If a wheel is removed and refitted to a commercial vehicle Truck Tyre Solutions advise that you should have your wheel nuts checked and retorqued as necessary after 30 minutes standing, or covering 50 kilometres.
Wheel nuts can become loose for a number of reasons, and this is why after initially refitting the wheel a further check should be carried out after a certain period to ensure that all nuts are tightened to the correct level.
Failure to do this can result in a number of issues including:
- Damage To Studs
- Damage To Wheels
- Damage To Hub
- Loss Of Wheel
- Vehicle Damage
This is why every single set of paperwork that Truck Tyre Solutions issues on completion of work clearly states that checks should be carried out in order to ensure that costly and potentially dangerous damage does not occur.
Commercial vehicle drivers should also carry out daily checks on their vehicles in order to spot any problems such as loose wheel nuts before they go on the road. Wheel nut pointers can provide a simple yet effective visual indicator to a driver which will allow their to easily spot this problem before it’s too late.
Wheel nut pointers are set up in pairs on concurrent wheel nuts, effectively pointing at one another once the wheel nuts have been tightened. If the alignment of a pointer changes so that it is no longer directly in line with its partner this is a clear visual indication that the wheel nuts have loosened and require immediate attention.
Failure to implement adequate procedures to prevent these kinds of problems can result in a range of different issues between VOSA and any commercial vehicle operator including fines.
Should you require wheel nut pointers Truck Tyre Solutions can supply and fit them as necessary, and will be more than happy to help you if you need more information.