Wheel lug bolts are relatively small components. But they are responsible for holding the wheels safely on your vehicle. These small parts undertake large forces. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that the fitment and installation are handled properly. Here is a brief installation guide that may be helpful for your next installation project:
Park your car on a hard, level surface and apply the parking brake；
Use a socket wrench to loosen the lug bolts but do not fully remove them from the wheel;
Then jack up the vehicle and support it with jack stands;
Pick one lug bolt, and use a socket wrench to remove it;
Install the new bolt and tighten it with your hand;
Do the same on the remaining lug bolts;
Lower the vehicle to the ground;
Use a standard torque wrench to tighten each lug bolt to the proper torque specifications.
When to Replace Wheel Lug Bolts?
Most wheel bolts are made of metal, which means they have a lifespan. During daily use, they may wear over time. If left unrepaired, the improper connection of the wheel can result in unwanted vibration while driving. This can affect steering and lead to premature wear in other vehicle components. Getting the wheel bolts replaced before it is damaged is vital to ensure road safety.
In addition, every time you upgrade to new aftermarket wheels, it is a good idea to replace the stock wheel bolts. Changing the wheel bolts is one of the easiest and quickest ways for wheel enhancement. High-end wheel bolts are oftentimes stronger and more durable than universal ones. For example, the tensile strength of BONOSS forged grade 12.9 wheel bolts is over 1,220 Mpa. These bolts are highly resistant to wear and damage.
How Do You Rust Proof Lug Bolts?
Most wheel lug bolts are exposed to air and water, and as time goes by, rust occurs. The rust causes the metal to expand, which can place great stress on the structure as a whole. At the same time, the lug bolts will be weakened and become brittle and flaky. A proper painting can be a simple and easy way to prevent rusting. So, choosing lug bolts with a good rustproof coating is helpful to keep rusting or corrosion away.
BONOSS forged shell-type wheel lug bolts are Electrocoating. It offers good corrosion resistance performance, improving the rust prevention ability of wheel bolts. Moreover, it also behaves greatly to stand up to extreme environments such as water and sunlight. It can evenly coat the bolts, which provides better surface quality. A set of high-quality lug bolts keeps the wheels safe and well-operated. What’s more, it can cost you less in routine maintenance.