Originally Posted by Azzy
Mind if I ask what caused that interesting... experience? What speed did it happen at, and did you burn the pair of pants you were wearing?
I think I had a loose lugnut and the tire rattled enough that they snapped. I had had a squeak for a day or two that went away when I applied the brakes. I assumed the brake pad was squeaking on the caliper.
I was coming off of an offramp on the highway and had to merge in. There was a guy going 45 and refusing to speed up or slow down to let me in. I hit the gas to pass him and as I passed him and I heard a bang.
I assumed I had blown a tire and didn't have anywhere to stop. Plus I was a block and a half from my parking lot at work, so I figured I'd change it there. When I got to the lot, I realized the tire was gone. I didn't find the tire, but I found 3 of the lug nuts. They were on the side of the road within 10 feet of each other.
The actual experience wasn't horrible. There was no real loss of control or steering. I think I nicked the brake hose because braking was less than stellar, but I'll check that after replacing the ball joint.