Tag: wheels

51 Posts

Honda CRV from wheels fall off
Mar 01, 2011

Today: is losing a wheel a common problem on Honda CR-V's?

Dear Car Talk

I have a '97 Honda CR-V that has a persistent problem: The front wheels keep falling off. First the left front wheel fell off while turning left at an intersection. Then the right one fell off while traveling 50 mph on...

wheels

how could wheel bolts break off a car
Jun 01, 2010

Just why did Judy's wheel fall off her Volvo?

Dear Car Talk

Two weeks ago while traveling down a city street, my car, a Volvo S80, suddenly swerved and almost flew into a lamppost. A man driving behind me said he saw the right front wheel come off just before the car...

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What are lead wheel weights
Feb 01, 2010

Today: Click and Clack weigh in on lead weights.

Dear Car Talk

It turns out that lead wheel weights are the biggest source of lead in California's waterways. There is a bill that would ban them in favor of safer alternatives, especially stainless steel. My question is, Exactly what do wheel weights...

wheels

Dec 01, 2009

Locking lug nuts: more trouble than they're worth?

Dear Car Talk

Recently, we had our 2005 Toyota RAV4 taken in for its regularly scheduled maintenance, which included rotating the tires. Each tire has a locking lug nut, and when I picked up the car, my mechanic told me that one of the...

tires wheels

Oct 01, 2008

So, just why did the wheel fall off of John's Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Dear Car Talk

Something interesting happened to me today. I was on my way to work, and the right front wheel fell off my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I want to know why it fell off. All five of the studs were sheared...

wheels

May 01, 2008

Is Phillip's shop responsible for the wheel that fell off his truck?

Dear Car Talk

I had my tires rotated in Las Vegas. One week, and 926 miles later, the right rear wheel fell off while I was in Northern California. The Dodge dealership where my Ram 1500 was taken told me that the most likely cause...

wheels

Apr 01, 2008

Today: tips for diagnosing a bad wheel bearing-- and whether you can do it yourself.

Dear Car Talk

My brother-in-law, Sam, thinks our wheel bearings are "going bad" on the right rear. My husband, James, and I don't hear any noises that would suggest a problem. But ever since Sam put the idea into James' head, he's been...

wheels

Jul 01, 2007

July: It's a great time of year to take off the snow tires.

Dear Car Talk

Now that I'm 75 percent certain that there will not be another major snowstorm in the Northeast, I want to switch from snow tires to summer tires. Do I need to have them balanced and aligned, or can I just swap...

wheels winter snow tires

Feb 01, 2007

Today: Tom and Ray review the pros and cons of new, low-profile tires.

Dear Car Talk

There has been a recent upsurge of extremely low-profile tires and extraordinarily large-diameter wheels on all types of personal vehicles. Is this good: stiffer sidewalls -- less lateral movement? Or is this bad: more unsprung mass -- changing suspension requirements...

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does driving with loose lug nuts damage car wheels
Sep 01, 2005

Did driving 100+ miles with loose lug nuts damage any other parts of my car?

Dear Car Talk

Recently, I had my tires rotated. After driving about 100 miles, I started noticing a bumpy noise. It felt like a flat tire, but I kept checking and the tires looked fine. After another 40 miles, it was getting a lot worse...

wheels