I have a better challenge. Lets see who can hit themselves in the face with a
shovel the most times before they give up. Post your answer when you wake up.
Yeah, and quite possibly have a thousand dollars in body work to do and maybe a
brake disk to replace. Maybe a punctured tire and/or damaged rim.
If you really want to tr this, you could back your lug nuts off a quarter inch
and drive until you heard the thump. That would tell you the same thing with
relatively little risk to you vehicle.
On Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:10:05 -0700 (PDT), Larry Fishel
I did that too once. I guess I hadn't tightened the wheel, and I was
going 100 miles from NYC to Allentown Pa. 70 miles in it started
thumping, but I jumped to the conclusion it was a bad wheel bearing
and just kept driving (which is a bad idea for a bearing too.)
When I finally got to my desitnation, I looked and the wheel was lose
and I'd damaged the threads on one or two of the studs. Left front
wheel. IIRC I tightened four of them and a couple weeks later, I
punched out the bad stud(s?) and replaced it. The same guy at
Atlantic Wheel and Rim had told me no one uses a press to remove studs
either, even though the shop manual says to do that. They use a
hammer and a punch or a drift.
On Tue, 16 Oct 2012 03:35:30 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, I drove with no lug nuts and no studs on one wheel and I did it
in the heart of Lower Manhattan, including going up Broadway the wrong
way on a one-way street.
Admittedly, it was a summer Sunday at 7PM and in *lower* Manhattan,
there were no cars coming, probably no moving cars except on Canal.
I had had surgery the previous Dec. 15th, and I left my car in Long
Island City (Queens) while I was in the hospital and recuperating.
It snowed the first day, and on one wheel I had nol put the hubcap.
They plowed the street, but that just pushed more snow up against my
In August I took my brother to the Newark airport, and when I got back
to the car, that tire was flat. The nuts were rusted on. I had to
literally stand on the lug wrench to free them, but 3 or 4 studs
broke and 1 or 2 (adjacent) studs didn't. I didn't want to have to
have the car towed to a gas station, then go back to Brooklyn and have
to come back the next day. I decided to drive home on surface
streets. It was the left rear tire. When I turned left or went
straight ahead it was fine. When I turned right, it went thump, thump
thlump. I guess Newark Airport is about 15 miles from the Holland
tunnel, and I went maybe 20 mph where it was straigjht, slower
When I got to the Holland Tunnel I hesitated. There is a big fine for
breaking down in the Holland Tunnel, I guess it includes a big charge
for the tow truck, plus I didn't want to tie up traffic when I broke
down. (Sunday evenings traffic into the city is heavy with people who
went away for the weekend.) . But I'm an idiot so I continued. I
made itt through the tunnel, even with a 130^ right curve at the end
and went east on Beach St. to merge with Canal. Just as I approached
Broadway, my last stud broke and the car, a '67 Pontiac Catalina,
fell on the frame I guess since the brake drum never got hurt. I
thought I'd be in big trouble if it sat there for Monday morning rush
hour, but I found a parking lot a short block up Broadway. .
Not thinking it would work I jacked up the car and put the wheel on,
lowered the jack and made it less than an inch before it fell off. I
tried it again and made it 2 feet. I tried it a third time and I went
15 feet forward, turned left, went 100 feet north, turned left again
and went over the curb, across the side walk, right next to the
building on my left. Then I put the jack back in the trunk and took
the subway home to Brooklyn
That night I read the shop manual on replacing studs, said to use a
hydraulic press. The next morning I rode my bicycle to Atlantic Wheel
and Rim on Atlantic Ave. I like to talk (as you can see) and I told
the guy about my problem. He said no one uses a press to put in
studs. They put them through the hole, put the lug nut on and tighen
the nut and that pullls the stud in. I bought 5 of each for 10
dollars or less. Took the bike back, took the train to my car and in
30 or 45 minutes the car was fixed. The lot manager wanted to
charge me for 3 days parking, because I had spanned three spaces, but
I convinced him it was only 10 AM and he'd rent the spaces after I
left, and he settled for a day and half.
I still can't believe i drove 135 feet, and the whole cost to me was
$10 and 2 subway fares.
Yup. Maybe if you go straight ahead you can go pretty far?
Back around 1970 or 71, I had a similar thing happen to an old truck.
Several studs were broken and eventually the last ones broke and the
wheel fell off. It was a front tire. I was about 25 blocks from home,
and late in the evening. I walked home, and took two pieces of
hardwood. Drilled 2 holes in each piece. The plan was to clamp them
around the hub. However, I had no bolts long enough, and the hardware
stores were closed. That's when I noticed the old bicycle in our
basement. I removed the long bolts and nuts that hold the bike wheel to
After getting a friend to drive me back to the truck, I rigged the wood
blocks and bike bolts over the hub, and tightened them as tight as I
could. The friend followed me in his car, and I got about halfway home
when I could feel the wheel was wobbling. I re-tightened the wood
blocks, and continued home. The wheel fell off right when I got into my
parking space behind our house. The next day I had the neighbor (a race
car builder and mechanic), fix it properly. That's when I learned it
was not a tough job and did not require a press.
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