What to do if you broke a lug on your wheel.
A lug nut or wheel nut is a fastener, specifically a nut, used to secure a wheel on a vehicle. Typically, lug nuts are found on automobiles, trucks (lorries), and other large vehicles using rubber tires.
MVS Forum Member charlyW asks:
I’ve had a wheel bolt [lug nut] break on me had a good look at it found the metal is two different colours a nice shiney grey and the dull white so guessing it was fatigue in the metal after 13 years of being buzz gun done up aka the sort used at fast fit tyre companies.
Is there a replacement schedule or advisory for wheel bolts ?
MVS Forum Member MNCO1 replied:
There was a posting somewhere not long ago where a wagon had lost a wheel in mid drive. The bolts had sheared. There was a bunch of damage needless to say. So they check the lug bolts on the other wheels and found an unreasonable amount of force needed to remove them. Thinking 85 pounds is the normal. It took 160 foot pounds to undo them. It was the careless use of an air gun that did them in. Discount oil/lube changing and discount tire stores, stay away from them. 😕
MVS Forum Member jblackburn adds:
I had to literally jump on the tire iron to get 2 of mine off when I had to change to the spare tire. All auto shops way over-torque the darn things, which not only might break the lug bolts, it’ll warp your rotors and destroy the hubs.
I generally tighten mine and then throw my weight against it for another 1/4 turn and call them good.
I’ve never had one break on me though