger. The use of this larger socket on the plastic covered lug nuts was deforming the plastic and rounding the flat edges.

I went round and round with the dealership when I had my 02, but ended up nowhere. I ended up getting a nice set of McGard lug nuts and I'm still using them today (on my 3rd Ram).

I still believe this should be a warranty issue. Get Chrysler involved if you have to.
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well using an impact on the chargers and challengers rips this stupid fake ass lugs apart and we have to cut the covers off to get to the real lug its stupid use a frigin solid lug for f sakes
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WTF? A Dodge dealer cannot remove a part that a Dodge factory installed? That, my friend, is the definition of BULLS**T!!!
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Have friend who experienced this with his Jeep. I was actually there dropping him off to pick it up and was waiting to make an appointment when I heard his conversation with the service manager.

Service manager explained they could not rotate the tires because the nuts where stuck and it would be better for him to get them off himself instead of paying them $90.00 an hour to do it. He just looked at him and said I did not put them on there, you put them on there, why should it be my responsibility to get something off that you got stuck on there. Service manager went and talked to someone and came back and said bring it in tomorrow we will look after it.

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the only time that the dealership will ever touch my wheels again, is when a brake job is needed
I replaced my chrome clads & Wrangler tires with Michelins & MB Stryker wheels

besides my dealership does not rotate the tires correctly, they don't use the X pattern, only front to back & vice versa,
the X pattern is suppose to be used unless the tires have a Rotational Arrow on them
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What's the possibility that they aren't actually swollen, but some nimrod in the service bay had the air turned up too high on his impact wrench, and they are actually stripped or galled?

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well the lug nuts being seized is due to whoever was rotating the tires probably cross threaded them. that is their responsibility. now the lug nuts is just normal. all dodge, jeep, and chrysler lug nuts are crap. they have a steel lug nut with some cheep metal sleeve over it. they are called "happy caps". with normal use, no matter if you use a 22mm or a 7/8, they will deform. do not replace them with oem dodge lug nuts. gorilla makes a replica dodge lug nut but its solid steel and is chrome plated. they made those for a reason!! and they look better.
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Just going to point out that your lugs CAN'T swell. Last I checked steel only expanded due to thermal changes (and usually only a torch will get it to swell enough to prevent the nut from backing off)...and since I sell fasteners for a living I know just a little bit about it. They are either cross threaded, over torqued, or corroded/galled on. Next time demand to walk in the back and make sure they start the nuts by hand. I have aftermarket wheels and tires, and they place I got them from is the only place that I will let touch them...I keep my lug adapter whenever I have service done.
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I have never heard of this before and I lived in a snow state with road salt and I never had a lug nut issure on any car less than 10 years old. If you have ram wheels and their lugs then they should have to take them off if it breaks too bad them they should put new studs in. If you had aftermarket rims and lugs then they could make up an excuse but these are dodge parts. Only issue I had was a NTB not tighten all the lugs on my 98 Trans Am. A month later studs started breaking and when I tried to tighten the few left there were 2 different lugs so I only had one lug key. I called them and said it had been to long I said I have 50 miles since the tires were removed. I drove to another NTB with a manager who had a trans am with my same wheels and explained it to him, he checked the miles and they did several hundred dollars of work and parts for free. All new studs and lug nuts, best part he called the other store manager reaming his ass and told him to expect the bill for the repair. I know use that location for all my alignments
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Just rotated my tires like I have always done. 2005 with 58000 miles and 3 of my 20 lug nuts I can't get a socket on them to tighten them. I'm not sure how I got them off in the first place. This is silly to replace lug nuts after 6 years of ownership.

I will look into the Gorilla ones or Mcgard ones now, thanks
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