After a long tiring day following an all night college study session, I needed to take a break from studying. I decided putting on my summer tires on my '97 Mustang would be a productive excuse to go outside for some air. After removing my winter tires, I felt like I could sleep for a week, but I pushed forward and finished putting my summer tires on.
The problem is that in my exhausted state, what felt like the lug nuts getting tight was really just my arms being tired–because apparently they weren’t tight at all. All of the lug nuts were loose, and needed about 2-4 full rotations to tighten. I felt a strange vibration and when I mentioned it to my dad he suggested that I check my lug nuts right away–and I should have listened.
The wheels must have been wobbling against the nuts, because there is a quarter-sized (as in the 25 cent coin) abrasion now carved into the metal rim around each of the nuts. I don’t recall there being any indent previously, although the nuts are normally covered by the stock plastic cover, I would have remembered that… plus there are heaps of metal shavings between the cover and nuts.
One lug nut actually broke off from deep inside, and is not connected to the wheel. From the research I’ve done, I should be able to get away with using 4 out of the 5 nuts for a while, but I’ve made an appointment to get it fixed.
The question is: at what point should the rim be completely replaced? The abrasion looks pretty serious, but I’m hoping the thickness remaining between the rim and the nut is still in the safe zone–but I don’t know where the line is for when its too thin to be safe, because the lug nuts don’t even matter if the rim itself breaks!
The “Attach a file” link to share pictures on this forum doesn’t seem to be working, so here are some pictures I took of the damage: http://postimg.org/gallery/39fbdz042/
Once again, this is for a 1997 Ford Mustang.
Thanks for reading,
pray my wheels don’t fly off in the meantime!