When to use loctite and when to use antiseize?



More and more I am inclined to compare fixated, compulsive adherence to “official dogma” with fixation on following the directions of a GPS. It’s as outrageous to consider using anti seize on lugs criminal sabotage as it is to drive in circles following the delirium of RECALCULATING.

How destructive is motor oil on lugs? Before answering go into a muddy field with a 1" breaker bar with a 1-1/2" socket and remove and reinstall the rear wheel on a tractor. You’ll wish that the threads had been lubricated at the previous installation. Same when dealing with a flat on a dual wheel bob truck with 8 lug wheels on the side of a busy highway.

Again, after many years using anti seize on wheel lugs without using a torque wrench I have never, ever had a failure resulting from doing so. From Chevettes to tandem axle dump trucks there was never a failure and most of the vehicles were in fleets that no one worked on outside my shop.


At the very least, you should inspect them to see if they have loosened up at all. Use a torque wrench to retorque them and if the bolt or nut moves at all, then they were getting loose. If they were getting loose, clean the threads with a solvent like a brake cleaner and add some loctite to the threads. I suspect that if they were properly torqued in the first place, they will not move on a retorque.


Alright thanks will do!


The factory service manual will usually say when Loctite or similar adhesive is recommended on a bolt, nut, or stud. It’s not a very common thing except on some drive train parts (clutch, differential gears, etc) . I wouldn’t guess it is needed on the suspension parts you are working on, but consulting the factory service manual will say yes or no if you want certainty.