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Author Topic:   steering wheel fell off
Gene
Member
posted June 02, 2003 03:08 PM
We've all seen the cartoon, where some driver is holding the steering wheel, and the car is wrecked. Well it happened to us Friday night. Jimmy was going into 3 when it came off. He was able to grab the shaft and stop it comming out of 4 without hitting anything. My hero. The threads were stiil on the bolts. It seems that galvanic action had rotted the aluminum hub. This hub is only 3 years old, I'm passing this info along so those of you who, like me, never gave a thought to a problem like this; will check those hubs out. I got a hub off the parts guy and we on to win the consi, feature was rained out. So it was a real good night, considering what may have happened.


odb93
Member
posted June 02, 2003 03:47 PM
BEEN THERE, HIT MYSELF IN MOUTH CUS I THOUGHT MY WHEEL SEEMED CLOSER, IT WASNT LOCKED ON. NO CRASH.

BUT IN A MAIN EVENT ON A 1/4 MILE PAVED TRACK I WAS ON A GUYS QUARTER PANEL WHEN HE PULLED BACK AND HIS WHEEL CAME OFF, SUFFICE TO SAY I PUT TIRE MARKS ON HIS ROOF, AND GOT HIS ROOF PAINT ON MY TRANNY, ALL BEFORE HE PILED THE WALL ANYWAYS. I WENT ON TO WIN THE MAIN, LOST A WHEEL AND TIRE.

JEFF

pit_boss
Member
posted June 02, 2003 07:48 PM
Must have been the 3 bolt holes in the aluminum hub,were the wheel bolts up to.


Gene
Member
posted June 02, 2003 10:22 PM
the 3 5/16sae bolts , the threads can still move on the bolt!?!


powerglides
Member
posted June 03, 2003 07:15 PM
Powerglide, they rotted off. I'm talking a snotty gray that looks like the stuff on top of lead when you melt it. There was loctite on them when assembled, untouched since then.


racinfool
Member
posted June 05, 2003 05:11 PM
Gene, What grade bolts and nuts were they?


Pigpen
Member
posted June 05, 2003 05:28 PM
Galvanic action... I am going to try and use that in a sentence today...


outlawstock17
Member
posted June 05, 2003 07:43 PM
i think it's called "disimiliar metal corrosion".


bryanb30
Member
posted June 07, 2003 04:42 PM
one year I used a quick release with
the collar that you pull up to release.
wheel come off on me twice. I through the
collar away. I now only use the ones
with a pin.


powerglides
Member
posted June 10, 2003 09:41 AM
The same thing happened to me But I remachined the collar and it fixed it. I still think the collar type is much safer. But Now I only buy the AMERICAN MADE! collar type from Troyer Engineering (they are close to me).


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