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Changing a tire

I haven't been on here in a while b/c ownership has been pleasantly unremarkable. But thought I'd share my one bad experience I'd had recently. A few months ago, I had a blowout on the interstate. When I went to change the tire, the lug bolts just spun around like they were stripped. I realized they were just little caps over the actual bolt. But I had no way to "make" them work and ended up calling roadside assistance. When the guy got there, he said these caps are flimsy and when they get overtorqued, they no longer properly contact the underlying bolt and won't let you remove them. He ended up having to basically pry the caps off to get to the underlying bolt in order to change the tire. Anyone notice this or have an experience like this?

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? No. I had a nail in one of my tires. Luckily, I was at home. I changed it in the garage. Mine were normal lugs -- just like any other car I've had. I have the 18" wheels.

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I haven't been on here in a while b/c ownership has been pleasantly unremarkable. But thought I'd share my one bad experience I'd had recently. A few months ago, I had a blowout on the interstate. When I went to change the tire, the lug bolts just spun around like they were stripped. I realized they were just little caps over the actual bolt. But I had no way to "make" them work and ended up calling roadside assistance. When the guy got there, he said these caps are flimsy and when they get overtorqued, they no longer properly contact the underlying bolt and won't let you remove them. He ended up having to basically pry the caps off to get to the underlying bolt in order to change the tire. Anyone notice this or have an experience like this?


That's pretty typical of lug bolts these days.. My Jeep is also the same with caps. Per the Jeep dealer corrosion and heavy use of impact guns is the problem. The lug cover/cap begin to separate and moisture and salt get inside - Subsequent freezing and corrosion can make that cap fall off or become completely loose.

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I haven't been on here in a while b/c ownership has been pleasantly unremarkable. But thought I'd share my one bad experience I'd had recently. A few months ago, I had a blowout on the interstate. When I went to change the tire, the lug bolts just spun around like they were stripped. I realized they were just little caps over the actual bolt. But I had no way to "make" them work and ended up calling roadside assistance. When the guy got there, he said these caps are flimsy and when they get overtorqued, they no longer properly contact the underlying bolt and won't let you remove them. He ended up having to basically pry the caps off to get to the underlying bolt in order to change the tire. Anyone notice this or have an experience like this?
I've had these cheap lug nuts on my last 3 or 4 cars. One of the first things I did with my MKC was go to Amazon. You can buy a set of 20 solid chrome lug nuts for about $20.00. I have two sets of wheels and tires (summer & snows), so I change them over myself twice a year. It's a lot easier with solid lug nuts, and the same tire wrench fits.
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...good idea...could you post a detail info on how to go about in Amazon to get those lug nuts?....for the benefit of us inadequate Amazon users/searchers?....
Thanks help is appreciated
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...good idea...could you post a detail info on how to go about in Amazon to get those lug nuts?....for the benefit of us inadequate Amazon users/searchers?....
Thanks help is appreciated

Just go to Amazon.com. When you get the search screen just enter "Lincoln MKC chrome lug nuts". You'll find several different types listed. Just order the ones you want, and you'll have them in the mail shortly.

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...thanks for the info....but this afternoon I quickly check the wheel nut in my 2017 and it appear that thet are metal..of course will double check....is there a possibility the 2017 late model came with different nuts...my MKC select was built 4/17
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...thanks for the info....but this afternoon I quickly check the wheel nut in my 2017 and it appear that thet are metal..of course will double check....is there a possibility the 2017 late model came with different nuts...my MKC select was built 4/17

Nothing has changed they are an aluminum cap pressed over steel. The aluminum cap is to maintain the appearance over the years but its steel that has to contact the lug for strength - Many Ford products use the same wheel nut... Be advised that going with pure steel/chrome will tend to corrode more if you live in an area that uses road salt in the winter. Also once you use an impact wrench on a chrome wheel nut and scratch/chip the chrome surface they will start to rust.

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...I see...said the blind man...so going the Amazon route and changing lug nuts as suggested by mikesduce it will be futile effort...so any ideas how to attack this problem I live in NJ....salt all over the roads...
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I've used impact wrenches on my cars for years and never had a issue with these lug nuts. You need the correct size six-sided socket. As far as corrosion, if you wash your car regularly you won't have a problem. Chrome certainly won't corrode like the factory caps will. Like anything else, there are different levels of quality. If you buy a decent brand, the quality will be good, and you won't have any problem. Believe me, I live in Syracuse, NY, and know all about road salt.

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