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    The other day I was having my winter tires swapped out for the factory all-season tires (which are horrible in the snow).

    The technician said that the lug nuts are expanding and should be replaced. I never heard of such a thing before.

    I researched the issue and read where some lug nuts with cover can expand if the steel underneath rusts. But these lug nuts don't have a cover.

    Has anyone here ever had an issue like this before?
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    metal can expand and contract but it takes lots of heat or cold to do so.

    i would say no to him.

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    They do expand. I have had that issue. I had to replace all of them on my old Toyota Avalon. Decorative cover on the lugs expand, they look like they don't have covers but they do, take a lug one off and look closely at it. They probably do have a cover.

    On my old 13' 200S I replaced all of them as well, the problem was that the "decorative cover" on each lug nut was falling off. I replaced all of them with solid chrome lug nuts that looked similar to stock, in fact unless I point them out to people, they wouldn't notice. I didn't bother with wasting my time for setting an appointment for the dealer to look at the lug nuts. I just bit the bullet and spend the $$ and replaced them myself with aftermarket ones.

    Factory lugs don't always last the life of the car with newer vehicles I am learning. So far on the 15' and my wife's 13' limited, no issues.
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    I had the same problem on my Dodge Magnum. Although they looked like one piece nuts, they were actually 2 pieces. I had to replace them after about 5 years.
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    I heard they do expand but that happens like in 5 years or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafman View Post
    I heard they do expand but that happens like in 5 years or so.
    well... just like any part it can happen sooner depending on the quality or luck of the draw, my old 13' 200 S they didn't last one full year, my wife's 13' Limited is fine and the 15' 200S is fine.
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    Mine has lug bolts, not nuts. The winter tire package from Tirerack came with new ones to be used only with the aftermarket wheels. I kept a set of 5 OE bolts in the glove box in case I ever had to put the spare on. That being said after one bad winter with the OE bolts and another sitting in a zip lock bag while the snows were on, they look as new
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    Quote Originally Posted by white200c View Post
    Mine has lug bolts, not nuts.
    Good point for using correct terminology, all the 15+ 200's have lug bolts and the bolt pattern changed to 5x110 so no swapping wheels old gen to new gen or vise versa.
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    Today was getting my oil changed and have tires rotated. Before rotating the tires, the techs came to me stating the lugs have expanded. They want $180 just for the part. Has anyone replaced theirs with an aftermarket lug instead? If so, which ones did you get?

    I have the 19 inch wheels on my C.


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    Quote Originally Posted by travman View Post
    Today was getting my oil changed and have tires rotated. Before rotating the tires, the techs came to me stating the lugs have expanded. They want $180 just for the part. Has anyone replaced theirs with an aftermarket lug instead? If so, which ones did you get?

    I have the 19 inch wheels on my C.
    Haven't replaced mine yet, but made a note of the one's JoeLasVegas said he was happy with.

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