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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:48 PM
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I avoided a major mishap today ...saved by one lug nut..

Not really sure what happened.
I was driving on the highway this morning that was recently grooved for new pavement.

While driving (about 65mph) the D90 felt like it was floating - which was odd as my truck usually handles really well. I thought wow these BFG mud terrains really handle bad on grooved payment...
About 30mins later I hit the exit ramp and the truck started swerving really bad. I thought I must have a flat so I pulled over and inspected the tires the all looked fine - Got back in the truck, bounced over the curb and I heard "thud, thud, thud..." pulled over again and discovered that my rear drivers side tire only had one lug nut on!

I was shocked! I jacked the truck up and installed some spare lugs that I just happend to have.

I am still not sure what happend or why. A couple months back I did remove the rear tire to tighten the half shaft - but do recall installing the lug nuts. I've driven the truck several times since that day.
I am just glad that that last lug nut held on. Kinda scarly....
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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:25 PM
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Yikes. Amazing you had spare lug nuts! I has a similar thing happen to me a few years back. I caught it just before it got really bad just as you did. It's scary to think what could've (and would've) happened.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 08:37 PM
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As a matter of course, I always recheck lugnuts first drive after doing brake or tire work. Glad you are ok.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:04 PM
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Good to hear you caught it Paul. I experienced similar today with my rear DS. Backed all four bolts out about halfway on the TC side.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 10:26 PM
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I have had this happen to me after taking a tire to get plugged. I think it was before I had bought a real breaker bar and was using the factory lug wrench. I was lucky and had run to get fuel and wasnt on the highway. Factory lug wrenches are useless Ive broken 3. I am paranoid about lug nuts now, I had some work done on my truck and the lug nuts hadn't been torqued down, dont trust anyone with your lugnuts. I am glad you didnt have an accident.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 10:29 PM
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I had a similar experience, after installing new QT front arms a re torque of the front L wheel lug nuts was neglected. After leaving the shop I put about 20 miles on it and I jumped on the I15, that did it... Once up to speed 65 mph I felt the dreaded death wobble, I slowed down and pulled onto the shoulder, just at the moment I came to a complete stop bamm the axle hub drooped onto the inner wheel....

Whew i was lucky that night never mind i rolled it 4 months later....
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Old May 16th, 2009, 10:59 PM
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I had my front wheel pass me one time in my old 411 VW

Everything was fine till I hit the brakes then it dropped down onto the blacktop... when I found my wheel it was about a block away
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Old May 17th, 2009, 04:01 AM
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Happened to me a couple years ago. I thought someone had fu(%ed with my truck, but the lug nuts had just backed out.

Good catch. Glad to hear you are OK
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Old May 17th, 2009, 12:40 PM
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Had it almost happen to me about 10 years ago with an old bronco. Developed a routine for installing lug nuts since then, and never had one loosen up on me since.

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Old May 17th, 2009, 11:05 PM
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Old May 18th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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Wow - I did not realize how common this lug nut issue was.
I'll definitely be double checking my lug nuts next time I remove my tires.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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Thanks guys, I really needed one more thing to worry me as I drive down the road!
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Old May 18th, 2009, 10:37 AM
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Well we certainly all have one thing in common... It'll never happen to us again! (knock on wood). I'm too anal about my lug nuts now.
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