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Wheel nuts are the most basic motorcycles parts hold the wheels onto a vehicle. Another important function of wheel nuts is to position the wheel correctly. Basically, there are two types of wheel nuts: cone-seat and shank style. The wheel nut you choose depends on the wheels you use. The trick is to use the correct wheel nut for the wheel and stud combination. Wheel nuts are used to secure the wheel to the vehicle, and wheel nuts need to be loosened and eventually removed any time you want to change a tire, access the brakes, and do a variety of other repairs on your vehicle.
l How to choose right wheel nut for motorcycle?
l How to loosen wheel nut?
l Does wheel nut need lubrication?
Most factory wheel nuts use the cone-seat style, which most of you are familiar with. The taper of the wheel nuts matches the seating surface around the holes in the wheels. As the lug nuts are drawn tight, the wheel is centered on the mounting flange. Mag wheel, or shank-style, lug nuts center the wheel on the studs by virtue of an extended shank that fits into the wheel's bolt-hole bores.
To ensure a proper and safe fit, you will need to identify specific characteristics of your vehicle wheel nuts.
l Thread size: You can easily identify your thread size of wheel nut and pitch with a simple thread pitch gauge available at any hardware store, or you can simply take one of wheel nuts to your local hardware store and spin it onto the bolts they have on hand. The thread size of wheel nut is the measurement taken across the outside diameter of wheel stud threads measured in either standard or metric dimensions. The most common thread sizes of wheel nut are 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8".
l Thread pitch: The thread pitch of wheel nut is the measurement of either threads per inch for non-metric studs or the distance in millimeters between the threads for metric applications. If the vehicle has been modified, you will need to verify the thread pitch of wheel nut.
l Seat type: The seat type refers to the area where the wheel nut actually makes contact with the wheel surface. The most common types are either a tapered seat, a mag seat or a ball seat.
l Length or dimensions: It is critical that you confirm the dimensions of wheel nut or wheel lock to ensure a proper fit for both safety and appearance. This includes the outside diameter, overall length and for Mag style nuts. You must also determine the proper shank diameter and shank depth of wheel nut.
l Finish or color: Our wheel nuts and locks are available in a wide variety of finishes and colors including chrome plated, black chrome, stainless steel, zinc, yellow chromate, silver, red, blue and more.
Learning to loosen and install wheel nuts is an essential skill for anyone who drives a car.
l Park the motorcycle on a level surface, and set the parking brake.
l Remove the hubcap and locate the wheel nuts. Depending on your vehicle, the hubcap may need to be removed before you're able to access the wheel nuts and loosen them. Hubcaps are usually either attached by metal clips, held on by the wheel nuts themselves, or using plastic lugs.
l Examine the wheel nuts. The wheels of motorcycle will be affixed to the axle with between four and eight wheel nuts, used to center the wheel and secure it onto the vehicle.
l Use a lug wrench to remove wheel nuts. A lug wrench, sometimes called a tire iron, should be provided in your vehicle's tire kit, along with a jack and a spare tire. Lug wrenches should fit the wheel nuts used on your wheel assembly perfectly.
l Begin loosening the wheel nuts while the motorcycle is still on the ground. Don't jack up the motorcycle before you attempt to loosen wheel nuts. Instead, use the resistance created by the tire's contact with the ground to help you loosen the wheel nuts.
l Place the lug wrench on a wheel nut and turn it counter-clockwise. Turn the wrench after you've secured it onto one of the wheel nuts, pulling hard until you feel the wheel nut begin to loosen. You don't need to remove the wheel nut entirely, just use the wrench to loosen until wheel nut is loose enough to remove with your fingers.
Use a penetrating oil if the wheel nuts are rusted to the stud. If you're struggling against more than over-tightening, it might be helpful to spray a small to moderate amount of penetrating oil such as PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench directly on the stud threads where they disappear inside the wheel nut.
Use the thin straw like tube that came with the penetrating oil to apply the penetrant accurately and try to avoid overspray which may get on the brake drum or rotor. Let the penetrant sit for about ten minutes to work its way across the threads and loosen wheel nuts up a bit.
If the wheel nut is still stubborn, try one more spritz of a light, directed spray to the surface of the threaded stud of wheel nuts exactly where the threads start to disappear inside the wheel nut. Let wheel nuts sit for another ten minutes and check the results. The solid impact of moderate taps by a mallet on the lug wrench may now have an effect.
Be sure that your brake discs and drums are free from oil before driving the car again. Oil on these surfaces is a serious safety hazard as it may lead to brake failure, increased stopping distances, and accidents.
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