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Old 03-01-2010, 12:56 PM
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So last night I was on my way back to school, and the front passenger side wheel and tire fell off the truck, and all 5 studs where cut flush, and it messed up the rotor pretty good. Not good while doing 60mph. Anyways, I have not touched the wheels or tires on the truck since I bought it in January, which had new tires put on the day before I picked it up. I have had no problems with them at all. I heard that if the lugs are too tight that it can cause too much friction and then the lugs can become loose and the studs snap. Is there any truth behind this?
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Ive never heard that. If they are overtightened I think the only thing you risk is breaking off the studs when you try and remove them later down the road.

Thats sucks but glad your okay.
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I heard that if the lugs are too tight that it can cause too much friction

Is there any truth behind this?
Not as described,,, An over-tightend bolt does not cause any 'friction' after it's been tightened.

You can overtighten and 'stretch' any bolt to the point of failure.
Bolts that have been stretched excessively may not snap if you stop tightening them, but they will be weakend.

In structural steel, bolt torque specifications for each 'lot' of bolts are obtained by the use of a device called a 'skidmore'.

What happened in your case? Not sure,,, might have had a gorilla tightening up the lugs on that one wheel,,,

,,,At one time or another,,,

Any chance someone at school messed with it????
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Sorry to hear that! I know your pain from first hand experience though. I had this happen on my 69 GTO. No fun.
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At least you held under pressure and came out ok.
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. I've never had this happen on a vehicle, but i've lost 2 trailer wheels like that, thank god our 9600lb trailers have 4, or i would've been screwed.
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Tirerack has this to say about tightening your lug nuts
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/...jsp?techid=107

maybe you should check the rest of your studs, your truck is at least 9 years old, if anyone in the past used a air gun set to higher than 70 pounds, it could have stressed the studs almost to the point of failure. a good tire shop sets the pressure below the specs & hand tightens the rest of the way, a cheater bar should not be used when tightening
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Wow well good thing your alright!! Thats gotta be a pain while driving. I would maybe think someone tried stealing them or something and someone caught them in the act so they left em loose. Or someone is jelous of you and tried ruin your ride.

I would look at all your other wheeels to see if any others are loose or overtightend. Well goodluck man! Hope everything goes well!
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