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Anyone have this happen?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Pennywise, May 26, 2010.

  1. May 26, 2010 at 4:51 AM
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    Pennywise

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    Here I was, comming home from work, I feel a slight wobble up front on the left side. I say to myself "Thats strange", then all of a sudden I am riding on my left front rotor and my front wheel is passing me and doing some serious 4 wheelin through the woods! i stay focused on getting my truck off the road and out of on comming traffic, luckily it is only 1 car, so I ease her off the road and then I can concentrate on my now airborne tire and about 200 meters on up the road, still getting it on about 40 mph and heading into a blackberry bush about 40 ft wide and 100ft long! I eventually found my tire and rolled it back to my truck. i jacked it up and saw that 1/3 of my rotor was ground off but all was still intact. So I borrowed a lug from my 3 wheels
    and put her back on and drove home, the truck drove just fine. I will find out more when I have some time off to disassemble the left side and check her out.. :confused: I am running 33" tires with Bilstein shocks and toytec springs, only 3" of lift.
     
  2. May 26, 2010 at 4:57 AM
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    JTO

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    never had that happen to me but glad you're ok and no one was hurt!
     
  3. May 26, 2010 at 4:58 AM
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    They make these things called lug wrenches that are used to keep your lug nuts tight. Check the tightness of all your lug nuts on a regular basis and you won't be losing any wheels.

    Glad everyone is OK.
     
  4. May 26, 2010 at 5:05 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    I have seen it happen several times.
     
  5. May 26, 2010 at 5:28 AM
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    Pennywise

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    Nice!!! Thanks, I just tightend them 2 weeks ago after changing the front springs.. But the incident just changed the lug check to a every sunday check.. thanks for the concern..
     
  6. May 26, 2010 at 6:19 AM
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    If you properly torqued them just 2 weeks ago I highly doubt they loosened up all by themselves, more likely some asshat was going to help themselves too one of your tires
     
  7. May 26, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    Funny you should mention, the fronts were loose but not the backs (possible since that was the last thing worked on) but I did torque them! The tires are some nice ones though (Cepek Crushers) and brand new.. Hah!
     
  8. May 26, 2010 at 6:36 AM
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    mws4ua

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    Only seen that in the movies. Glad you're OK.
     
  9. May 26, 2010 at 6:48 AM
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    5100's all on fours
    Aluminum rims?
     
  10. May 26, 2010 at 7:12 AM
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    Pennywise

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    Thats a roger...15X10's
     
  11. May 26, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    That might be why. I have always been told to retorque them after 100 or so miles by my local tire shop. I don't know if there is any validity to this though. Oddily, they never tell me that when I bring in the steelies.
     
  12. May 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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    Pennywise

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    Thanks for the info... It will become a practice..
     
  13. May 26, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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    I worked at a wheel shop, all aluminums got retorgued after 100 miles due to the wheel softness. Steelies are good after 1 shot
     
  14. May 26, 2010 at 9:16 AM
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    always check your torque a hundred miles or so later its just a good habit. I have my torque wrench in my truck it only takes a minute.
     
  15. May 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Are you using a torque wrench? And I'll second re-torquing aluminum wheels after 100 miles or so.
     
  16. May 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    Pennywise

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    Yep, using a torque wrench, but not checking every 100 miles. Thanks for the new info guys, i have never heard of the 100 mile check on the lugs.
    Interesting how a minute piece of info and the lack of knowledge there of can make you feel like a jackass! Thanks once again.
     
  17. May 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    Thankfully, no one was injured. Could have been really bad.
     
  18. May 26, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    Barnone

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    Pennywise.
    Glad that all turned out ok. Could have been a disaster.
    How far did you drive before the wheel came off?
    I've got to go with Snipe and say that someone removed the lug nuts either to steal the wheel or to play a nasty trick on you. I find it hard to believe that all the lug nuts would come off at the same time.
     
  19. May 27, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    Pennywise

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    Yep, all left fronts came off, and the wheel lock snapped the lug clean off. The right fronts were semi loose. I drove around 250 miles at the most and it was a first for me to have that happen. All I can say is that it was an interesting mishap that could have gone south in a bad way. The vehicle recovery was a cinch and handling the truck with 3 wheels wasnt all that bad, but it sure could have been a doozy. I just rounded a long right hand turn at the lake with oncomming traffic and the road I was on is bordered with large pines. This could have been a career ender. I just have to chalk it up to numerous driving courses (trak and off road) that really paid off in the recovery of the vehicle after the wheel came off. Toyotas equipment did hold together and saved my bacon! Thanks for the concern! Hope to see you guys one of these times, this forum has good people on it.
     
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