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Old 12-08-2017, 11:15 AM
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HELP! NIGHTMARE! Honda Prelude 1991 Tire & Rim Just Came Right Off


Last night I was driving home from work which is by the O'Hare Airport in Chicago/Des Plaines. I live in Naperville now and while driving home I noticed the car was shaking and couldn't figure out why. I checked my brakes/calipers/ and underneath the car and show nothing. The shaking got worst but I figured when I get home I will place the car on jack stands and check the whole thing out. That never happened since when I was getting off the highway the passenger side tire and rim just flew right off of the car and my car collapsed on the road destroying the new brake assembly I installed and the fender.
Once the tow trunk came the gentlemen checked it out and tells me that my studs where probably rusted or corroded and your lug nuts were getting loose. I am 40 years old and never in all of my life driving many cars and still own many cars have I seen this crap happen.. Has this happened to anyone else?
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Re: HELP! NIGHTMARE! Honda Prelude 1991 Tire & Rim Just Came Right Off

I haven't ever heard of this happening with all of the lug nuts properly torqued. On any car. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened of course, I'm just saying I haven't heard of that happening.

When was the last time you had that wheel off the car? Do you have any pics of the hub and the wheel? From your description, it sounds like the lug nuts came loose. I've had that happen once when I didn't torque the lug nuts. They were just snugged up by hand. Made it about 10 miles before I started feeling a nasty vibration. The wheel fell off just as I pulled to the shoulder and stopped. Your mistake was to keep driving when you first noticed it, as I'm sure you now realize. That's never a good idea, especially if it progressively gets worse.
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Re: HELP! NIGHTMARE! Honda Prelude 1991 Tire & Rim Just Came Right Off

Well the tire/rim were removed back in October when I completed the complete brake job on the car (rotors/calipers/pads/bleed fluid). I spoke to my buddy who is a top mechanic at Nissan and he told me with the amount of miles you do a day 80 miles you would have noticed something a lot sooner. The noise happened out of no where and it wasn't bad when I got to work only when I decided to drive home. You are right that when it got worst I should have stopped but I wanted to get home which I was about less then 10 miles when it finally came off and I would have probably found it..
Hard less I learned and it destroyed my damn passenger side fender/body...
I got 81,000 out of it. It has now 181,000 miles. I will fix the studs and wait until soring to determine what to do with it. Sure sucks after doing all that brake work and money, plus I bought the tune up kit to do.
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That's a lot of daily miles. It was indeed a hard lesson. But the damage shouldn't have been enough to consider not fixing the car, providing there are no other existing issues like rust or worn out engine/transmission. I'm assuming your brake rotor took the brunt of the damage, and rotors in general are cheap to replace as long as you were using stock parts. Fenders are easy to replace. I think the thing you are missing is that no one was hurt. Things could have been a lot worse if you would have been at highway speeds when the thing came apart on a crowded freeway. Count your blessings and fix the car.
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Don't feel too bad. I had a 91 lude in a parking lot and when turning my ball joint separated and the wheel came out pulling the c.v axle with it.
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