On Sunday I decided to do a front brake job on the truck. I get the front driver side done. Went to the front passanger side and one of the lug nuts would not come off. I even broke a Snap On socket trying to get it off.
Today I went to Firestone and had them break off that lug for me. So I get home jack up the truck and come to find out that 2 other lugs won't come off . So now it looks like I will have to break two more studs to finish my simple break job. I called Autozone and some other auto parts stores and they don't carry the front studs only the back ones. Called The dealer and they want $7 a piece. I bought the truck used so I don't know who was last to take off the wheels. I hate when shops are careless and don't pay attention to what they are doing. I wish I could go back to them.
I am debuting if I should call the previous owner. There is a reciept from his last oil change in the glove box with his name, address and phone number. I just don't want him to trip out if I call him.
Thats what I hate about those strong air powered tools. Some guys rapidly force those lugs back on and could of misthreaded the studs. The studs are cheap, but the work is a bit more having them replaced. I dont think contacting the previous owner would help much. There's nothing he can do. Make sure you dont ride on just 3 or 4 studs.. your wheel will fall off while driving!
Automobile(s): 2013 CTSV Coupe , 2012 Escalade, 2014 SRX
H.V., Pa/Town of Webb, NY
Re: Wheels Studs
I see many shops and dealerships tightening lug nuts on aluminum wheel with air tools, you should never do this with aluminum wheels, they should be torqued in sequense and tightened to the proper specs, a little never-seize will not hurt either.