Just to relate a tale of woe from last weekend, it might be useful to note.
It being a bank holiday Sunday here, and having nothing to do, I decided to take the wheels off my car. For two reasons really. Firstly, I wanted to take a good look at the pads and discs (they do need replacing
) Second, I wanted to make sure that I actually could
take the studs out on a rainy night at the side of the road. I haven't had any cause to do it since I bought it a few months ago, so this seemed like a good chance to 'dry run'.
Anyhow, the first three wheels were fine. Then started to loosen the studs on the last (rear) wheel, and discovered
the threads on two had been crossed by some clown with an overpowered air-gun.
Despite all hope, the threads on the wheel hub were wrecked.
, requiring a five hour cross-border trip to a breakers to pick up a second hand hub for £50 (€75), plus the rest of my bank holiday fitting the dammed thing, all because some fool couldn't be bothered to start the stud by hand.
So a warning tale. When you get your car back from having the wheels changed, check that the studs have been put on correctly. At least if you catch it immediately, you can go back to the garage and get them to pay for the repair work.