Charles working on Mercedes
One of our customers was driving down the road when a wheel on their Mercedes fell off.
The impact resulted in damage to the steering knuckle, which connects suspension and steering parts.
It also damaged the hub bearing, which allows the wheels to rotate.
Old and New Hub Bearing
Charles replaced them and the brake dust shield last month.
Brake dust shield
This is one reason why it’s important to torque lug nuts correctly.
We hand torque all of our lug nuts when putting wheels back on a vehicle after completing a project, such as a tire rotation or brake repair.
Our technicians use torque limiters and torque wrenches.
If you don’t torque the lug nuts enough, it will leave the wheel loose and ruin the wheel, the wheel studs, and wheel bearing.
Overtightening the lug nuts, however, will weaken the threads on the wheel studs, which can cause a failure.
This article was written by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire, an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer in Woodbridge. The auto repair shop performs various services, including oil changes, alignments and computer engine diagnostics.
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