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Wheel came off on the highway!! WTF!

So yesterday the wife was on her way home from work....she drives my JK as her DD. I get a call at about 5:15 with her saying that she just had a blowout and that she's pulled over; that I need to come get her and that she already called a tow truck. Ok, glad she's alright.

I get there and see that in fact the entire wheel and tire came off. One of the wheel studs snapped off. and it looks like the other 4 lug nuts had worked themselves off..... It has to have happened in the past week and a half or so as I just changed my rear brake pads and rotated my tires. Everything was torqued to spec (55 lb on the calipers and 95 lbs on the lugs), driven around the block to hit a few bumps, then re-torqued. I did go wheelin' last weekend and never gave everything a once over since I had to get back to work the next day, so I don't know if that's when it happened. She says there were no weird vibrations or shaking until right before it happened.

The rotor and caliper are for sure done for, the shock mount dragged down the road for about 250' and is pretty chewed up, I'm hoping that the diff and axle shaft/tube are all good....

I had it towed to the closest dealership hoping that they'll cover it under warranty. I have also talked to my insurance so if Jeep doesn't cover it hopefully they do.....

I didn't snap any pics, but am meeting with the insurance adjuster at the dealership today sometime... so may get some then.

This could have been so much worse....I'm just glad it happened in traffic at about 30 mph instead of at speed in a turn in the mountains.

Oh, and a guy found the wheel and tire and brought it back to us....really nice dude.

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What mods have you done (suspension, spacers, etc)?


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What mods have you done (suspension, spacers, etc)?
RC 2.5" BB and 315/75/16 KM2's on 16x10 ProComp 7089's.

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why are you posting this on every jeep forum on the net?
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Awareness brother, awareness. Go check your nutz.


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This happened to me, but it was a broken wheel spacer. Never heard of properly torqued lugs coming loose in a week from driving around town. Maybe someone was in the process of stealing your wheel, and had to stop halfway through / left the lugs loose?
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Happened to me on stock rims and rubber, no lift and no spacers. Two of my lugs snapped off, luckily I noticed the wobble and was able to get home before the whole wheel fell off. It was almost 4 months since the tires had been rotated. Not sure if someone was screwing with my wheels or what. Warranty won't cover you as there's no proof you didn't overtorque them or did something else to cause it.
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Happened to me and a friend on a cross country trip when we were 18... An old chevy blazer. We were stuck in the middle of Kansas with about $500 worth of damage and a dire need for new boxers...

Glad the wife is ok, bro, and kudos to the good Samaritan for bringing your tire back!


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Glad your wife is OK.
That is really what matters here.

The guy that found the wheel and brought it back get 5 Karma points.

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This happened to me, but it was a broken wheel spacer. Never heard of properly torqued lugs coming loose in a week from driving around town. Maybe someone was in the process of stealing your wheel, and had to stop halfway through / left the lugs loose?

X2, ^^^this. I had someone steal one of my lugs and then put back some generic lug nut. What I didn't get was why didn't they just walk off with the lug nut instead of putting one back on? F'ing people...

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Glad your wife is okay. Weird, I rotate the tires every 3-4k miles and have yet to experience a loose lug nut.

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X2, ^^^this. I had someone steal one of my lugs and then put back some generic lug nut. What I didn't get was why didn't they just walk off with the lug nut instead of putting one back on? F'ing people...
maybe the cap fell of your lug nut. <shrug>

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RC 2.5" BB and 315/75/16 KM2's on 16x10 ProComp 7089's.
Your Jeep has been modified. Warranty = VOID. Magnusson Moss doesn't apply to Daimler Chrysler. They're too big to fail, remember?

Definitely keep everyone posted on how this plays out. Personally I'm GLAD you're posting it everywhere you can think of! This is the first I've seen it.

I nearly had something similar happen when I did my spacers. The guy who lives around the corner from me has a small one man shop right next to the parking lot where I do my wrenching (driveway is item #1 when buying our next house, BTW) and he used his impact gun on my driverside rear tire lugs. And he torqued them to about 30 pounds . I drove the prescribed 50 miles and pulled back into the lot with lugs that were then only finger tight. I spun one entirely off by hand. Scary shit.

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Not a burn, when you go surf the forums posts and keep seeing the same one pop up, come'on man what does he expect to hear from one board to the next?

Here-----Per factory "85-110" first torque all 5 lugs (in the proper sequence) to 85 foot pounds and, then, re-torque them to 110 foot pounds. This is pretty much standard procedure with composite rims. It allows for a more gradual tightening in order to obviate fracturing the rims...
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same thing happend to me with 35's and spacers, but the tire didnt come off, jeep just started driving funny and when i pulled over to check it out i nocied i snapped a stud off the spacer.
no way the dealer will cover that, MAYBE if you had stock rims/tires and the dealer did the brake job. id say your best bet is insurance you dont want to foot the bill yourself

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I'm sorry I tried to steal your wheels. In return for the inconvenience I have caused, I will give you a nice set of OEM front rotors, if you end up needing one.
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Glad all is well to but if the axle is shot I would upgrade. Just pay the difference.

I'm sure I'll think of something
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I'm sorry I tried to steal your wheels. In return for the inconvenience I have caused, I will give you a nice set of OEM front rotors, if you end up needing one.
It was the rear driver. Don't know if it's worth the drive to the springs in the F350 to get them if you've got 'em though.

Thanks for the offer man.

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Not a burn, when you go surf the forums posts and keep seeing the same one pop up, come'on man what does he expect to hear from one board to the next?

Here-----Per factory "85-110" first torque all 5 lugs (in the proper sequence) to 85 foot pounds and, then, re-torque them to 110 foot pounds. This is pretty much standard procedure with composite rims. It allows for a more gradual tightening in order to obviate fracturing the rims...
It's not what I expected to hear, I'm not trying to troll for attention, I really wanted to get it out in the open...I didn't ask any questions in the OP.

I posted on JF yesterday just to bring it up, then today thought, "Man, not everyone is on JF" Off to JKO I go! Then I thought, "Man, not everyone owns a Jeep." Off to Colorado4x4 I run....It was just a lot easier to copy and paste it then to type up something else. I realize that my post may have been a bit of a story more than an information session.

Sorry if it inconvenienced your forum browsing efficiency....I'm on days off at the moment and have the time.

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Iíd have that torque wrench calibration checked. I just had one of my Snapon ones done at it was way off (its 15 years old had hadnít been checked in all that time).

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I have had an aftermarket wheel loosen up on my JK as well after Im certain it was tight. I have never had this issue before with any vehicle including 9 other Jeeps. No idea why it did it and now I check them monthly.

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It's not what I expected to hear, I'm not trying to troll for attention, I really wanted to get it out in the open...I didn't ask any questions in the OP.

I posted on JF yesterday just to bring it up, then today thought, "Man, not everyone is on JF" Off to JKO I go! Then I thought, "Man, not everyone owns a Jeep." Off to Colorado4x4 I run....It was just a lot easier to copy and paste it then to type up something else. I realize that my post may have been a bit of a story more than an information session.

Sorry if it inconvenienced your forum browsing efficiency....I'm on days off at the moment and have the time.
Hay thanks for telling us and every one else. your just looking out for others, and Im glad your wife is ok.


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that happened on my car hauler, if the nuts are loose, the rim will work its way off.

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