Re: front wheel studs breaking off
It's been a busy weekend, first chance I've had to reply.
Tire wear is really good, 76,500 on the current set of tires with 7/32s left to go and they are worn even and flat all the way across.
I've tried different wheels and have swapped them side to side several times when I had the rotate and balance done. It's not finicky, it'll break studs on either side and sometimes both sides at once. Everything has been visually inspected several times. The rotors are not warped so I'm running these hubs as long as I can.
All this seemed to start at around 280,000 to 285,000 miles but I don't remember anything that happened around then that may have caused it. Before that I never had a single problem with them at all.
One dealer suggested that because I have aluminum wheels that I should stop and have the torque checked every 500 miles. Yeah right, I'm sure every aluminum wheeled truck owner does that right? Not to mention that when I'm out working I put 700-800 miles on this thing everyday.
Now the wheels are torqued to 150 ft lbs. That is because I don't have a torque wrench that goes any higher than that....yet. The tire shop came up with a 148 ft lb figure after a phone call to yet another Ford dealer and would not tighten them any more than that. I didn't have time to get to my local dealer Saturday to talk with them.
I leave tomorrow morning (Monday) with a 5ver going to Kaysville, Ut to be delivered on Wednesday so we'll see what happens on this trip.
Thanks for all the help guys, let ya know how it went when I get back Friday.
"Early" '99, 4-98, F350 2WD CC DRW Lariat, Diablo tuner, Swamps 20* HPOP, 4" turbo back straight pipe & a 5" tip, S&B 12" open element air filter, CCV mod, EBV gutted, Vedder's built 4R100 with triple disk convertor, 6.0 trans cooler, Dfuser T/C lockup mod, DieselSite coolant filter, DieselSite TurboMaster, ITP reg fuel return, 4:10 gear w/lmtd slip,Centramatics, Western Diesel gauges, AIC, Ride Rite air bags & onboard compressor kit, Super-Vu convex mirrors, R.D.S. 91 gal. diamond plate aux fuel tank & toolbox combo, B&W gooseneck & 18K companion 5th wheel setup, Rhino lined, Drawtite 1,000lb leveler bars, Drawtite Activator II, Brown's Welding shop (New Braunfels,Tx)full grill/bumper/headlight guard, TurboNet V-Gate.
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