A tire place was reluctant to take off lugs because of fear of doing
crossed thread damage
I presume they didn't know how to do this delicate operation on an
exotic Hyundai, some are now assembled in
a mysterious place, Greenville, Alabama
Any tips on the lug nut surgery for an intern?
Meanwhile, I'm driving with fix-a-flat, and a $5 can of the s works
but I wouldn't play around spraying it because it may kill an
artificial Christmas tree
Yes, I do realize there are one or two other tire places, do you enjoy
Thank goodness the magazines are only a few years old
On Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:41:28 -0800 (PST), Robert Cohen wrote:
My 2001 Elantra had a problem, where during a tire rotation, the
mechanic(?) stripped the thread on the stud, had to have
another stud insert installed, plus a lug nut which
was a big chromed job that did not match the others.
You won't cross the threads taking off a lug nut. If the threads are
cross-threaded, it was done by whoever last installed the lug nuts ...
probably using an air wrench. I had my tire replaced last year and when
I went to rotate them I could not remove one lug nut with normal torque.
So I reefed on the breaker bar and twisted off the stud. It was easy
to see that the lug nut had been cross-threaded. I put the wheel back
on with the remaining 4 lug nuts (plenty for normal conditions anyway)
and drove the 5 miles to where the tires were replaced.
I suggested they had improperly installed the nut and they replaced the
stud and nut without an argument and admitted they use air wrenches to
install the lug nuts. I suggested that was a bad idea and they should
stop doing that, but I'm sure I was wasting my breath.
Thanks to all of you. I started thinking about my wife's comfortable,
used 2004 350 G, and here is an obvious that I hadn't even
I am elderly fart, so this has been s.o.s.b., standard operating
Well, would ya believe the spare is a full size (not donut) and was
never applied--it's "new" (hopefully not too dry-rotted-deteriorated,
as my bicycle tire apparently got from non use).
So, as per advice here, I went to a nearby (approx 25 miles) Kia
dealer, and for only $16 they changed the tire after I explained
about that reluctant tire place's fear of stripping something.
The tire with the white s is now the spare.
Eventually doesn't that white s escape and maybe
add to the alleged global warming, so let's see how long it will
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