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This truck was towed into SMA over the weekend. The owner had a flat tire and had someone assist him in changing the flat. Evidently the "torque to spec" part of the process was skipped... Remember to double check your lug nuts after replacing a flat.
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49 thoughts on “What happens when you leave your lug nuts loose”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Howie J says:

    Hitching a ride home about 20 yrs ago, I got in an old mini and we had traveled less than 5km's when the right rear of the car gracefully sagged down while the wheel overtook us at high speed and rolled off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

    I had to lift the car by hand while the university teacher put the spare on with one nut from each of the remaining wheels. (yes the guy really was a uni teacher).

    True story.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! American Rambler says:

    Pretty crusty wheel.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Oakhill says:

    Sorry I am so late to comment. There are dozens of compilation videos on YouTube of wheels flying down the road after coming off cars & trucks. Not a good thing.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rn reajr says:

    This happened to my mom after having the dealer rotate the tires during a service. She drove the 60 miles home and thought something didn't feel right. Local tire shop put the spare on for her – the studs were okay, but the aluminum wheel was trashed. The dealer admitted that they had made a mistake without making a fuss, and replaced the rim and tire. Mistakes happen, but when the shop takes responsibility it's a lot easier to forgive. She kept going there until she moved to a different state.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars charafcool says:

    My car has 4 lug bolt . 2 are broken . can we still drive the car with only 2 on it ?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars applejacks971 says:

    It'll buff out…

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 65blablabla says:

    deee`s nuts…lol

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Josh Place says:

    Jacob Mashoe should learn from this.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cars Simplified says:

    I bet an aluminum rim would have been even more fun!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AWeebleWobble says:

    There's a tire store down the street from where I work. One day they got in a rush on the last job of the day and either forgot to torque the lug nuts to spec or didn't put the lug nuts back on. well, the front wheel came flying off in front of our shop at about 50mph. it scared the absolute shit out of me, the wheel destroyed the chain link fence infront of the shop

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ping ping says:

    just had loose nuts on rear tire i tighten, also can anyone help me with some heat and ac issues?
    when I give it gas my ac goes from the front vents to the floor vents then let off the gas an back to front vents, also my heat only seems to work on front vents and not on defrost can anyone please help me figure this out?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Milton says:

    This is best case scenario for leaving your lug nuts loose…

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr Falcon4102 says:

    I havent had the wheels off my car in over 6 years,, I think they are tight

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr Falcon4102 says:

    Lug Nuts are so over rated

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BILLYBOB 976 says:

    little panther piss and brake clean – it'll buff right out

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Gill says:

    yikes

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Mason says:

    Hey Eric, since u put a new rotor on the drivers side, shouldnt u put a new rotor on the passenger side to balance out the brake feel and pull?]…just so it doesnt pull to the drivers side when the brakes are applied?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clint Divine says:

    I had my tires rotated at a shop, they didn't tighten my lugs enough and my rear tire came off!! It happened just as I was getting on the highway ramp. Checked the other 3 tires, ALL the lug nuts were loose.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JOGO says:

    Man you got be nuts to drive with loose nuts, that's just a nutty thing to do ! Glad my nuts are tight , always check them ..and don't forget to cough !

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thor Dehr says:

    That was a HIM that needed some to assist hi in changing his flat, and they still got it wrong?
    Not much of a HIM.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lineartechbd1600 says:

    My lug nuts were loose once and it snapped the studs and my wheel came off the car at 70mph. Wheel rolled into the bushes and my rotor and ball joint got ground down 3 inches.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars farmboy30117 says:

    Jeez that's one rusty wheel!  I'd be afraid it would've disintegrated 😉

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Chiampo says:

    😮😮😮😮😬😎

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Bailey says:

    Thank you for the tip Eric-o👍

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars backwoods3214 says:

    mud ice   etc on  back side  needs to be reomoved too

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Midwest Railfan says:

    R2D2???

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim M says:

    No need to take this baby out for a little shimmy.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daquan brown says:

    What did Mrs O say about all them busted nuts? 😉

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AlbertaPatriot1985 says:

    WTF!?!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adam King says:

    !!! kin hell !!! did they drive to your shop like that?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars InternetDude says:

    Loose nuts are nasty.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bobl78 says:

    and it´s so hard to notice because you just get an unbalance that rips the steering wheel out of you hands and a clunking sound louder than your radio…  people like this should be taken their driver license away

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zappa says:

    must have been going on for a while the rattling and wheel shake. what was he thinking? roadkill stuck to the ball joint?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmy Mac says:

    It amazes me that whoever owns that car did not realize that the wheel was loose and let it get that bad.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bodgit and leggit garage says:

    lots of funny things I could say about nuts but I think I just better show Steven this see what he thinks he's quite nutty

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VenomX says:

    lol yup. A tire shop installed a tire on my truck. I left the shop, got on the interstate. 70mph and bam, there went my wheel, passing me up. Luckily, I was able to control the truck even though it was the driver side front wheel. Crushed my fender, not to mention the 2 mile walk I had to take in order to get my wheel and roll it back to my truck.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rogercook1177able says:

    What should lug nuts be torqued too?

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars watajob says:

    Why all the Scotty Kilmer/ETCG hate?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Dog50001 Automotive says:

    Definitely NOT torqued to factory specs…

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Logical Guy says:

    And if I can do it … you can do it.  LOL

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! sJ air says:

    That had to be making noise! If you hear a wierd noise down there, check your nuts!! The spare looked shot anyway. Oh and the studs and the rotor.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Johnson says:

    My sister had that happen to her wheel after a shop changed her tires. They had to buy her a new wheel.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joshua Carter says:

    I was expecting more NASCAR jokes in the comments.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sterling stephens says:

    seen it done with the taper facing out

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michael blacktree says:

    I can see the people on the side of the road changing the tire…
    "Hey you gotta lug wrench for this? Mine doesn't fit."
    "Nah, we'll just use my multi-tool. It's got pliers."