TowZone Posted February 8, 2018 Share Posted February 8, 2018 04-08-05: stevo wrote, I've probably changed a few hundred tires but not a lot of Mercedes. Well, I did over $800.00 in damage by using the lugs from the flat tire. I didn't know that there are special (shorter) lugs meant for the spare. She drove about 10 feet and I knew there was a problem. A very loud problem. I got the manual and saw what I did wrong. BUT WHY????? isn't there a sticker or some kind of warning on the spare? NOPE,,,they are in a little baggie with the jack ( I hardly ever use the customers jack) And it was a full size spare too. Its the first damage Ive done in years and Im Pissed. Are all Mercedes like this or just the C series? Steve - Choice Towing & Recovery - Fredericksburg, Va Schu said: I believe its only 1 model that has that ( the one with the funky center caps ) and from what I remember on the couple I did was that there was a sticker on the bolt holding the spare down and the lugs where with the tire tools. Stevio replied: There wasnt a sticker on the spare, the only clue was in the owners booklet. This sounds like something at least one of the MCs would have warned us about. What a stupid design. Steve - Choice Towing & Recovery - Fredericksburg,Va Topquality said: Steve, Please enlighten me on the year and model so I can let my driver's know. I haven't heard of this and we have changed quite a few BMW tires. I hate hearing of any damage claims like this. Damn BMW's - Steve Don 29 yrs aka THTDon said: Are you sure that the wheels on the car aren't aftermarket wheels? Usually, factory-installed custom wheels use the same lug nuts as the spare timre does. I have noticed that if a car has those old Crager SS chrome wheels (yes, I am dating myself here!). the lugs have washers and go through the lug holes like a sleeve, whereas the original nuts shoulder against the wheel. Towie said: A lot of Mercedes have them too, particually when they are fitted with a space saver tyre as a spare... The normal wheels have a great rim track as the the space saver almost none... It should have been real hard to do up the wheel nuts I think because on a normal lug, the thread gets larger as it goes in to lock the wheel to the car... (So it doesn't fall off) I know this as we tow a lot of Mercedes, BMW & Jag's that customers changed theown wheels and did what you did... Stevo said: My apologies gentlemen, I was a bit tired after along shift and I put BMW when I should have typed Mercedes ( at least I got the C series right ). I dropped it at the only dealer here that does work on the Mercedes and its a BMW and Volvo dealer. When I get to work Ill dig out the invoice and tell you the exact year. Steve - Choice Towing & Recovery - Fredericksburg, Va Nick Ovenden said: Guys, The Mercedes C Class and E Class have ally wheels and a steel spare. The bolts are too long for the steel wheel. We were issued a memo from the Merc dealers and the motor clubs that cover them. I guess we have a lot more of them than you do over there. Sorry to hear you had a problem. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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