Never seen this before, loose lug nuts on steer tire? (pics)

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  1. 85COE

    85COE Light Load Member

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    Should I be concerned? Driver steer only
     

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  3. JDHIGGINS44

    JDHIGGINS44 Light Load Member

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    Typically a tell tale sign those lugnuts are loose. I would check them ASAP.
     
  4. A5¢

    A5¢ Medium Load Member

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    Agreed. There seems to be an awful lot of rust on the studs and nuts. Clean everything up and retorque.
     
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Agree with the above. Telltale sign that the wheel nuts are loose.
     
  6. Sixela918

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    Rusty trails? Hmmmm.... New country musician? No, I'm pretty sure that was name of some porn stud. Oh wait, I remember, rusty trails is the dead giveaway that lug nuts are loose. At least according to the pretrip routine/script we learned in school.
     
  7. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    And it's a big 'look at me' sign when you go by a cop or the DOT at the scales
     
  8. 85COE

    85COE Light Load Member

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    Thank you for the heads up. In the 15 years I have been driving I have never seen that before. I had checked them and they were all finger tight, but I made it back to the shop which was about 9 Mi away from my drop, and they went ahead and checked all of them, and said that there were four loose on the passenger side.
     
  9. 85COE

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    It wasn't rust, when I wiped it off it was kind of like soot that you would find on an exhaust leak. Black powder type substance
     
  10. A5¢

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    After you get them all cleaned up, don't go gonzo with oiling them. Too much, and the streaks will turn black from the oil slinging off.
     
  11. Arctic_fox

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    Ive seen it a few times. Usually its a lug thats loose or oxidized. I typically just have the lugs replaced as a precaution then clean everything up with coke then brake cleaner.
     
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