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Unread 08-09-2011, 07:43 PM   #106
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100 miles in the Jeep this weekend and that all ended as I left work in it Sunday afternoon. Making my way off base, every turn was tough! Every time I had to turn or go around a curve, the front wheels felt like the were rubbing metal & the steering wheel would jerk. I pulled over at the gas station right outside the gate. It was a good thing that I did! My left front tire was held on by 2-4 threads per lug nut, all spinning freely & the mounting bracket/ plate & caliper had gouged the inside of the wheel.
AWESOME, huh?! :-/ I jacked up the front of the Jeep & a friend from work (in his CJ7, that had stopped to help) tightened all of lugs for me. He pointed out after tightening the lugs that my wheel bearings are probably shot, too.
So, I drove it about 4 miles to my Mom's house, where it is still parked.
Now, I've heard that aluminum wheels come loose & have to be re-tightened, occasionally. Is that true? I'm thinking that this should be an easy fix, but I'm not sure if this would be considered to be a mistake/ screw up from the shop that had my jeep for a month. Opinions??

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Unread 08-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #107
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I had a similar experience after I had new tires installed at Sears about 20 years ago. I always check the lugs after a shop "tightens" them.

I've heard the same thing about aluminum wheels, and since I rotate my tires occasionally, they get checked then. Of course since I tighten my own lugs, I haven't found a loose one yet.
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Unread 08-10-2011, 12:38 PM   #108
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If you look at picture number two. Your accelorator pump shows signs of leaking fuel and could also be a cause of your speed problems. It is very inexpensive and easy to change.

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Unread 08-10-2011, 01:37 PM   #109
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Wendy, If it weren't for bad luck you wouldn't have any luck!

I have several sets of aluminum wheels and have never had a problem. I have had a few wheels come off and each time it was MY screwup or my wifes! She interupted me and I forgot to tighten them!
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Unread 08-10-2011, 01:47 PM   #110
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Its my understanding, after 150 miles, wheel lug torque, should be rechecked. When ever they are removed.

My manual in my Ford F-350, also states this.

But I have a feeling, they weren't properly tightened at the shop

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Unread 08-10-2011, 09:59 PM   #111
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Bob, you are right! I have NO luck! Anyway, I think I'll try to get over to my Mom's this weekend and check out the damage. Hopefully, the bearings are ok and that nut just came a little loose. I know that the calipers were not rubbing before, so as long as the lugs stay tight, it should all be fine.... I'll post pics as I tear it all a part & check it out! I hope this isn't what having a jeep is all about... I'd really like to drive it more than 2 days before I have to SWEAT again! The rest of the weekend- I'll be on the lake! (with my other toy)

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Unread 08-11-2011, 07:04 AM   #112
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Get some new lug nuts and tighten them up good and test drive. That is most likely the only thing wrong. When lug nuts come loose the rotor can wobble pushing the caliper pistons out cause no brakes. Coincidently, loose bearings can also cause the rotor to wobble, but I can't believe both happened at the same time. After tighten the wheel shake the tire and see if it moves on the spindle, up and down left and right. If the bearing is bad you will see it them, otherwise test drive. Remember you will probably have to pump the brakes for the first few times so don't go screaming up to a stop sign as the first test.

Good luck and remember the picture!
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Unread 08-16-2011, 10:59 AM   #113
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Unread 08-16-2011, 11:20 AM   #114
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Get some new lug nuts and tighten them up good and test drive. That is most likely the only thing wrong. When lug nuts come loose the rotor can wobble pushing the caliper pistons out cause no brakes. Coincidently, loose bearings can also cause the rotor to wobble, but I can't believe both happened at the same time. After tighten the wheel shake the tire and see if it moves on the spindle, up and down left and right. If the bearing is bad you will see it them, otherwise test drive. Remember you will probably have to pump the brakes for the first few times so don't go screaming up to a stop sign as the first test.

Good luck and remember the picture!
In a CJ, the rotor won't wobble until the studs loosen up. Remember, the studs are pressed in from the back side of the rotor, into the hub.
So, if some of the studs are loose, new wheel studs will be needed, on the loose ones. If none are loose, there shouldn't be a brake problem.

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1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
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Unread 08-17-2011, 07:55 PM   #115
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Thanks guys! I still haven't had time to mess with it, but I'll let you know after I do! It is home now, though! We headed to the lake Friday morning and stayed until Sunday evening, then my munchkins started getting sick. So, I spent 2 days out of work with them... It was viral and my little girl was still in the contagious stage. Anyway, this time of year is crazy busy at work (FY Close out) and I'm looking at long hours, Red Bull, & Goody powders. Hopefully, SOON I'll find the time and energy to check it out!
I'll keep you all updated!

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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:11 PM   #116
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Ok... So, I took the Jeep back to the mechanic. :-/
My clutch is bad, so they're taking care of that & checking out my wheel bearings, etc.
I should have it back Tomorrow night or Friday morning. Anyway, I've been way to busy to mess with it! Hopefully, that will end soon... But, we'll see!
*I hope to have it in the woods on Friday!!!*

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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:18 PM   #117
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These pics are for Twoleos617.... Help at all?

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Unread 09-03-2011, 02:11 PM   #118
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Ok! The jeep is home again! New clutch, re-surfaced fly wheel, wheel bearings checked...
And, now I have more pics for twoleos617 (?):

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Unread 09-04-2011, 11:58 AM   #119
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Hopefully, after today I'll have pictures of myself actually driving the Jeep! I'm getting ready to go get my little sister so, we can go looking for dirt, water... MUD. I'm not sure if we'll find any, but it'll be fun just driving around!

I put the back seat in it this morning, got a small tool box together, put the doors on, found a big bungee for when I pull the doors off... It's ready to ride!

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Unread 09-05-2011, 07:38 PM   #120
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My sister took some pics of me driving her around in the Jeep yesterday, but she hasn't sent them to me yet! I'll have them soon, though! Today, my stepdad and I spent the day installing tie down loops, a radio, a power outlet, bolted down 2 small ammo cans (for tool boxes), added rear cup holders, a rear antenna for the radio... Umm... And I think that's all! Oh! And temp installed a dome light. After the front roll cage is in, I'll make it permanent.

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