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Old 07-28-2012, 06:51 AM   #21
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Just bring all your rusty lugs in pocket, find a nicely maintained BMW at night with shiny lugs.
Swap them and go home happily ever after.
sorry, have never been a thief
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it's a swap. Not theft
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So, i get it that anti seize is a bad idea on lug nuts. It seems my lug nuts are in pretty bad shape and I'm replacing them all. Is there anything recommended to treat them with to keep them smoothly going in and out with no issues/breakage?
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So, i get it that anti seize is a bad idea on lug nuts. It seems my lug nuts are in pretty bad shape and I'm replacing them all. Is there anything recommended to treat them with to keep them smoothly going in and out with no issues/breakage?
they're bolts. not nuts. unless you did a conversion.

Nothing you can do. thin coating anti-seize on the tapered seats if you want but i wouldn't
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A few drops of oil on the threads.
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they're bolts. not nuts. unless you did a conversion.

Nothing you can do. thin coating anti-seize on the tapered seats if you want but i wouldn't
haha, yes bolts! bad habit.
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A few drops of oil on the threads.
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uh, buy new lugs? DUH!
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uh, buy new lugs? DUH!
read the product description , duh
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Or just buy those black plastic lug caps. Can't tell the difference unless you get right up close.
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Or just buy those black plastic lug caps. Can't tell the difference unless you get right up close.
Funny. Dmax told me something similar.

but yeah on topic +1 get caps if you want but i'd rather get new bolts. good PM anyway.
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Is this supposed to be helpful or are you just showing us that you commented before reading the thread?
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I'm not liking the 'little bit of oil on threads' idea. Between having the wheel bolts easy to remove or difficult to remove, I'd favor the latter, since, you know, they're holding on your wheels.

Also, if you were to add oil (I think that was 'trolling advice') you'd substantially change the torque needed. So, if our bolts go on dry with 85 ft lbs, with oil on bolt, you might need just 70 ft lbs or something like that.

I just take a brass wire brush and clean the threads...spray with a cleaner and put them on.
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Trolling? You think? I figured a guy on here with 4000 posts would be posting serious advice. Thanks for the reply.
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I'm not liking the 'little bit of oil on threads' idea. Between having the wheel bolts easy to remove or difficult to remove, I'd favor the latter, since, you know, they're holding on your wheels.

Also, if you were to add oil (I think that was 'trolling advice') you'd substantially change the torque needed. So, if our bolts go on dry with 85 ft lbs, with oil on bolt, you might need just 70 ft lbs or something like that.

I just take a brass wire brush and clean the threads...spray with a cleaner and put them on.
No I was serious about that...I've had mechanics suggest doing so instead of anti-seize. No one seems to like anti-seize for some reason.

Not a lot of oil on it, but a very minute amount on the tip. No one actually needs to do this, and if you're having trouble, then yes you should first use a wire brush and clean them up. Or just get new lugs. A lubricant is basically a last resort. For example, I've been having trouble with my caliper carrier bolts seizing even after cleaning them, so I will clean the inside out real well again and put a tiny dab of oil on the tip of the bolt.

And yes, if you add anything to the threads of something, you have to reduce the torque value by a certain amount. All of the torque values you'll find in the manual are dry values.

People worry about the lugs backing off and whatnot, but isn't that all engineered into the tapered seat to stop that from happening? The biggest danger in applying any lubricant to a bolt is over-torquing.
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thanks for the follow up.

Luckily. (sarcasm), the car is still up on jack stands since i posted the original lol. Hope that rear diff bushing (2nd one) gets delivered today.
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