<VV> Fuel Leak - Now Lug Nuts, etc.

roboman91324 at aol.com roboman91324 at aol.com
Sat Sep 29 14:42:37 EDT 2018

Maybe all the turns on the trip home were left turns?  :-)

Kidding aside, I don't know.  However, some possibilities come to mind.
1)  If you had driven further, maybe it would have come off.  Just because the sound didn't intensify, it isn't certain the problem wasn't approaching a critical stage.  The rocking of the wheel would get worse as the lug holes wore but not so much as the lug nuts passed a certain point.
2)  Perhaps once the lug holes were resting fully on the lug studs, mechanical precession ceased to be a factor.  This is doubtful because the wobble of the wheel due to making turns would have continued to bring the wheel into contact with the lug nuts.  Maybe as in point 1 above, you didn't drive quite far enough for it to become critical.
3)  Perhaps there are other more probable reasons but I am getting a bit tired of this topic.  I suspect other members of VV are as well.
In a message dated 9/29/2018 4:35:41 AM Pacific Standard Time, Hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk writes:

Ok, I’m going to take an aspirin and have a lie down now. But I just remembered an old car I bought on ebay for a friend. It had been diagnosed with a collapsed wheel bearing by the AA (=AAA). I decided it would last the 20 miles home so drove it for her. I thought it sounded and felt like the lug nuts were loose, but I couldn’t see them as it had a wheel trim covering the nuts. I stopped and tried to rock the wheel but couldn’t feel any movement with the weight of the car on it, and there wasn’t a jack. We got home ok, & I prised the wheel trim off to find that I was right – the ‘collapsed wheel bearing’ was nothing more than loose lug nuts. The reason I am relating this story now is that I was simply amazed that the car had driven twenty, maybe twenty five, miles with loose wheel nuts, without losing the wheel altogether. They were no worse when I got home than when I started (and it had presumably been driven a bit like that before being diagnosed in the first place). The wheel holes were worn, but the studs only sustained slight damage and were fine. I just fitted the spare wheel & that was it – job done.
These were right-hand thread lug nuts on the left front of the car (front wheel drive at that). Why didn’t the wheel fall off?

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