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(News On 6 Tulsa)   Protip: After taking your car in to have the tires rotated, always make sure that they tightened the lug nuts before hitting the highway   (newson6.com) divider line 15
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2013-07-31 10:03:41 PM
2 votes:
CSB: I got my brakes fixed at a place here, and it was the end of the day.  They finished my car, and suddenly the dude who'd been working on my car waves me into the service bay to back my car out.  I know that's pretty irregular, but I figure, well, if it's OK with them...So I get in the car, start to back out, put my foot on the brake to slow down a little to start making the turn...and the brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor.  The idiot forgot to pump the brakes to put pressure in the system.  And I am now rolling down an embankment, headed for the plate glass window of a store facing the brake place.

My only thought, at that point, is to start turning the car.  I throw the steering wheel hard to the right, which turns me away from the store's plate glass window, and eventually I crash into a curb in front of the store.  I'm really just too shocked to be really mad about it, at least then.

Anyway, I didn't pay for the brakes, and I got a rental car (much nicer than the one I actually drove) for a couple of weeks while pretty extensive body work was done on my car, all on the store's dime.  But god damn was that some scary shiat.
2013-07-31 09:13:15 PM
2 votes:
CSB: Took my girl's car to get her oil changed because the place was charging less than I could even buy the oil and filter for. He's got the car up on the jack and he says, "One of these lugs is stripped and another post is missing."

I knew about the post but it was impossible that I stripped the lug because I hand tighten them every time. He wanted to replace the posts for $50 I said no way. He tried to say, "Well, the manager is being really cool because he shouldn't let you drive this out of here."

I'm like, "Yeah, I live 5 seconds away and you'll never see me again." Cost me about $4 to replace the posts and lugs myself.
2013-08-01 11:14:26 AM
1 votes:
Protip: Don't stop in the middle of the farking road, even if your god damn wheel fell off. If you do, you are too farking stupid to drive.
2013-08-01 10:59:34 AM
1 votes:

costermonger: Maul555: the E-brake usualy goes to a different set of brakes.... Much crappier brakes... but its there...

It's not a different set of brakes, it just allows you to mechanically engage the (normal) brakes for the rear wheels. That doesn't provide much stopping power though, so the crappier part is certainly valid.


Depends on the car.  Quite a few cars with rear disc brakes have a separate drum brake to act as the emergency brake.  I've got a 2006 G35 that has two drums in the rear to act as the emergency brake.

They do that because disc brakes are hydraulically activated.  If the manufacturer is going to use the disc brakes, they have to add a mechanical caliper that bypasses the hydraulic system.
2013-08-01 10:27:18 AM
1 votes:

Maul555: Those "normal" brakes are usually drum brakes, which are much crappier than the stuff up front.  Drums are about to go the way of the dodo bird though, and I am not sure what they will replace them with.  Drums don't require pressurized fluids to work...As in...  When you hit the brake pedal, you are engaging your front disk brakes in over 90% of vehicles, and not your rear drums....


A front brake bias is pretty much universal in cars, but your brake pedal is definitely causes rear wheel braking as well. There's no particular relationship between e-brakes and drum brakes either, it's just that older (and dirt-cheap new) cars tend to have drums on the rear wheels. If you buy a car with disc brakes on the rear (I'm pushing 30 and I've never owned a vehicle with drum brakes on any wheel), the e-brake still activates them with a cable.
2013-08-01 09:20:06 AM
1 votes:
NTB did this same thing to me once - luckily I was only doing about 25 mph and while the wheel didnt fall off it did get to the wobbly-drunk stage.  I got back to the store and the manager swears to me that it's impossible because blah blah blah - going to so far as to claim the lugs were worn and maybe the nuts stripped back (as if they WOULDNT have tried to charge me $500 to replace them if they had actually noticed that).  I wasnt really that mad when I went in there - I would have taken a couple of free oil changes for my trouble since no real damage was done - but after being lied straight to my face by that asshole I made it my personal mission to let everyone I know never to go in there.
2013-08-01 07:59:01 AM
1 votes:

Deep Contact: The tire places always say to return in a day after rotating the tires because the lug nuts could loosen on aluminum rims, or was that alloy rims.
But wouldn't the lug nuts re-loosen again after re-tightening them?
Seems like an endless loop.


[serious hat]
Crud in the threads can give a false torque reading. This is often worked out over a few miles after the nuts are tightened, leaving them slightly loose. Re-checking after 50 miles or so is a sensible precaution, given that the correct torque is safety critical.
[/serious hat]
2013-08-01 07:33:53 AM
1 votes:
"You picked fine time to leave me loose wheel..."

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2013-08-01 07:26:46 AM
1 votes:
A mechanic friend of mine tells me about this one chucklehead they hired at his shop. Guy comes in with a super-nice sports car of some sorts for a tire rotation. Hands the keys to the chucklehead and demands that he not use the air gun to put the lugs on -- he's to hand-tighten the lugs only. Chucklehead finishes and guy drives off. Apparently he was back a day later pissed as hell as two of his wheels came off as he raced down the interstate. Turns out the chucklehead did "hand-tighten" the lugs -- by hand alone. No torque wrench. No tool of any kind. He tightened them just as tight as his finger-strength would allow. Needless to say, it sounds like it was a real mess, although my friend was pleased it happened to this particular sport-car-guy as he was a real douche.
2013-08-01 07:01:57 AM
1 votes:
After the ordeal did he sing, "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel."
2013-07-31 10:20:37 PM
1 votes:

Lsherm: jaylectricity: CSB: Took my girl's car to get her oil changed because the place was charging less than I could even buy the oil and filter for. He's got the car up on the jack and he says, "One of these lugs is stripped and another post is missing."

I knew about the post but it was impossible that I stripped the lug because I hand tighten them every time. He wanted to replace the posts for $50 I said no way. He tried to say, "Well, the manager is being really cool because he shouldn't let you drive this out of here."

I'm like, "Yeah, I live 5 seconds away and you'll never see me again." Cost me about $4 to replace the posts and lugs myself.

Why the fark were you driving a car with a missing post on one wheel?


4 outta 5 ain't bad.
2013-07-31 09:29:56 PM
1 votes:
my uncle took his minivan into a quick-lube place once and then BAM! massive heart-attack 22 years later.
2013-07-31 08:35:07 PM
1 votes:
Ron White unavailable for comment?
2013-07-31 08:31:19 PM
1 votes:
I ALWAYS double check the work those guys do, or better yet sit in the bay and watch them do it. A friend of mine in college got an oil change from the cut rate local shop, and the village idiots they hired were farking around and forgot to put oil back in her car....
2013-07-31 08:09:20 PM
1 votes:
Did the Joker get away?
 
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