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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 68 Camaro with a single traction 10 bolt rear end. A few weeks ago, the lugs started breaking off of the rim. This happens only on the drivers side. I looked at the rim fo damage and I can't seem to find any, but this keeps happening and I can't figure out why. If anyone had had this problem in the past and found a solution, please share it with me. I really need help with this one.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 05:57 AM
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What kind of wheels? Are you using the right lug nut for the wheels?
I have seen this on Toyota P/U's from not "torqueing" the lug nuts tight enough.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 06:28 AM
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After all those years of using air impact wrench on lug nuts of loosening and tightening, the elements, and God only knows what else they have been subjected to, the wheel studs have finally given way due to being over stretched in their useful life.

Ought to get new ones for all the rest of the wheels.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 08:38 AM
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are they breaking when you drive it, or when you put the lug nuts on?
if it does it when you are driving, maybe the studs are stretched or worn out, or maybe you have a slightly bigger lug nut on it- some oddball metric or worn out standard nut.
if it does it when you are tightening it down, then you need to take it a little easier when you tighten them down. they don't need to go 3 turns past finger tight. just get them snug, then go about a turn or so past that.or put on a torque wrench on it and go by factory spec, whatever that is.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 02, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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I think I found the trbl with my lugs breaking off. I believe that it was the rims. This seems strange, but I inspected both rims (right and left sides) and saw no physical damage at all. I had a few other people look at them as well and no one saw anything wrong with them. Anyway, I went out and bought a new set of rims and after replacing the lugs again (for the fifth time), the problem seems to have gone away. Maybe there was a hairline crack in both rims or something, I don't know. I swapped sides with the old rims and the problem didn't go away, but now that I've replaced them with new rims, everything seems fine now. "strange" . P.S. Sorry I took so long to respond to this site, I was so baffled with this trbl that I completely forget
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THANKS!! This was an odd one for sure. I am realy glad you took the time to follow up on it.

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