Yes. Luckily I was in the neighborhood going slow and when I stopped the axle was sitting inside the wheel. No studs sheared off but all nuts were MIA. Had some spare nuts so I jacked 'er up, put the tire back on, and went on my merry way. I now torque all my nuts and periodically check them.
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Happened to my brother he was going down the highway 65 MPH and the axle was stuck in the wheel almost no damage was done. He got really lucky. He thinks some kids tried to steal his tires but couldn't get the tire off the ground hahaha 35s are good for something
Yup, add one to the "it happened to me". Driving down the highway I felt a bad wobble, but thankfully I was able to get off the highway and tighten it enough to get me home. What ended up happening (my fault I suppose) was that my studs had already seen 200k miles and I didn't think that they needed to be replaced, and just with my tire wrench, I must have over-torqued and the studs barely broke free. A few miles later, the nuts started loosening...
Needless to say, every stud and nut was replaced that day.
I had someone loosen the lug nuts on my old Cherokee Chief, I think someone tried to steal my tires or was really angry with me. I went to make a left hand turn & it snapped the studs on the rear wheel, I turned & the wheel kept going straight. It wasn't funny at the time but it is now every time I think about all the people trying to dodge my 33" baha claw as it was bouncing down the busy road. Luckily I had a spare d44 because it smashed the brake drum & tore all of the brake components off except the wheel cylinder.
Had it happen to me many years ago. I left work at 6 am in my 69 Mustang and something just didn't feel right and so I thought I better stop to see what was wrong. As i stopped I could feel the car drop some. When I got out I could see the tire was still in the wheel well but the car landed on the rear tire and the strange part was the tire never fell over. That's when I could see it wasn't attached and just sitting there. Good thing I had those stupid wide tires everyone had back in the 80's. I combed the road and found 3 of the lug nuts. I jacked up the car and managed to get 2 lug nuts on since 3 of the studs broke off. Had an extra 9" rear end at home and just swapped axle shafts when I got home.
I can't wait to drive that car again!
Had it happen to me about a year ago in my Dodge Ram on 35" tires going down I-75. Felt the wobble and slowed down. The exit was a few hundred yards away and I tried to nurse it to the exit, which was a mistake. Sheared all 5 lug nuts clean off and my wheel and tire went rolling into the woods. When the front end hit the ground going about 45, it snatched the steering wheel so hard that I thought i'd broke my wrist. Luckliy, I was in the far right lane and the front right tire came off, so the truck got snatched into the emergency lane. Brake disc left a serious gouge in the asphalt.
The guy at the tire shop told me that it was caused by repeated over-torquing of the lug nuts with an impact gun (I was guilty as charged). He said that most likely several others had failed and I hadn't noticed until I down to my last 2 and at that point, they go quick.