Quote, originally posted by omahavibe Â»engineertwin2, that's got to be a typo -- retorque the lugs after 50 miles???My husband and I have owned well over 50 cars in the last 20 years (we trade...alot) and I have never heard of such a thing. Nor has any dealer ever said, btw, go home and then drive back so we can torque the lugs....This car had less than 3000 miles on it and the back wheel fell off. That is a manufacturer problem, not an owner maintenance issue!!!It's no typo. Most people don't do it and there are several conditions that may contribute to it, but mostly temperature dependent. Thermal creep can happen quite frequently and is why I suggested it may be a problem. Have your 50+ other cars ALL had larger diameter aluminum wheels?I did not mean to imply this was 100% the problem, but it does happen, and it is more common in cars with lower torque capacities. Dealers don't know wheels like wheel and tire guys do. All I'm saying is that I've seen a couple SAE papers indicating just this problem and HAVE heard of it. I thought I'd double check on my own wheels and I did see some slipping after an initial trip of 35 miles after a tire rotation.When you get gas, what do you check? Most people barely check tire pressure once a month, let alone every fill-up or two. We should also be checking fluids every fill up and performing a visual inspection on the wheels/tires. I wouldn't dream of suggesting that a visual would've caught this, but there are a ton of manufacturer/quality of build issues that can be caught on visuals. Again, I'm not suggesting you were wrong, but just trying to point out all possibilities. You should also ensure that ALL of the lug nuts were replaced on that wheel. I'd also be pretty serious about asking them to install new lug studs as they could be tweaked.
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