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Lug Nuts and Tires

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by samer312, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Mar 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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    samer312

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    Two question

    So i was going to paint my rims flat back today but before I was able to even wash them off I ran into a rather large problem.

    1. It appears a someone used the wrong size when taking off/putting on my lug nuts so they were somewhat striped/ shaped weird. I think it crap that toyota made are trucks with non solid metal lug nuts, but instead with theses caped ones that come apart so easily. Anyways can anyone point me in the direction a black, solid metal lug nuts that will fit the truck?

    2. I was able to bang off one of the tires with a hammer, put the rest of them seemed to become rust on the truck, so much that I could not get them off. Called a buddy of mine and was told that when I do eventually get them off(ill go to a dealer or shop) that I should put anti seize on them. Anyone know if this is ok, at least on the front I am worried about grease being near my brakes.


    Thanks for the help
     
  2. Mar 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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    Capped lug nuts are not uncommon.

    What would you rather have when some moron spins a lug nut onto a stud at the tire shop "for safe keeping" without the rim installed... the cap popping off, or the stud breaking when the nut bottoms out?

    I've heard of antiseize on lug nuts before, but I'm not a fan of it on anything other than exhaust parts and plugs. Not concerned about the brakes... there's a whole hub full of grease spinning at the center of that rotor... the problem is that torque specs, unless specifically stated otherwise, are for clean and DRY threads.
    Any lubricant on the threads will result in excessive torque being applied when the torque wrench is brought up to spec.

    As for the hubs themselves, thoroughly scrub the studs and hubs with a wire brush and apply a coat of paint to the hub face to help prevent rust. Unfortunately, Toyota hubs just "do that"... my '03 got new wheels after 2 months and the hubs were rusty.

    I feel for you... such is the nature of alloy wheels on steel studs/hubs in an environment where the government puts salt on the roads in the winter.
    All you can do is be attentive on washing mud and salt off.
     
  3. Mar 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    if all your lug nuts are off and the rim isnt coming off,just kick the bottom of the tire.(stand with your back facing the truck and back kick the bottom of the tire) I do this at the shop i work at. We use anit seize in all the cars that come into the shop. It doesnt go anywhere close to your brakes at all. Anit seize goes on the wheel stud to prevent the 2 metals from bonding and getting stuck. Good luck to you
     
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    Sounds like someone recommended that it be smeared on the hub face... but ya, I answered as if it would be applied to the studs, and I still don't agree with the practice unless the wheel torque spec calls for lubricated threads.
     
  5. Mar 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Some never seize on the hub where it meets the back of the wheel is fine. Pretty common. Just don't slop it on, put on a nice light coat.
     
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