Lost 2 drive tires 7 hrs after repair

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Fatboy2000, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Fatboy2000

    Fatboy2000 Bobtail Member

    30
    38
    Aug 11, 2019
    0
    Does anyone know the liability of a tire shop that apparently did not tighten lugs after repairing a flat? My husband had a repair done on inside Drive Tire at 1 p.m. today. Six hours the road while pulling a load... Felt the jolt so he pulled over and both tires are now gone rims and all.. Has this ever happened to anyone and what was your outcome with the original tire shop?
    Btw.. He is currently walking back up the road to hopefully find his tires
    Before service truck gets there.
     
  2. Intothesunset

    Intothesunset Road Train Member

    2,298
    4,801
    Apr 15, 2019
    truck
    0
    Checking nut torque is required on the receipt usually for 50 miles after service is done.
     
  3. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    13,435
    89,707
    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    0
    Uhoh...

    6 hours. That may be the problem.

    I can’t help you with the legal questions, but did the wheels hit anyone or cause any damage to private property? When he signed off on the work receipt, was there anything about how he should pull over in 50 miles to get the wheels retorqued?

    Does your husband own the truck? If he does, and the wheels didn’t hit anyone or cause any damage, I would be happy with the service truck bill and chock the rest to education as one of those mistakes that I’d never ever make again.
     
  4. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    6,373
    11,773
    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    0
    BS The tire shop is liable and will gladly pay the bill. The wheels will be junk, probably the studs too.
    Thatis if you even find them, I have taken an airplane looking for them before, with no luck, they can roll forever.
     
    Cabinover101, rachi, Bean Jr. and 6 others Thank this.
  5. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

    2,299
    4,103
    Aug 10, 2013
    Lords Valley, PA
    0
    Legally, the tire shop should shoulder all the liability although I would be willing to bet they have a disclaimer on their invoice requiring the driver to stop and have the lugs retorqued within 50 or 100 miles. Failure to have a reciept to prove this was done will cause them to deny liability.

    Now, as a former shop owner, I have seen many shops sued successfully for this exact problem, even big shops that use torque wrenches and document everything. I would ask the shop to make it right, pay for the damaged wheels, lugs and studs. The smart ones will pay just to make it go away.

    Finally, always stop and double check lug nuts after a tire change. I was reminded of this just two weeks ago. I had work done on my wife's Subaru, never checked on it and found the right rear wheel about to fall off after about 300 miles. Scary since she had been carting the grandkids around all day.
     
  6. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

    2,330
    3,556
    Aug 30, 2009
    Charlottesville, VA
    0
    Take lots of pictures. Mileage, wheels, everything. Lol if they don't want to pay don't make a big deal out of it. Just write down all the full names and response to everyone you talk to about it.

    Take it to court.
     
    Cabinover101 and Fatboy2000 Thank this.
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    3,885
    8,648
    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    0
    [QUOTE="Fatboy2000, post: 9323904, member: 272761"He is currently walking back up the road to hopefully find his tires Before service truck gets there.[/QUOTE]

    He might be walking the wrong way. There are many instances of wheels coming off and passing the truck they came off of.
     
  8. was it done at Joe schmoes or someplace like that??
    are reputable place..
    see if it was done at one of the Big chain shaft like boss tire shop Pilot ta Petro Sapp Brothers loves
    anytime a wheel assembly is loose and it says on there be sure to retorque within fifty to a hundred miles..
    most people don't do it honestly but if you have a new tire put on especially on a tractor it's best to do that just stopped pay the 10 or 15 bucks and say check the torque unless you bought it from the same place like ta you can go to any TA or Petro and have the torque checked..this is basically the tire shops release of liability if it shows that they were not stopped and torqued properly or rechecked for proper torque..
     
    Cabinover101 Thanks this.
  9. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

    2,330
    3,556
    Aug 30, 2009
    Charlottesville, VA
    0
    On a different take on this....

    It happens. I have lost wheels on both trucks and trailers rolling 60 mph. Lug nuts will loosen
     
    Bean Jr. Thanks this.
  10. Fatboy2000

    Fatboy2000 Bobtail Member

    30
    38
    Aug 11, 2019
    0
    It was at a best one tire shop
     
  • Draft saved Draft deleted