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Old 05-21-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Clunk sound coming from passenger side wheel when braking? help please

So I just put new wheels on the pony and when I drove her after I had finished I noticed the wheel was making this clunking sound and then as i drove a little longer it began to vibrate as well causing my steering wheel to shake a bit. I went back home and looked at it and noticed that one and only one of the lug nuts was loose enough to turn with my fingers. I tightened it back up and then the car drove fine for about 5 minutes and then the process repeated itself. I drove back home and checked and the lug nut was lose again. (dont know if it was the same one but im assuming it was.) So I tightened them up again and now I have the wheel making this rubbing/squeaking sound and still making the clunking sound, as of now there are no vibrations. so my question is, are these sounds jst a result of one lose lug nut? will new lug nuts fix the problem? or is the sound something else entirely. im going to attach an audio file , very hard to hear but at 5 seconds and again at 23 seconds is where i press the breaks and i hear the clunk sound. Also the cluck is usually loudest when i press the brake abruptly or harshly and also sometimes very loud when in first gear pulling my car into parking spot or something and when i brake hard to stop in the center of the spot it is loud also. Any help is much appreciated , thanks !
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heres a link to the audio https://soundcloud.com/chris-boddy/car-sound
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Could be the wrong taper on the lug nuts. Which wheels and which nuts did you use? Also, were there clips on any of the studs? If so, those need to be removed. I wouldn't drive it until you figure out the problem.

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Yep. If those are still on there, remove them immediately.

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When I did the first wheels on my car I still had those clips on, I did t have a problem...

I'd verify lugs as well.
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If the wheels are aftermarket, always remove the clips. They are only there to aid in assembly. Most aftermarket wheels are not designed to clear them.

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So I figured it out and feel pretty dumb haha. So I was using an electric impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts . When the impact wrench stopped tightening I assumed it was because the lug nuts where all the way right. Turns out the pressure isn't that high on the impact wrench so the lug nuts weren't as tight as they should be. tightened them the old fashion way and everything is fine now .
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So I figured it out and feel pretty dumb haha. So I was using an electric impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts . When the impact wrench stopped tightening I assumed it was because the lug nuts where all the way right. Turns out the pressure isn't that high on the impact wrench so the lug nuts weren't as tight as they should be. tightened them the old fashion way and everything is fine now .
Always use a good and reliable torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts. Any other way is just asking for problems. Glad you got it figured out!

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So I figured it out and feel pretty dumb haha. So I was using an electric impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts . When the impact wrench stopped tightening I assumed it was because the lug nuts where all the way right. Turns out the pressure isn't that high on the impact wrench so the lug nuts weren't as tight as they should be. tightened them the old fashion way and everything is fine now .
I use an impact gun also to remove and then tighten all lugs. Then some good old fashion muscle to tighten them manually, then in one week I check again. 20 years of doing this, never one problem.
Thumbs everything worked out.

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