If you are a car owner, one of the things you are likely to take for granted is the importance of the lug nuts you use on your car’s wheels. The truth is that from a mechanical standpoint, these are a very important component of the car, which means that you should always strive to […]

If you are a car owner, one of the things you are likely to take for granted is the importance of the lug nuts you use on your car’s wheels. The truth is that from a mechanical standpoint, these are a very important component of the car, which means that you should always strive to get the best for them. For instance, if you have to get replacement aluminum hex nuts for the car, you should remember that not all lug nuts will work in the same way. Aiming to get high quality lug nuts (preferably two-piece wheel nuts) should always be a priority if you are seeking to replace such fasteners.

The scope of the problem
If you are to fully appreciate why getting high quality alloy steel hex nuts for your car is important, you only need to examine the role of lug nuts in accidents involving wheel failure. Studies have shown that a problem with the lug nuts is one of the major contributing factors to such accidents, and this makes sense considering that the nuts are the main fasteners keeping the wheels on the car. Whether it’s due to poor fastening of the nuts or low quality construction, any failure of these lug nuts is likely to result in the wheel coming off when you are driving, and this could lead to death and injury of the people in the car as well as other road users. For this reason, you should think of using the right fasteners as a safety precaution both for yourself and for other people as well.

 
Why you should always insist on high quality two piece wheel nuts
There are several compelling reasons why you should consider getting two piece wheel nuts instead of regular ones. Some of these include:

  • They have been shown to have a low failure rate, which means that they are less likely to result in wheel-off.
  • They can result in lower maintenance costs for the car: The quality of the wheel nuts will always influence the maintenance costs of the car. They do this primarily by influencing the life of the tires and the wheels. High quality two piece wheel nuts are designed in such a manner that they do not adversely affect the wheels and tires, which then means that you will have less of a need to replace either sooner than you should. They also help in minimizing excessive fuel consumption due to poor wheel fastening.
  • They are long lasting: Most of the time, you will find that the only reason you have to replace the two piece wheel nuts is if you lose them. If you get high quality ones, they are less likely to be affected by corrosion or deformity due to exposure to too much heat when in operation.

You might spend a bit more than usual on high quality two piece wheel nuts compared to other types of fasteners, but this is a cost that will turn out to be well worth it.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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