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Wheel bold broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

 
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Old 13 Jun 2010, 04:19 pm
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Default Wheel bolt broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

So when I was pulling one of the lugs off of the passenger side front wheel the nut became very difficult to turn. So I just kept turning it with my breaker bar. It turns out that I ended up twisting the bolt right off with the lug still attached. I will obviously need to replace that wheel bolt. Can the vehicle still safely be driven with only four of the lugs torqued on the wheel? Thanks for you input.

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Old 13 Jun 2010, 04:59 pm
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Default Re: Wheel bold broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

4 bolts should hold nicely. Make sure you use some sort of a torque wrench when you tighten the other bolts down including the other wheels. The torque on the wheel stud should be 100 ft lbs.
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Old 13 Jun 2010, 05:15 pm
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Default Re: Wheel bold broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

I did torque all of the bolts to 100 ft-lbs. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 13 Jun 2010, 10:13 pm
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Default Re: Wheel bold broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

Crewzin almost makes it sound like this is perfectly fine.

It's accpetable only as a very temporary thing while you wait for a new stud to be installed. Do not leave the car like this for a long period of time

Do not drive at highway speeds, do not drive over rough terrain, and avoid potholes and speed bumps at all costs!

You're at an increased likelihood for bending your wheel, warping your rotor, or wearing out the hub.

Long story short, get it fixed ASAP.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 03:00 pm
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Default Re: Wheel bold broke off when rotating tires. Still okay to drive?

Thanks Chris for bringing that up. Yea, I should have mentioned more of a safety aspect but I presumed (as I shouldn't) that the stud would be replaced ASAP.
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