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Joined: December 1st, 2007, 10:55 pm

April 24th, 2008, 4:42 am #1

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
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Joined: December 21st, 2004, 3:04 am

April 24th, 2008, 5:16 am #2


It took the entire left front fender off.

All <STRONG>MY</STRONG> fault...

I now use a torque wrench and insure each lug is torqued to 55 pounds, EVENLY!

With the calamities you've run up against TIME AFTER TIME lately... It may behove you to set back and assess what you are doing...&nbsp;

Most who know me would think that sounds strange coming from me... but I'm outta things to offer you.


My best,



Tony
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Joined: January 7th, 2005, 5:54 pm

April 24th, 2008, 8:50 pm #3

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
though I'm ashamed to admit it

Was cutting a bit more off my front springs last year and got the car put together about 9:30 at night. Thought I'd take a little drive to see what the difference was like, and noticed a weird noise when I was about 1 mile from home. Pulled over and found my drivers front wheel was loose -- forgot to tighten the lugs beyond finger tight! And of course my sockets were back in the garage.

Pulled over a few more times on the way home to finger tighten the lugs, feeling very sheepish.

John
'80 1500, 34DATR
Columbus, OH
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April 24th, 2008, 9:34 pm #4

Any chance you will be around for the weekend of May 16th?

Thomas
Delaware, Ohio

BB 4RE (Now owned by Bob Brown)


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Joined: June 17th, 2005, 11:39 pm

April 24th, 2008, 11:20 pm #5

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
Gotta check and double check those lug bolts.

Had a drivers side rear pass me at 50+. Found the tire about a 1/2 mile up the road in an alligator infested swamp.

funny thing tho', 3 out of the 4 lug bolts were found. 1 was still in the rim cockied.


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1982 Fiat X-1/9 (the pee'd off bumble bee) Soon to be Turbo'd

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Joined: June 17th, 2005, 11:39 pm

April 24th, 2008, 11:23 pm #6

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
Gotta check and double check those lug bolts.

Had a drivers side rear pass me at 50+. Found the tire about a 1/2 mile up the road in an alligator infested swamp.

funny thing tho', 3 out of the 4 lug bolts were found. 1 was still in the rim cockied.


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1982 Fiat X-1/9 (the pee'd off bumble bee) Soon to be Turbo'd

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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

April 25th, 2008, 3:51 am #7

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
Did I sound convincing when I typed that??

I did the same thing about two years ago. I was greasing up the pucks on my front brakes and torqued the pass side, but had only finger tightened the driver's. Fortunately I only went around the block and heard that dreadful clunking about half way around. This was with my Daytonas on the car. I was really worried I had ruined one, but I was lucky that day. I re-tightened and rolled home VERY SLOWLY!!

jd


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April 25th, 2008, 4:25 pm #8

can you say BIG DUMMY? after i installed the new plugs today, i headed out. 4 blocks away the car stalled in a not so major intersection. luckily there was a slight slope in the road. i rolled thru, found one of the clips poped loose on the dizzy. easy fix. hopped on the freeway, got up to 70 - 75 and the steering wheel started to shimmy a little. damn what now. just a couple exits to go, ill take it easy. i heard a loud thud, and the wheel went nuts. luckily i got it over to the side and eased on the brakes. i thought i had a flat. when i got out and looked i found the drivers front tire was now only attached to the car with one lug. and one lug was lying right next to the tire totally stripped. and that lug was 1/2 to 3/4s out, leaving the wheel at an odd angle. damn that was close, damn i feel dumb. im 47 and ive never lost a wheel before, had these wheels off so many times lately, i just forgot to torque them.
i jacked up the car to reset the wheel but had to wait fot triple a to bring tools. that could have goe really really bad. once the tire was reset, i headed to marks to replace the lost lugs and repair the threads in the hub. all is well. cant wait to see what happens next.

reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
I lost the driver side rear wheel while driving along a side road at about 50mph. The wheel came off and went straight back folding up the rear part of the fender as it went. Needless to say I discovered the lowest point on the car is the ball joint nut which was ground down to the thickness of a washer. After that I tossed all my wheel bolts and bought some OMP studs.
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April 25th, 2008, 10:13 pm #9

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reyy
longtime fiat freak
74 x1/9
san dimas, ca
USA
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