Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Laytonsville, MD
Shouldn't be a safety issue since its just the cosmetic caps... but yes the tire monkeys are hard on the nuts. I keep a box of stock nuts in the glove box. I can count on a few damaged nuts if I take it in for tire service.
The solid nuts are chrome plated and when the same techniques and tools are used it tends to remove the plating and rust happens ... the stock covers are stainless steel so pick your poison I guess.
If I am not doing the tire work I always check them when I get home. Ive found all sorts of crap from torn up nut covers to stripped studs - "we didn't think it was a big deal you have 8 lug wheels ! FU was my response- a full refund and reimburse for replacing the stud, at another shop... unbelievable they let it out the door
No matter what I use anti seize and torque them to 90 ft/lbs
2004 Sienna Pearl
no front bumper extensions
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