Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Mechanic said to use 32mm nut on wheel, but it doesn't fit

asked by on

When I purchased my car, the driver's side front wheel was loose and I tightened it. I asked the dealership and was told to use a 32mm nut. When that didn't work, I used a 36mm and it fit. I'm wondering if this different size nut is causing some other problem. When I'm going under 20mph, the wheel makes a faint cranking-kind of sound and I don't want to have an accident if the tire falls off. What do you suggest I do?

A: It sounds to me that you may have overtight...

It sounds to me that you may have overtightened the nut or the bearing has gone bad and this is why it was loose in the first place. I recommend having the front end checked to see if the bearing needs to be replaced. You can try and see if the dealer will fix it for free, or have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, come and check the suspension and related systems for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Dim stays on about 10 seconds, then go completely out. So I have to quickly switch back to brigt

There are a couple of things this could be related to. First, you may want to have your alternator tested. This is your car's onboard charging mechanism. If this is not operating correctly, it can lead to several problems, one...

Q: Bad oil pressure sensor

A common failure in your vehicle is the oil pressure sending unit. Once the sensor is replaced, these codes should go away. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to replace your oil pressure sensor...

Q: Have a prob with my front drive shaft jus not sure exactly

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your Dodge Dakota. You should have a mechanic come and check the problem for you. If you do have an issue with your front drive shaft, most problems with an axle CV joint is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...