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January 28, 2016

Lug Nuts

Lug nuts are used to secure most OEM Buick wheels to the axle. There are several differences with lug nuts and they are not universal. Using the wrong lug nut on your Buick can result in damage to the wheel studs or the Buick wheel itself. If incorrect lug nuts are used or they are installed incorrectly, they could fall off while moving and the Buick rim could come off causing an unknown amount of damage to the vehicle or personal injury.

There are a few different styles of lug nuts. The three most common are referred to as Tapered or Acorn, Mag Seat or Shank, and Ball Seat. Due to the distinct shape of each type, it is crucial that you select the correct style for your application.

There is a recommended installation pattern to use when installing the lug nuts on your Buick wheel. This is commonly referred to as the "Torque order". See the blow graphic for examples of a 4, 5, and 6 lug pattern.

Please refer to your Buick Owner's Manual for your vehicles recommended torque values. If you do not have a manual, you should be able to contact a local Buick dealer for further information. Over time, under-tightened lug nuts can come loose. On the contrary, over-tightened lug nuts can result in brake rotor lateral run-out.

If you are not certain what types of lug nuts your OEM Buick wheel uses, consult a wheel professional such as the fine folks at www.stockwheels.com.

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