Diagnosing and Fixing Honda Accord Lug Nut Problems
Whether it's changing a flat tire or replacing a broken CV joint, one of the parts that we often deal with when repairing or maintaining the Honda Accord is the lug nut. And the constant tightening and loosening of the lug nuts will eventually take its toll. In addition, moisture and other environmental factors can also stress out the lug nuts and cause it to deteriorate. But whether it's man-made or cause by the elements, worn and damaged Honda Accord lug nuts can be quite a problem especially when you need to change tires and other wheel components.
Rounded or stripped lug nuts
Stripped or rounded lug nuts can be an Accord owner's worst nightmare. Stripped lug nuts are often caused by using the wrong tools - such as pliers or a socket wrench that's one size too large - to tighten or loosen the nuts, stripping away the edges which, over time, could result with a rounded shape that would prove to be next to impossible to remove. Lug nuts with minor to moderate stripping may still be removed by using a socket wrench that's one size smaller or with a special nut remover. Nuts that are severely eroded, however, may need to be broken apart or chiseled open. Either way, stripped nuts must be discarded and replaced with new ones.
Lug nuts that keep coming loose are a potential hazard that can cause the tires to fall off. Check if the nuts are tightened properly; even over-tightened nuts can have reduced clamping force as the threads get stretched beyond their ability to respond to torque. Also, steel lug nuts have also been known come loose even when properly torqued if used in conjunction with aluminum wheels as they expand and contract at different temperatures. Make sure that the nuts match the same material as the wheels.
The stock lug nuts of the Honda Accord are coated with a protective finish that protects it against corrosion, but over time this coating will wear off and the nut will start to rust. Thankfully, rusted lug nuts can be cleaned using sand paper and wire brush, while stubborn rust stains can be removed using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.