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Old 01-10-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default 3 225/45/17 tires and 1 225/50/16 ok to drive 1 mile on? Plus lug ??

So I had some tires swapped at a local goodyear a while ago and last night I tried to put my summer rims on for an upcoming auto-x, but one of the lugs was stuck on one rim (the last one I was changing). I called GY and kinda bitched them out since I think they over tightened it or cross threaded it or something (even possible?) and they said they'd take a look at it today. Is it ok for me to drive on the slightly smaller wheel for a mile or so without damage?
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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yes, you will be fine ... both tire sizes have a 25" diameter ... but, with the additional sidewall deflection of the 16" tire I would not do it for hundreds of miles
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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thanks luke. I figured...

So what do people think happened to the lug? I can't get it off?
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:51 PM   #4
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Probably cross threaded.

I cross threaded one of mine when I put on my snow tires. Luckily I was able to crank up my impact wrench and twist it off. But I had to replace the lug nut and wheel stud.

There's a lot of play in the stock lugs, it's easy to cross thread them.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:54 AM   #5
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ok, they replaced the stud and lug yesterday. But now they over tightened the lugs on the rim. Out of curiosity, I tried to budge on of the lugs with the wrench and I COULDN'T!

I don't have a working torque wrench, but I was wondering if there's a way I can tell how many lbs torque a bolt was while it being removed. I'm afraid they may have damaged the rim and even if not, they should know overtightening a rim can be as dangerous and undertightening it (I has personally seen a rim that broke mid turn on a race track because it was too tight).
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It's possible that the wheel has been damaged, but hopefully the stud would break before anything permanently happened. This is I'm sure a common (and probably unavoidable) result from using a shop like this to change over wheel sets. They're going to use an impact wrench which will power on the lugs to whatever air pressure is available at the time. I realize that many can't or won't do their own changeovers. Maybe you could find a local shop the would agree to use a torque wrench for the final tightnening (proper torque is important not just for the wheels, but it also effects the brake rotors. Many rotors that have been consigned to being "warped" are really the victims of improper wheel tightening).
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