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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-05-04, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Tight fit for lug nuts

Hey, i took the wheels off my EA today to get underneath and found them pretty difficult to pull off. I thought the threads might be damaged but i ended up unscrewing the lugnuts and using pliers to yank them out.

It turns out the rims that came with the car cant fit the lug nuts in without being whacked in with a hammer!

Ive never seen this before and i think it may be cause the wheels are corroded. The inside of the lug nut barrels is a bit rough but the whole barrel seems to be just too small in diameter.

Has anyone seen this before? Any suggestions? I can get the wheels back on but its like forcing a jigsaw puzzle, not good in teh long-term.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-09-04, 07:14 AM
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Re: Tight fit for lug nuts

Get new rims designed for the car.

If lug nuts have to be whacked to make them seat properly then you're risking the whole wheel falling off -- probably when you most need it ON the axle.

When you refit a wheel, take a little grease and smear it on the stub threads and nut cone/lug. This will make it infinitely easier for the next time. You could spray a little CRC/WD40/RP7 instead.

But dump those rims!
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