Printable Version | Subscribe | Add to Favourites
New Topic New Poll New Reply
Author: Subject: Front wheel nuts undoing when driving
steve m

posted on 4/6/19 at 09:15 PM Reply With Quote
Front wheel nuts undoing when driving

Hi Guys

Ive got a problem with my front wheel nuts undoing themselves when im driving the rears, that are EXACTLY the same type,
stud length, wheels, and nuts do not change

My car handles well, has no vibration, nor any apparent steering problems, yet has developed over the last year, more so this year! a loosening of the wheel nuts, but only on the front

My car is garaged, and locked in, also ive put a dab of of red nail varnish on the nuts, so I know theve not been tampered with,

yet still need a couple of turns to tighten them up, even after a shortish (like me) drive

??????????????????????

steve





Thats was probably spelt wrong, or had some grammer, that the "grammer police have to have a moan at




View User's Profile View All Posts By User U2U Member
Mr Whippy

posted on 4/6/19 at 10:15 PM Reply With Quote
Have you painted the face of the disk? As that can lead to them loosening as the paint softens with the heat, it should all be bare metal. You could also try sanding the bolt face and the wheel seat incase they are contaminated. Another thing that causes this is wheel powder coat on the seat for the bolt, again this softens so the bolts loose.
View User's Profile Visit User's Homepage View All Posts By User U2U Member   Mr+Whippy 's Aim
rusty nuts

posted on 5/6/19 at 06:14 AM Reply With Quote
How do you tighten them? Do you use a torque wrench set to the correct setting? Are the wheels damaged around the stud holes or the center? Have the studs stretched due to over tightening? Same for the nuts? Can you change the wheels front to rear to check if the problem moves?
View User's Profile View All Posts By User U2U Member
Charlie C

posted on 5/6/19 at 07:23 AM Reply With Quote
Are the studs fully pressed in? if they are not it might be that when you tighten them and then drive the car the forces on the wheel and the bumps help pull the studs further through.
View User's Profile View All Posts By User U2U Member
russbost

posted on 5/6/19 at 09:28 AM Reply With Quote
If this is on alloys there is every chance you have the wrong type of nuts, some seat with a washer & some on a taper, if you should have the washer type & instead have tapers the nuts will gradually "eat" into the alloy - same thing can happen with the wrong angle taper, but less likely.

Doesn't explain why you'd only have it on the front, tho' there is far more "side force" exerted on the steering wheels, are you absolutely certain front & rear nuts are identical?





Furore Formula Car - the only two seater modern Formula Car lookalike. I no longer run Furore Products or Furore Cars Ltd, but would still highly recommend them for Acewell dashes, projector headlights, dominator headlights, indicators, mirrors etc, best prices in the UK! Take a look at http://www.furoreproducts.co.uk/ or find more parts on Ebay, user names furoreltd & furoreproducts, discounts available for LCB users.
Don't forget Stainless Steel Braided brake hoses, made to your exact requirements in any of around 16 colours. http://shop.ebay.co.uk/furoreproducts/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

NOTE:This user is registered as a LocostBuilders trader and may offer commercial services to other users
View User's Profile E-Mail User Visit User's Homepage View All Posts By User U2U Member   russbost 's Aim
coyoteboy

posted on 5/6/19 at 11:57 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by russbost
If this is on alloys there is every chance you have the wrong type of nuts, some seat with a washer & some on a taper, if you should have the washer type & instead have tapers the nuts will gradually "eat" into the alloy - same thing can happen with the wrong angle taper, but less likely.

Doesn't explain why you'd only have it on the front, tho' there is far more "side force" exerted on the steering wheels, are you absolutely certain front & rear nuts are identical?


This is my first assumption. There's different taper angles, some flat face, some with counterbore. I suspect the wrong nuts, and it is always the fronts that see it first.





Report your local potholes, it actually works!

View User's Profile Visit User's Homepage View All Posts By User U2U Member
steve m

posted on 5/6/19 at 04:44 PM Reply With Quote
Tomorrow I will investigate more, however,

All four wheels are the same, same size same ets, same tyres,
All the studs are in and tight, infact never been out in 21 years,
All the wheel nuts that came with the wheels and all 16 are the same have been on the car for 4 years

The disk to wheel plate is bare clean metal maybe copper slipped, but not painted!

Now a thought has occurred to me, that I had a couple of tight wheel nuts when I last took the wheels off, and ive copper silpped the studs, not the nuts, them, maybe a bit too much ? and maybe, some has gone onto the mating between nut and wheel, and allowing the nuts to slip on the wheel ?

again, tomorrow I will investigate

steve





Thats was probably spelt wrong, or had some grammer, that the "grammer police have to have a moan at




View User's Profile View All Posts By User U2U Member
Mr Whippy

posted on 5/6/19 at 11:03 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by steve m
The disk to wheel plate is bare clean metal maybe copper slipped, but not painted


Don't do this.The wheel is held on by the friction between the disk surface and the back of the wheel, not by the bolts. The bolts are only there to provide a clamping force to increase the friction between the two. By adding grease you are then removing this vital friction and putting all the load (side load and vibration) onto the bolts which will then shake loose. You should not use grease on the threads either as that will only encourage them to shake loose. There is no requirement to use grease anywhere here if you take the nuts off every year or so and clean them and the threads.

If a wheel binds on, simply slacken the bolts a few turns and lower the car, then rock it sideways and the wheel will always pop loose.

View User's Profile Visit User's Homepage View All Posts By User U2U Member   Mr+Whippy 's Aim
nick205

posted on 6/6/19 at 08:42 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coyoteboy
quote:
Originally posted by russbost
If this is on alloys there is every chance you have the wrong type of nuts, some seat with a washer & some on a taper, if you should have the washer type & instead have tapers the nuts will gradually "eat" into the alloy - same thing can happen with the wrong angle taper, but less likely.

Doesn't explain why you'd only have it on the front, tho' there is far more "side force" exerted on the steering wheels, are you absolutely certain front & rear nuts are identical?


This is my first assumption. There's different taper angles, some flat face, some with counterbore. I suspect the wrong nuts, and it is always the fronts that see it first.



This is my line of thought as well. Peugeot 205 GTI alloy wheels take specific wheel bolts if you use the wrong bolts you'll not get them done up tight and damage the alloy wheels. The front (steering) wheels of a car must come under higher side loads than the rear wheels as well, which may account for seeing this happen on the front and not the rear. All that said I'd also have thought something must have changed in the way the wheels and nuts/bolts are fitted to bring on this behavior.

View User's Profile Visit User's Homepage View All Posts By User U2U Member

New Topic New Poll New Reply


go to top






Website design and SEO by Studio Montage

All content 2001-16 LocostBuilders. Reproduction prohibited
Opinions expressed in public posts are those of the author and do not necessarily represent
the views of other users or any member of the LocostBuilders team.
Running XMB 1.8 Partagium [ 2002 XMB Group] on Apache under CentOS Linux
Founded, built and operated by ChrisW.