How to Use Loctite on Wheel Lug Nuts

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How to Use Loctite on Wheel Lug Nuts
Use your lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts after you've put Loctite on them. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Loctite Threadlocker products can be used on automotive lug nuts to keep them tightly secured on your vehicle. However, you have to be careful what type of Loctite you use on your lug nuts or you may not be able to remove them ever again. Use a medium-strength Loctite Threadlocker, such as Threadlocker Blue 242, on your car's lug nuts. Loctite Theadlocker Blue 242 can be removed using hand tools.

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Things you need

  • Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242
  • Soap
  • Rag or towel
  • Lug wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the lug nuts from your car with a lug wrench.

  2. 2

    Thoroughly wash and dry the lug nuts and the bolts that the lug nuts attach to. Loctite will not form a proper seal if there's dirt or other debris on the area where it's being applied.

  3. 3

    Remove Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242 from its package and shake it thoroughly. Apply Loctite to both the lug nut and the bolt according to the manufacturer's directions, making sure to get Loctite into the threads. Don't apply Loctite on the first three threads.

  4. 4

    Place the lug nuts back on the bolts and tighten them thoroughly using lug wrench. Allow to set for 10 minutes. Loctite will fully cure within 24 hours of application.

Tips and warnings

  • Spilt or misplaced Loctite can be cleaned up immediately using a damp cloth. Cured Loctite needs to be soaked and scrubbed with a wire brush to be removed.
  • If you use the wrong kind of Loctite on your car or truck's lug nuts, you're going to have a difficult time removing your rims and tires the next time you get a flat or your tire tread wears out. Don't use Loctite Threadlocker Red on your lug nuts --- this version is designed to create a permanent seal, and you won't be able to change your tires.

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