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Old 04-27-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Loose Lug Nut Concerns

We bought a 2008 Silverback 30LSA in Dec. We had tires replaced and installed them ourselves without a torque wrench. On our first trip out the driver side front wheel came off when all the studs sheared off. We had the studs replaced. And, had them torqued to 100lbs. However, been a little gun shy since losing the wheel and have been stopping to check the lugs every 50 miles or so. A few on a couple wheels have been a little loose. We just had all lugs replaced with a little shorter ones and used some loctite.
Is it normal for lugs to be a little loose? What's causing this? Or, am I being over paranoid?
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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No, nuts should not be loose. Buy a torque wrench and torque them yourself.
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I've torqued them to the 100 lbs. The concern is why are some of them loosening up?
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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There could be many reasons:

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There's several reasons, rust on the hub contact points, the studs settling into the hub, excessive vibration, etc.

The wheel you lost is whats concerning me. Ok, you installed the wheels without a torque wrench. Either they were all left loose which beat the studs out or a little too tight, one, then another popped, then all of them went.

I'd be wary of the studs fatiguing and giving out. Any 1/2" stud should be good to 100 pounds easily, if they keep coming loose and needing tightened up the stud is likely stretching and about to give out.

Probably not cheap but I'd give thought to replacing the remaining studs, just in case.
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If they are steel wheels, I would suspect the studs you replaced are not seated. If they are alum wheels, it takes at least 3 or 4 times re-torqueing with 50-75 miles between re-torqueing to get the lug nuts seated.

On my last 2 trailers with alum wheels, I left the hubcaps off for the first trip over 100 miles and stopped every 40-50 miles and re-torqued them. Last time was when we stopped at the cg and checked them and none moved, so I reinstalled the hub caps. I always check them before leaving the house.
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Thanks for the input. They are aluminum wheels and I do plan on stopping and checking them every 50 miles or so on the way home. Our first leg is about 250 miles so I'll stop a few times and check them. Hope all will be ok. When we get home plan on having axles, springs, shocks and frame checked for wear and alignment. Can't have a rig I don't have confidence in that we can move down the road safely.
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There is a sticker on my trailer that says to check at 50, 100, 200 and then prior to each trip. It took mine about 2000 miles before 0 of 20 lugs had no movement. I just replaced my tires at 9K and am now starting all over again. I have aluminum rims and torque to 100. Nothing was ever very loose, but it took a long time before they all completely seated. I expect the same this time around.
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I need a phone number for FR to discuss this. Anyone have a number?
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