I was driving my Dodge RM350 at about 65 mph when both of my front wheels fell off! All of the studs broke, and one of my wheels hit a brand new Chrysler down the road. I almost got into an accident because of the unexpected and uncontrollable stop. I wonder what went wrong since I had my wheels aligned just eight weeks ago. What happened to my truck?
It looks like that your car dealer used the wrong studs or lug nuts for your truck. Your wheels might also be not compatible to your vehicle. Check if the rotor that holds the clips and nuts are intact and in good condition. Make sure to double check the torque applied to your studs and nuts to ensure that they will not loosen that easily. It is uncommon for studs to break, especially if they are the stock ones. If you've had them replaced, then you might have the wrong type for your vehicle. Next time, use only the brands and parts that are recommended by the manufacturer.
I noticed that the steering wheel of my Dodge RM350 was off-center. I checked my tires, and I was surprised to find out that they have also suffered from uneven wear, especially those at the front. I don't know what's causing them to wear out, aside from frequent use. What should I do?
Uneven tire wear may be the result of an incorrect camber. Make sure that the camber is properly aligned by bringing it to your trusted repair shop for checking. You also need to practice tire rotation to prevent uneven wear. Make it a point to rotate your tires periodically to distribute the wear. You might also need to change the tires if they still won't align even after a wheel alignment service. Some tire brands may not be compatible to your vehicle, which will only result in premature wear. Check your vehicle's manual if there is a manufacturer's recommended brand for your tires.
Just last night, I found out the brake light of my vehicle don't work. I checked the bulbs, and saw that both are already busted. I had them replaced in my trusted service center. I even had the bulbs changed as well. However, while I was driving earlier, I noticed that they are not lighting up when I step on the brakes. Is there something wrong with my new bulbs?
Driving with a defective brake light could be very risky. While replacing the busted bulbs could have solved your problem, the brake light switch might also be worn out already. Check if the brake light switch under your dash has a loose wire or signs of rust. It's better to have it replaced as well in case you see signs of premature wear. Once you have replaced it, try to step on the brakes. If the brake light still won't turn on, then you might want to bring your vehicle to your trusted repair shop for expert advice.