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Old 06-14-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Tire fell off

Today my lug nuts just fell off and I went crashing into the pavement anyone else har this happen?
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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Happened to a buddy in his '47 Willys with 35's Swampers. Makes for a great story now.

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Old 06-14-2012, 01:56 PM   #3
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Not to that extent but I was driving my sisters jeep and her light nuts came loose but luckily I looked out the window and saw it going crazy and stopped in time to jack it up and tighten them. But 1 stud broke off.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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Sounds like someone didn't torque the lug nuts. A big must on any vehicle.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:16 PM   #5
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Sounds like someone didn't torque the lug nuts. A big must on any vehicle.
Go bop the last guy who did your tire rotation.

Happened to me once when I had just exited the freeway, but luckily i felt it clunking and pulled over. Tire was held on by one lug nut, which was almost completely loose itself.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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Nope, never had that happen.
However, if I did, I'd start the story like this.....
"Let me tell you about the last time I pooped in my pants..."
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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It happened in my buddys YJ one day. Luckily it didnt come off. We were 16 and couldnt figure out what was going on. we got back to his house and only had one lug nut left . Scary as hell
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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Had it happen to me on a Bronco II. I put new shocks on it had a mind fart and didn't torque the lug nuts. Drove it about 200 miles to a Ski area and was driving around the parking lot looking for a place to park and the left front came off. Feeling dumb, that was me Oh yeah , had a $100 plus tow bill and needed a new fender, $500., also.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #9
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Happened to me once on the way to school. I took all the tires off to throw on wheel spacers and accidently forgot to tighten one of the wheel's lugs
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #10
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Good idea to check 'em once in awhile. Part of the pre-op on trucks.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #11
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Nope, never had that happen.
However, if I did, I'd start the story like this.....
"Let me tell you about the last time I pooped in my pants..."
Awesome!
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did you sheer off any lugs? Or were they just loose?
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:44 PM   #13
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Nope, In the Marines we already have broke stuff and do our PCI's.

Hope its an easy fix for you
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #14
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Yup. Took my brand new 2005 Ford Taurus to the dealer for a oil change & tire rotation before driving from lower Alabama to Tacoma, WA. Picked up the car, headed away, hit 45 mph and the front end started shacking real bad. So I got in the middle turn lane and as soon as I touched the brakes the front left tire fell off and wedged between the fender and the ground. I was super pissed. I ran a mile back to the dealer and flipped out on the manager in the show room. We went back to to talk to the mechanic and he swore he put the lugs back on. So I walked over to his station and they were under the arm of the lift. I lost it once again.

They had the car towed back to the shop, got me a rental and repaired everything.

I was just glad it wasn't my wife at the time driving, she would have cause a major accident if she was lol.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #15
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Yes I've had it happen. I had a '69 Chevy C10 pickup. I just put a new engine in it and was breaking it in on a dirt county road. Everything was great until I felt a vibration. The back dropped several inches and I noticed the rear passenger side tire rolling in front of me.

Good thing it wasn't my engine!
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #16
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This reminds me of this one that I came in to work to find. Kid put wheel spacers on and didn't really tighten anything down
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #17
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happened to me. totally my fault. i had to drill out a lug nut because it completely siezed and i broke another lug nut trying to remove it. and to top it all off i lightly tightened them because i was scared they would sieze again. i was driving down the highway when the jeep violently shook and i thought i just lost a tire as my jeep lurched to the left. As i was pulling over i said oh wait no i didnt as i watched it pass my on the highway. I watched it continue down the highway as it went for the center divide, it jumped about 10 feet in the year when it hit the barrier and fortunately it came down on my side and traveled another hundred yards before it fell down in the shoulder. i was in front of a car dealership and was able to borrow a floor jack and i was able to put it back on and drive home. Weird part about it while i was fixing it a cop thought it was a good time to pull me over (not really because i was already pulled over) and insisted on seeing my license and registration. Worst part was i was on my back from the liquor store and had a keg of miller lite riding shotgun.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #18
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I watched it continue down the highway as it went for the center divide, it jumped about 10 feet in the year when it hit the barrier and fortunately it came down on my side and traveled another hundred yards before it fell down in the shoulder.
You were lucky it didn't hop the barrier. A few years back, a Calif Highway patrol officer got killed by a runaway tire doing exactly that. Imagine, the closure rate of 120mph as the tire slams into someones windshield... F=MA.
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Happened to my son's YJ, I had replaced the brake calipers, rotors and pads. I tightened my side, he tightened the other. "his" side came apart doing 45 mph. Ruined the rotor, and broke two lug nut studs. We used the borrow other lugnuts method to get the wheel back on, then slowly drove home. The lugs were tight, he just didn't align them correctly into the wheel and they were offset just a tad. Cost me an extra rotor, but I DID find out how to change the studs!

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:54 PM   #20
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Could be someone tried to steal the tire and just didn't get the job done
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Happened to me in my old YJ. On the way home from a wheeling weekend. My brother was behind me driving his 79 ford pickup with slide-in camper 16' car trailer and cj-7. He was so close to hitting me it wasn't funny. The tire flew across the road, hit the guardrail, bounced about 20' into the air and landed right in a river. I don't remember when it was but I do remember the water was really damn cold and swimming in my underwear was not fun. Looking back the best part was a lady driving a car the opposite direction pulled over and said hey your tire just fell off and rolled over there. No shit lady, I didn't notice the 35" tire that just took off down the road or the fact that my jeep is now leaning way over to one side. Oh such good times!
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Today my lug nuts just fell off and I went crashing into the pavement anyone else har this happen?
same exact side tire and situation and i got to see my tire bounce away! oh ps i almost rolled it i got it on 2 wheels
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:08 AM   #23
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Not on any of the Jeeps I have owned, but, I had a '62 Chevy Bel Air 2 door back in the '80s when I lived in St Paul. I was driving back for my 5 year class reunion when suddenly the engine over revved and I started loosing speed. Pulled over on the should and the engine would rev up, the drive shaft would turn, but nothing to the rear tires. I figured I lost the rear diff gears. I got a tow truck and when he lifted the back end of the car up one wheel fell off.

All I could figure is I had a set of Keystone Classic rims with one locking lug. Someone must've tried to steal them, got to the locking lug and gave up leaving the rest loose. Ripped the lug bolts right off. lol
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Don't have anything that crazy...but had it happen on a 6x4 John Deere Gator at work one day. The weight on those is distributed primarily to the 4 rear wheels so I was just cruising along and looked over and was like, "WTF?!" as I noticed my tire rolling past me...I drove it on 5 wheels for a few days while waiting for the new wheel to arrive (center hub section had broken out of the wheel so the bolt was still in the hub assembly but was no longer connected to the rest of the wheel).
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Don't have anything that crazy...but had it happen on a 6x4 John Deere Gator at work one day. The weight on those is distributed primarily to the 4 rear wheels so I was just cruising along and looked over and was like, "WTF?!" as I noticed my tire rolling past me...I drove it on 5 wheels for a few days while waiting for the new wheel to arrive (center hub section had broken out of the wheel so the bolt was still in the hub assembly but was no longer connected to the rest of the wheel).
That reminds me of a old TV show, Candid Camera. They had set up a Volkswagen so it would drive with one front wheel off. They had some pretty funny reactions from people on the sidewalk.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:44 PM   #26
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Yup. Thanks to Town Fair Tire.
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Today my lug nuts just fell off and I went crashing into the pavement anyone else har this happen?
Jeez, where'd the tire end up?

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happened to me. totally my fault. i had to drill out a lug nut because it completely siezed and i broke another lug nut trying to remove it. and to top it all off i lightly tightened them because i was scared they would sieze again. i was driving down the highway when the jeep violently shook and i thought i just lost a tire as my jeep lurched to the left. As i was pulling over i said oh wait no i didnt as i watched it pass my on the highway. I watched it continue down the highway as it went for the center divide, it jumped about 10 feet in the year when it hit the barrier and fortunately it came down on my side and traveled another hundred yards before it fell down in the shoulder. i was in front of a car dealership and was able to borrow a floor jack and i was able to put it back on and drive home. Weird part about it while i was fixing it a cop thought it was a good time to pull me over (not really because i was already pulled over) and insisted on seeing my license and registration. Worst part was i was on my back from the liquor store and had a keg of miller lite riding shotgun.
I need closure on this one. Why did the cop need to see anything??
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Yup, full size Bronco. Had just put a lift kit on an my buddy towed it to his house to put in a tranny. Guess I forgot to tighten some lug nuts. Tire came off almost took out a car, they were 35's. His buddy driving the Bronco wouldn't get back in.
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YEP!! JUST HAPPENED TODAY TO ME!! In my 2011 Wrangler Sport, Had my little 14yr old brother, taking him fishing an hour outside of tulsa by these Spillways that're all over this little town, turned (5-10mph) into a parking lot, all of a sudden the loud crunching/scraping of concrete having a trench violently dug into it!! (for a split second i thought i hit a ditch in the concrete or something that i didn't see and bottomed out in my 6" lifted on 35" wheeled jeep) until to my left, outta the window i saw my rear-driver side tire rolling thru the parking lot 10 feet, hit the grass for another 40-50 feet, then hit the tree line right on the edge of a 200 foot cliff edge right below one of the lil spillway dams (river side,not lake side)...i get out, run over thinking that it HADT'VE got stopped by a tree..NOPE, there it was, laying in the water 200 feet below me...it wasn't the $460 tow fee for having it taken back home that bothered me, it wasnt the fact that everything was torqued properly and loctited and they sheared off a lug bolt because you SHOULD NEVER BUY THE CHEAP $100 SET OF 4 EBAY SPACERS...noo, what pissed me off the most was, while waiting on the tow truck my little brother asks if we can still go fishing that day...NO!! NO WE CANT! SHUTUP, EAT YOUR CHEEZ-ITS I BROUGHT YOU AND SIT THERE WITH MY DOG!! lol...guess i get to figure out how to change out lug bolts...ya, i cant comment on spydertrax spacers or any name brand BUT BY ALL MEANS, DO NOT BUY THE CHEAP EBAY BRANDS!!!

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