Lug Nuts - Tightening and Preventing Rust
>Even though I'm not going ape-sh*t on my lug nuts when I install
>them, they always seem to be difficult to remove. Would be it
>classified as a "bad thing" if I dab anti-seize on the nuts
>before I put 'em on?
I've used anti-seize or regular grease on my lug nuts for
years without ill effects. However, I'm careful to get it
on the stud threads ONLY.
My thinking is that the nut needs some friction to prevent
it from coming undone, and it will get that from where the
nut seats against the wheel. So, I try to keep all grease
of this nut-to-wheel surface. I've always done this with
cheap steel wheels, though, and tapered/conical lug nuts -
since you have alloy wheels, Larry (and presumably your nuts
(lug, that is!) have square shoulders) it may be a bit
FWIW - a note about tightening lug nuts: I used to simply
tighten them (in a criss-cross pattern), judging by feel.
Then, I noticed pulsating brake pedal - a mechanic said I'd
unevenly tightened (and overtightened) my lug nuts, and
warped my brake rotor. Sooo, for better or worse, I got
religion at that time and I now use a torque wrench (at
home, in the garage, anyway) for tightening lug nuts (75
ft-lbs for my Subaru).
- Gord Pritchard