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Old 05-02-2004, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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driving down motorway,and the whole wheel assembly hub came away,nearly caused me death with my children,on inspection wheel nuts were still attached to the main hub.Any ideas on who is responable,bmw,mot centre,or my self as this must be adressed properly as it couid cause danger to someone else,please reply with a possible explanation on this cause
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if bmw did the last inspection, and you followed the service schedule (and they are bmw stock rims) go to the dealership with your lawyer, they will work something out
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Old 05-02-2004, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, that is really scary, nice to hear you're ok.

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Old 05-02-2004, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what car and how many kilometers are on the car. as well as when the last time your tires were taken off
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That has nothing to do with the wheels being tight or when they were last removed. Was it the right wheel?

Basically if you had a wheel bearing replaced, the large center nut might have not been torqued properly (very high torque), or the center nut was not crimped so it couldn't unthread itself.

OR (if it was the right wheel)

You had a really old wheel bearing and it seized and just unthreaded nut off the spindles.


Glad to hear you're ok though. It's something I checked out on my car right after I bought it.
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Had the rotors been replaced recently? Sounds like the fault of the mechanic... Scary stuff to have your wheel unscrew it self and roll off without the rest of the car...
I didn't torque my wheel bolts enough and *FOUND* a bolt from one of my wheels in my school parking lot.... Didn't notice a vibration (since it's so close to the point of rotation) [even at 100 mph] and I thought that the bolt sitting in the middle of the lot looked like one of my bolts, it was until I got home a few days later and looked, sure enough it was missing...

Scary stuff.... Glad everything's all right. How much damage was done to the car from the resulting... well... Sudden loss of vertical support?
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Had the rotors been replaced recently?
I don't see how replacing rotors would cause this, the whole hub came off. You don't ever need to touch the axle stub bolt that holds the hub when replacing rotors.
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That is a disadvantage of light metal / alu rims; they easier can be loosening itself. In fact a mechanic had worked on your car; I think it's his fault. A dealer or mechanic isn't responsible for the accident so far as I know, because you shall have loosened the wheel after the repair of your car.
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That is a disadvantage of light metal / alu rims; they easier can be loosening itself. In fact a mechanic had worked on your car; I think it's his fault. A dealer or mechanic isn't responsible for the accident so far as I know, because you shall have loosened the wheel after the repair of your car.
Guys, the wheel didn't come off the hub.....

The hub came off the stub axle, it has nothing to do with the wheel being properly tightened. The wheel was still attached to the hub, the bolts were still holding the wheel to the hub. The wheel AND hub came off.
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Guys, the wheel didn't come off the hub.....
I'm really sorry for not accurate reading. Shoot me
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