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Unread 12-05-2011, 12:24 AM   #1
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I am looking for something that physically prevents the lug nuts on my wheels from coming off. It would really help put my mind at ease cause every so often the nuts come loose and I hear stories about peoples wheels falling off. I want some kind of shim you can add that stops the bolt from rotating. Does such a thing exist? I have a 2004 ford focus

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Unread 12-05-2011, 12:41 AM   #2
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Wheel nut indicators

They are available for large trucks like semi's, but they don't stop the wheel nut from coming loose, just indicate when they do by pointing away from where you installed them. The smallest size available is around 23 mm.

In over 50 years I have never had a wheel nut come off that was tightened correctly. I have installed thousands of wheels and never had wheel nuts come off. You can be sure the manufacturer is very meticulous in this area.

With the proper wheels and studs and nut in good shape, tighten the wheel nuts according to manufacturer specs and you are good.
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Unread 12-05-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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lug nuts do not loosen on there own. Most of the time the studs shear from being over tightened or they were never tightened in the first place. which coukd be due to improper wheel fitment, damage to the studs, nuts, hub, or wheel.
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If your lug nuts are coming loose, there is something wrong. Locks on the nuts are for extra assurance, not to stop an existing problem.

Either your not torquing them down right.
Threads are dirty and gripping before the proper torque is reached.
Threads are stretched and the lugs/studs need replaced.
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To answer the title question, yes, there is. It's called a torque wrench.
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