Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 11:02:24 -0600 From: Rodney Orr <rod899ktnopsamoo.ca> Subject: Re: rear wheel bolts seized!
Hi Simon, Thanks for the advice. Another problem with those quick change places is that the "mechanic" is often little better than a trained ape who puts 100% of his air wrench into tightening the bolts. I change my wheels twice a year (I have 4 snow tires on a second set of wheels) so that probably helps keep the wheel bolts (lugs) from seizing -- and I use grease on them every time. I recently had a puncture in my snow tire and had the repair shop shop reinstall the wheel for me. When time came only a few days later to remove it and put the suimmer tires on, I had a h*ll of a time to remove it. My owners manual (1989) cautions against using an air wrench because of the difficulty to remove the wheels after and because they might damage the wheel. The recommended tightening torque is 105-125 Nm. I know of some 1/2 inch air wrenches that put out a maximum of 680Nm! Rodney On Sun, 11 May 2003 17:01:57 +0200, Simon Putz <simon.putznopsamline.de> wrote: > hi, > > i just went to change my rear brake pads on my 89 9000T and i had to find > that i couldnt get the wheel bolts out. ok i thought and got the air > wrench > out, didnt help just throwed sparks all over. and that was the big one. > i ended up using the wheel thingie in the original saab equipment from > the > trunk and putting some bmw differential wrench extension over it what > made > this bar a total length of like 80cm . with some cracking the bolts went > out > and they were completely seized and rotten. > so i can just give you this advice if youre from germany, never go to one > of > these ATU quick wheel change places. they do really suck. apparently they > didnt put ANY grease on the bolts. the front was almost as bad, but the > bolts went off easier. i called the tire changing place and told them > about > it and they just said that that is not possible, i even talked to the > mechanic but he didnt admit anything. after they told me some bullshit > about > the grease drying out (lol yea sure) i just told them to f*** off and i > guess they lost atleast one customer instantly and will definately lose > alot > more when i spread the message through my whole social network ;) > it really seems that i find more and more reasons to do EVERYTHING on my > car > on my own. > > bye > > simon > > > -- Using M2, Opera's revolutionary e-mail client: http://www.opera.com/m2/