Any Mechanics Here?

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    I have done a lot of work on vehicles. But Im not a mechanic or anything so a few questions.

    I have a Nissan 4wd. I just got Mud Tires ut on and today I went to change the brakes. I noticed that the fool at the tire place totally broke off a stud where the lug nuts screw on.
    And they didnt even tell me.

    I was wondering if I made a 600mile (round trip) drive, would I be all right till I got back?

    I wont be doing any off-road driving this trip, its all highway miles.
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    I'm no mechanic either but unless you have 6 lugs per rim with 1 broken I don't think I'd trust it.

    Did you lose 1 out of 4? 1 out of 5? Not great odds to me. :)

    Stay safe - get a rental for the trip.
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    What the heck, you've still got 4 or 5 left, right?

    I'm no mechanic, but I drove for a couple weeks down one lug (though always close to home) before I bothered replacing it. Though not on the freeway. If it don't vibrate though, I might risk it. If you are concerned, replacing it really was much quicker than expected. Hose it down now with wd-40. Beat it out, new one goes in. Tighten.

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    I'm not a mechanic either but I have seen plenty of trucks with broken wheel bolts, in fact I saw one once that was a five nut down to a three nut, that was on a construction site, the truck did 60 miles a day as long as I was there...

    It will fail at some point, but probably after 500,000 miles which is way after the rest of the vehicle.

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    I did mechanic work way back when & I've seen plenty of vehicles missing a wheel stud or two. You should be fine. The biggest problem from over torquing lug nuts is warping the brake rotors. You may want to have them properly torque the wheels before your trip, then let them repair when you get back (at no charge to you of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W. View Post
    I did mechanic work way back when & I've seen plenty of vehicles missing a wheel stud or two. You should be fine. The biggest problem from over torquing lug nuts is warping the brake rotors. You may want to have them properly torque the wheels before your trip, then let them repair when you get back (at no charge to you of course).
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    Get it replaced if you can. Andy gave some good reasons why. If you end-up warping your rotor bad enough, you may not be able to get it "turned-out" and you'll be stuck buying a new rotor.
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    you'll be fine, just get it replaced when you get home.
    I've had'em break before due to just plain stress on the tire and wheel while I'm out rockcrawling in the desert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W. View Post
    I did mechanic work way back when & I've seen plenty of vehicles missing a wheel stud or two. You should be fine. The biggest problem from over torquing lug nuts is warping the brake rotors. You may want to have them properly torque the wheels before your trip, then let them repair when you get back (at no charge to you of course).
    Exactly what I was thinking too. also if they are over torqued, it is possible the rest of the studs are fatigued /stressed.
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    Yea don't chance it!
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    I'm a mechanic...but unless it has wings, rotors or jet engines, i'm of no use....but I would agree with fatman.....why take the chance?? I'd go back to that place and ask why they didn't bother to tell you they broke it and have them fix it or replace it.
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    Probably won't do any harm, especially if you have 6-lug wheels. I drove on 5 lugs for quite a while. Then again, its about a 10 minute, $10 fix at any competent shop.

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    I personally would go and fix it when you get back.

    If it a lug that can be replaced by dropping it in then fix it yourself. Some have to be pressed out and then pressed in.
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    I wont be able to fix it before my road trip. And the road trip isn't for pleasure, so its not as though Im just putting it off because Im lazy.
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    My advice as a former Quality Control engineer is to maintain equipment to the design standards that were used to make it. These are not too hard to replace. Just to get you home is OK but to drive a long time is foolhardy.
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