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Going (Lug) Nuts (Lug Nut Replacement)

Posted January 24, 2021 7:04 AM

Here's a part of your vehicle you probably don't think about much: lug nuts.  They're what fasten your wheels onto your axles.  Pretty important, right? In order to take the wheels off your vehicle to service the brakes, rotate the tires, etc., the lug nuts have to be in good shape so a wrench will grip them tightly. 

Because lug nuts are on your wheels, they are exposed to all the elements of the road (salt, water, grime) and really take a beating. Unfortunately, some manufacturers have made them out of two different metals.  Underneath is the working part of the lug nut, made of steel.  On top is the decorative (the "good looking") part, made out of chrome, stainless steel or aluminum.  After a while, the steel part begins to corrode and expands.  That changes the shape of the outer cap, sometimes rounding off the hexagonal edges and making it hard (if not impossible) to either loosen or tighten the lug nuts since the wrench won't fit any more. 

The reason that's so important is those lug nuts must be functional, especially if you find you have a flat tire somewhere on the road.  If the wheel can't come off to be swapped with a spare, it leaves few options, one of which is your vehicle may have to be towed.  All that for corroded lug nuts!

When you take your vehicle in for service, the technician who works on it keeps an eye on many things, especially if he or she is removing wheels.  It's not unusual for your service advisor to recommend you replace several lug nuts at once since some corrode at a different rate than others. Your repair facility is trying to help you avoid driving a vehicle that has wheels that can't easily be taken off when they need to be.

The good news is there are one-piece lug nuts that don't have the problem the two-piece lug nuts have, so replacing them could eliminate that from happening again any time soon.  And that's not "nuts" at all.

Hill's Auto Repair, Inc.
22829 colton point rd
Bushwood, Maryland 20618
301-769-2400



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    , 06/27/2022

    Unless you hang out around the 7th District you may not be aware of this repair shop. I was referred by a family friend who is a ASE mechanic. I have had a chronic problem with my 2006 pickup truck for the last 2 years that no other shop has been able to successfully diagnosis or repair, including the dealer. I emailed Hills Auto Repair asking for an estimate on what I thought might solve the problem. David emailed me back asking to see and inspect the vehicle first rather than simply provide an estimate. I made an appointment and I dropped the truck off. The next day David called me to say that his technician was able to isolate the problem, and was even able to experience the issue I described during his extended test drive. David said his technician was most certain as to what was wrong and that he could repair my truck that day. The actual repair cost was much, much less than what I thought it was going to be had they done what I was initially asking the estimate for. I truly felt David and the technician were honest and looking out for my interest rather than their bottom line. I picked my truck up that evening and it ran fantastic. It has now been almost one week and the truck is running as good as the day I bought it, something it hasn't done in quite awhile. The good folks at Hill's Auto Repair saved me thousands of dollars since now I no longer have to worry about buying a new truck in this market. Needless to say I am elated, I simply cannot express in words how happy I am that my truck has been properly serviced and is running so great. If you need your car or truck serviced it is worth the trip to Hill's Auto Repair.

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    , 06/21/2022

    Very reasonably priced, very friendly staff, and speedy service...in and out. Great work and I will certainly be a returning customer!

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    , 06/12/2022

    We are very happy with Hill's Auto Repair. They are very professional and friendly. We have found a good shop to do our auto repairs.

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    , 06/08/2022

    Excellent shop!! Awesome customer service that you will not get any where else.

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    , 05/25/2022

    Very professional and courteous.

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    , 05/18/2022

    As always they delivered great service and got my vehicle back on the road quickly.

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