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Old 05-27-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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my wheel wont stay tight!

I just put on new brake pads and when i was driving down the road i felt a vibe when coming to a stop so i got out to check it out and my left front wheel lugs were loose. I tightened them and then about 10 miles down the road it happened again. So now everywhere i stop i make sure they are tight..

What could be causing this?

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What are you torquing them to?

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Old 05-27-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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as tight as i can get them by hand right now because im not home yet.
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Finger tight just don't cut it Do you have aluminum wheels???
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Torque specs on aluminum wheels on Jeep I think it is 110-120 ft/lb
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probably more like 90, but not a big difference. either you aren't getting them tight, or you left it loose, and now the lugs are damaged, the threads are screwed up and it won't tighten all the way.

was there a lot of corrosion on the hub??
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The allowable range for the Wrangler's 1/2"x20 lug nuts is anywhere from around 85 to 110 ft-lbs.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:03 AM   #8
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:37 AM   #9
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well it stayed tight on the way home and yes aluminum wheels.
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as tight as i can get them by hand right now because im not home yet.

are you using a lug wrench/ socket/ratchet? or just your fingers?
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are you using a lug wrench/ socket/ratchet? or just your fingers?

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Take 1 lugnut off each of your other wheels & install them on your problem wheel. Torque them to spec's & install the others. Problem solved.
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Its a damn shame how things that get old get less tight
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Its a damn shame how things that get old get less tight
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oh my bad i made that sound really bad. I meant last night i was getting it as tight as i could strength wise with my rachet. My wheels have too small of openings so i cant use a lug wrench on them. Well this morning i torqued them to 96 lbs and it hasnt gotten any looser and ive driven to and from work, so i think im good now.
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I can't really tell from the little pic but are those AR39 wheels (Shadow directional)???
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oh my bad i made that sound really bad. I meant last night i was getting it as tight as i could strength wise with my rachet. My wheels have too small of openings so i cant use a lug wrench on them. Well this morning i torqued them to 96 lbs and it hasnt gotten any looser and ive driven to and from work, so i think im good now.
Re-torque them again at 50 miles and again at 500.
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yea i will be checking my lugs daily lol. And no they are american spirit mag wheels.
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Re-torque them again at 50 miles and again at 500.

2x, aluminum wheels are pain in the arse. They will "loosen" as they get seated. Get one of those big cross tire wrenches. That works best. The smaller size cross wrenches would not fit for my rims as they would hit the sides lol.
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2x, aluminum wheels are pain in the arse. They will "loosen" as they get seated. Get one of those big cross tire wrenches. That works best. The smaller size cross wrenches would not fit for my rims as they would hit the sides lol.
Ummm....I'd get a good torque wrench in order to torque them to the proper specs.
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why is there a problem with hand tightening each bolt to 200 lb?

But yes a 1/2" torque wrench and a 10" extension would work great also.

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