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No matter how fast your vehicle runs or how bumpy the terrain is, the wheels won't detach from your ride as long as its lug nuts are in tip top shape. Though they come small, lug nuts play a big role in your ride - they tightly fit into threaded wheel studs to secure each wheel to its axle. A lug nut can't easily be removed from the wheel since they may become frozen to the wheel stud. You'll need special tools such as a socket, lug, or impact wrench for that. When installing a lug nut, it is important to ensure even distribution of loads to the wheel mounting surface. This is the reason why a star pattern is used in installing this component. To tighten it, a calibrated torque wrench must be used to be sure that accurate and sufficient load is applied. To find the recommended torque specifications, it's advisable to contact your auto maker and your wheel manufacturer. The best-rated lug nuts in the industry are always available here in our site. Dedicated in providing you with the best value for your money, you can get here the lug nut you need at very reasonable prices. Placing your order here is as easy as 1-2-3. So shop now!

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Lug Nut Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Lug nuts secure the wheels on your vehicle. They may be small components, but loose lug nuts mean loose wheels and that can spell disaster on the road.

Here are some general maintenance tips for your lug nuts:

Installation and tightening

  • When installing lug nuts for the first time, make sure that they are tightened in a certain order to ensure uniform distribution of the weight across your wheel's mounting surface. They should be tightened in a star-pattern order. For wheels that require only four lug nuts, tighten the nuts by following an X-pattern order.
  • Be sure to inspect the tightness of your lug nuts regularly. But be sure you don't overtighten them as this may damage your wheels. Putting most of your weight on the lug wrench until it stops moving is tight enough-there's no need to stand on your lug wrench.

Lug nut removal

  • Loosen or "break" your lug nuts before you jack up your vehicle.
  • If the lug nuts prove extremely difficult to remove, you can use a breaker bar or an impact wrench. You can also try wiggling the nuts by alternating quickly between tightening and loosening them.
  • Always jack up your vehicle before completely removing the lug nuts. Never really on just your floor jack to hold up your vehicle. Set up jack stands and wheel chocks as well.
  • After you have loosened the lug nuts and raised your vehicle, we recommend removing the lug nuts starting with the one at the three o'clock position first and working your way clockwise, leaving the one at the top for last. That way, your wheel hangs on the top bolt and stays in place 'til you're done.

Locking lug nuts require a key for their removal. If you've lost the key and you need to remove your tires, there's a neat trick you can do.

Difficulty level: Easy

Here's what you'll need:

  • Lug nut socket set
  • Heavy-duty ratchet wrench
  • Hammer
  • Short and sturdy piece of pipe

Step 1: Pick a socket that is a bit smaller than your locking lug nut.

Step 2: Align that socket over the locking lug nut and hammer it until it is securely wedged over the nut.

Step 3: Insert your ratchet wrench into the socket.

Step 4: Slide the pipe over the end of your ratchet wrench.

Step 5: Apply force until the locking lug nut comes loose. As mentioned earlier, alternating between tightening and loosening can help.

You won't be able to use that locking lug nut again, but at least you got it off when you needed to.