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Old July 4th, 2010, 10:57 PM
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DANGER - wheel spacers maintenance

I took my vehicle for service for a noise coming from the rear axle area that started 2 days ago . I had checked the area of the noise but found nothing lose . My mechanic called and stated that the front driver side wheel spacer was so lose that when the vehicle was raise on the lift the wheel could be moved by hand in and out .The mechanic checked all spacers and found all to be lose and some spacer nuts could be turned by hand . All the surfaces were cleaned and the spacers reinstalled with loctite . Please check your spacers , this incident could have turn very ugly specially at HWY speeds . Happy fourth to all.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 11:06 PM
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you got those cheap ones from eBay or the expensive ones?
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Old July 4th, 2010, 11:40 PM
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Have these on the vehicle but I think my problem was trusting a local tire shop install . My mechanic stated the problem was probably due to the dirty surface of the wheel hubs when initial installation of the spacers at the tire shop. http://www.ezaccessory.com/Wheel_Ada.../5650-5650.htm .
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I've been using a set from RTE for about 8 years and never have had an issue with them coming loose. The only thing I don't like about them is the studs are a different thread, so I use steel Rover lug nuts to hold them on the hub, but have to use the lug nuts that came with them on the spacer studs. But they work fine.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Doesn't hurt to check the tightness of the lug nuts every once in a while either. After I had my new tires installed at a shop I did a lot of driving on dirt roads (a lot of vibration). One day driving back from Mt Hood I got crazy vibrations in the steering wheel going 70mph on the freeway. Turns out all but one lug nuts had vibrated loose and fallen out. I only had one semi loose lug nut left on one of the front wheels! Could have been ugly. Now I use Loc Tite (or similar) and check the tightness periodically.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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I always use Never-Seeze on lug nuts, have for the last 30+ years. I've never had any come loose, but I always use the right lug nuts for the application and torque to spec.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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They were Toronado lug nuts for Toronado wheels and they were torqued to spec at the tire place where I bought them. Excessive vibration seem to have loosened them. Big fan of the anti-seize since then.

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I always use Never-Seeze on lug nuts, have for the last 30+ years. I've never had any come loose, but I always use the right lug nuts for the application and torque to spec.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Weird. The only wheels I've seen where lugnuts would come loose during use was the old white spokes in the 70's, where the centers were just steel plate and didn't have the crush zone around the studs.
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