Originally Posted by JeepEpoch
I took my jeep in for new tires at the local tire place. The bill clearly stated "lug nuts tightened to factory standard." Well i had to find out the hard way that they werent....
I was driving down a 55 mph country road on a really nice summer night at about 11pm. The top was down, the stars were out, not a cloud in the sky. All of a sudden i hear a rumbling coming from the drivers side front. So i lean out over my half door just in time to see my tire detach from the jeep and rocket out ahead of me....i was too stunned to panic and amazingly i kept my cool. I started drifting to the left (towards the four foot ditch drop off) and through careful steering adjustments to the right and gentle pumping of the brakes i kept the jeep level enough so that the front end didnt even touch the ground. As i slowed down more it was harder to control and drifted into oncomming trafic (no traffic!) and closer to the leftside ditch at which point i jammed the brakes and held on for dear life as i knew a roll over was imminent....luckily though i stopped a mere inches from doing a roll over and the front dragged an soft gravel for only two feet.
When i jumped out of the jeep it was a 5.5 foot drop into the ditch...thats how close it was. My tire ended up about 300 ft away and only stopped because it crashed into the side of a house.
People hurt - 0
Property damage - 0
Jeep damage - 0
Sorry for the happy ending
How old are you?
I'm going to give you a piece of advise that if followed will save you headaches down the road.
ANYTIME you let some one touch your vehicle , even if it's a "simple" oil change ..... you need to check their work.
Way too many places will let any monkey with a wrench have a go at your stuff. You should check you other tires for stripped lug nuts by the way. Find out now .... not later.
I know an oil change and putting on a tire is childs play to most , but I repeat , "Always check their work".
I don't care if it's the dealership/factory and they replaced a spark plug ..... you need to check it.
The stories of so called pros/mechanics/whatever not being able to remember "righty tighty/lefty loosey" is amazing.
And it's so worth repeating again , you need to check their work -ALWAYS'
esp on tires cause that job is usually regulated to the monkey that they "think" can't even screw that up.
P.S , check each one of your lugs to see if it's stripped , or find out on the trail with a flat......
I'll turn over the soap box to someone else now.