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Old 09-26-2005, 04:32 PM   #1
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Is there a plastic cap on the newer Airstreams lug nuts?I was attempting to check the lug nuts to see about tightening them and it seems that there is a plastic cover over the lugs.Am i wrong?If not,How do I take these off to get to them.Thanks.
I tried looking in the manual but there is nothing on this subject.
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Old 09-26-2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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Is there a plastic cap on the newer Airstreams lug nuts?I was attempting to check the lug nuts to see about tightening them and it seems that there is a plastic cover over the lugs.Am i wrong?If not,How do I take these off to get to them.Thanks.
I tried looking in the manual but there is nothing on this subject.
I can't swear to this, but many lug nuts that come with alloy wheels have a stainless steel cover over the hex. This cover does not come off. Or, I should say, it is not supposed to come off.
It is of paramount importance that you use a deep socket that slips all the way over this lug nut. Make sure the socket is of the correct size. If you try and use a short socket, or in certain cases even a wheel cross wrench, then you might shear off the lug nut, or at least the stainless covering.
It is also always a good idea to re-torque the lugs after having the wheels removed at least once after about 100 miles or so.
I set my torque wrench to 110lbs.
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:13 PM   #3
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Yes, I've been looking at doing a reply to the '2006 Quality' thread and this is one of the few issues I have found! Think you have a loose nut? No! It's the stupid sleeve rotating because it is not in close contact with the underlying nut. I would gladly pay 4*,*** + $40 to get real honest-to-goodness stainless steel nuts. This is getting just a bit too chintzy!

Bet the SOBs might try to get away with this -- but I'm not sure I want to bet against the SOBs on this one.... Shame Airstream! Do we believe that Jackson Center lurks around these forums? I would invite a reasoned reply. I am willing to pay for the "upgrade" -- anybody with [name your least favorite Big 3] alloy wheels wouldn't find such a ruse on an economy car.
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So I am able to replace these lugs with better ones as long as I get the right size or are they a special lug for this type of abuse?
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So I am able to replace these lugs with better ones as long as I get the right size or are they a special lug for this type of abuse?
No need to replace the lug nuts. They won't rotate or rattle unless they have been abused.
Just buy a decent lug wrench for the trailer. Or an deep impact socket and a breaker bar.
Steel lug nuts will look dingy very soon against a nice clean alloy wheel, which is why they do the stainless covers.
I have never seen lug nuts made from stainless steel.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:08 AM   #6
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The lug caps stay on. They may work loose a bit, but that doesn't mean that the lug itself is loose. I posted this on the '06 QC thread and would suggest to anyone that a good torque wrench is purchased and carried as part of the basics when you travel. You can read the full post here and it is post #41:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...t=16147&page=3
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