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Old January 2nd, 2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Lug nut loosening on Mountaineer

I'm posting this here because of the traffic.

My mom has a Mountaineer (2002, IIRC). Last summer, had the left front wheel come off going down the freeway. Just came off, rolling down the road. Luckily, it tracked pretty well and she was fine. Wheels were rotated and retorqued as spec'd.

Today, on her way home from work, had the right front wheel come almost completely off. One lugnut missing, two loose, and three finger tight. My dad is pretty pissed about the whole thing. Had new tires put on about 5000 miles ago, and again, had wheels retorqued after 500 miles.

It has 90k on it. Anyone have issues with Mountaineers (or Explorers, but I know they have different wheels) doing this? It is just really odd for it to happen twice. Today, she had bad wobble (of course), and almost hit someone head on. Thank goodness it was avoided, and she is fine, but now she is going to be leery as hell to drive it.

Any Ford techs on here have any experience or seen this trend? I'd hate to see her buy something new just because of this, but can totally see her doing so if it doesn't get resolved.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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i had on video on the side of the highway in lansing heading back from the mounds my buddy on the phone with his dad in a terrable voice, "Dad, Daaad, my tire just passed me on the highway"
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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wrong lug nuts installed possibly.
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I lost the same tire doing 55 MPH going from one wheeling spot to another. I still have a flat side on my rotor.
I'd recommend checking the lug nuts to make sure they're tight every so often.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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sounds like somebodys messing with your moms vehicle. Switch 2 of the lug nuts to security keyed nuts
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sounds like somebodys messing with your moms vehicle. Switch 2 of the lug nuts to security keyed nuts
My thoughts too..
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Did you change the studs after the first time?
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change studs and loctite
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I had this same problem when I ran the cast alum 5 spoke jeep rims back in the early 90's. could not keep the lugnuts on for the life of me. had to carry spare lugnuts. didn't matter what stud, lugs, they would just come off. this was a garaged vehicle too. didn't have the problem with the steel rims before or after I ditched the alums. it was strange.
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