My Wheel was loose

Submitted: Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:16
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Yesterday while waiting in the supermarket carpark I noticed that one front wheel appeared to be at a different angle than the other, wasn't too sure though anyway my mates arrived and I quickly forgot about it during the days activities in the bush.

I was looking at it again in the driveway this morning and the wife confirmed that it was at a different angle. Ok out with the jack crank it up, well I was flabbergasted. This wheel was so loose it was flapping in the breeze. Strange thing is driving the vehicle was normal, no hint that anything was amiss.

The four bolts on top of the swivel hub that connect the steering arm were completely loose, no tension on them at all.

I tightened them up and everything appears normal and it drives ok but being no mechanic I was wondering if any damage could have poosibly been done to any components, bearings or something. The wheel spins ok, no noise and it's very snug. Any thoughts.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:37

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:37
Hmmm!! Ray did you check the other side?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:53

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:53
lol, yes John and it checks out ok. Buggered if I know how it got like that.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:00

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:00
4wding in a supermarket car park will have that effect on any 4wd.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:17

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:17
hahaha

It was an unusual day yesterday. The air con fuse blew for no apparent reason. I put a new one in and it's ok.

I went to open the door of the canopy and the flippin glass fell half out, scared the heck out of me..haha Two rivets that hold the frame together had came out of the bottom corner allowing the glass to free fall...hahaha, anyway all fixed with bigger, better and more rivets..both sides. It wont happen again I assure you.

Those supermarket carparks are worse than the bush.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:19

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:19
Ray,

I think that some one is telling you to up grade to a Troopie.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:27

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:27
lol, you might be right Wayne. The Troopie is one of a few vehicles I would consider.

Nothing usually happens to this Lux though, had a bluddy hard life but keeps rockin.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:41

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 14:41
All the mor reason to suspect foul play! Does the wife have a large insurance policy on you? LOL
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 16:17

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 16:17
yes, yes, no doubt about it, I'll have to escape to the bush for 6 months where I can't be found. :)
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Reply By: Darryn - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:55

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 12:55
Hi Ray, by your description your Lux is a Ridgid Axle. I Have seen the Swivel Hub studs loose before after having the Swivel bearings changed and the mechanic (?) not tightening them properly. The studs have tapered collets under the nuts which should help keep everthing tight, are the Swivel bearings on that side Ok? As far as damage being done you could have stessed the C.V joint and /or the Half Shaft and Stub Axle. Probably wouldn't hurt to have a 4X4 mechanic look at it as it may need new Swivel bearings.

Regd's Darryn
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:51

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:51
Thanks Darryn, much appreciated.
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Reply By: Brid from Cost Effective Maintenance - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:42

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:42
Hi Ray

It would also be a good idea to put 4 new lock washers on. Otherwise it may come loose again. Being that loose, any movement will create damage over the longer term for sure. You may have been lucky if you caught it early enough, but it wouldn't hurt to get a mechanic check it.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:52

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:52
Thanks, will get it checked out.
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Reply By: Wombat - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 17:45

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 17:45
They must have been some pretty rough tracks you went on Ray?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 17:59

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 17:59
Nothing that a bus couldn't traverse :) damn amazing that bus

First spotted it in the carpark so was there before the start of the day.

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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:14

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:14
It couldn't be more amazing than a "Bloodly beaut you beaut Hilux Ute".
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:25

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:25
Come on guys! I'm disappointed in you all - no one has yet said:

Mad Dog: I always knew you had a screw loose :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:34

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:34
HAHAHA, well lookie here, I go away to do some work and look who comes out to play, Mr Harding.

I forgive you this time as I understand it may be hard for someone who makes a living keeping smoke in wires to distinguish the difference between a screw and a bolt. Yes Mr Harding I has LOOSE NUTS, a SCREW LOOSE is something different. Remind me to explain it someday

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:41

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:41
I thought it was his nuts.....
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Reply By: Wombat - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:35

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:35
I think you were just lucky that Kenny Rogers wasn't in the tape deck. Coming down some of the steeper tracks in Wombat Forest you may have found yourself singing along to "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel".
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:39

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:39
"Three wheels on my wagon and I'm still rolling along...."
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:46

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:46
"Someday Wheel Be Together"

For those of you too young to remember:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Someday_We'll_Be_Together
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:50

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 18:50
"Baby I wheely need you"

OK, no more, promise :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:32

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:32
The obvious one.....

"You picked a fine time to leave me Loose Wheel"

For the Kenny Rogers fans....
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:34

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:34
Yeah Yeah I know I know..... shoulda read ALL the posts.... then I woulda notcied that Kenny was already done......

(Brian hangs his head in shame.....)
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:36

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 19:36
hahaha, very good. I love you guys.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:02

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:02
you need to take up singing lessons mike....your outa tune
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:33

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 21:33
I love you long time No 1 :)
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