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Old 07-14-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Reverse thread on drivers side hub

Hello everyone,

Repacked the wheel bearings on my Triple e today and wanted to give a heads up. Maybe they are all like this , maybe not. On the drivers side wheel, I tried to loosen the bolts holding the wheel on. Using the old anology of lefty loosey/righty tighty, the bolts failed to loosen. So after some contemplating I tried loosening the bolts to the right, and lo and behold..off they came.

So now I'm thinking, ok, the other side will be the same, things will flow smoothly. Nope. The other side, the bolts were normal and to loosen they turned to the left.

So just a heads up when removing the trailer wheel bolts, the one side on my trailer was reversed thread. Not sure if all the Triple e's are like this, but mine sure is.

Thought I would share this,

Ed
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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Years ago Chrysler corp did that on their cars, and big trucks with stud piloted wheels still do use left and right hand threads on opposite sides. I'm surprised to see it done on trailers. Look close, there may be a R or L mark on the ends of the studs.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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Good for you Ed. Because they always tighten then too tight, I would have my breaker bar out,....... and then a piece of pipe, ......and we all know what happens next. Raz
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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There was a time when all auto manufacturers (or was it just the better ones?) fitted reverse-thread studs on the left-hand side in the belief that otherwise they would come undone. Now we know different, but it's a good example of one of those "everyone knows......" 'facts' that turns out to be untrue.
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My early Bigfoot 17' has reverse thread lug bolts (not lug nuts) on the driver's side hub and standard thread bolts on the curb side hub.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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That brings back memories of being a kid working in a gas station and learning all about left hand threads on Chrysler cars Don't ask me if I know how to replace a broken stud

Glad you took a careful approach and didn't end up with a broken stud. I was a little surprised to learn that some trailers have left hand treads.

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