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Old 04-22-2020, 09:04 PM
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Default Thoughts about Anti-seize on trailer lug nuts?

Hey Guys,
what’s everyone’s thoughts on putting a bit of anti-seize lubricant on trailer lug nuts?

Each year I remove all my lug nuts to rotate tires and just to inspect everything and each year, they are getting harder to remove... this year I broke two studs. Had to run out and get replacements and install... I guess better at home then on side of road. What do you think of using a bit of Anti-seize?

The obvious is the problem, if a lug nuts comes loose...

researching it a bit and I hear that the torque should be different then what I currently am torquing too now...

any input on the whole thing? or about torquing them different if I decide to give it a try?
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I’ve always grease coated everything including wheel/hub mating surfaces, springs, axle, etc.
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
I’ve always grease coated everything including wheel/hub mating surfaces, springs, axle, etc.

are you also grease coating the lug nuts and studs too? And no issues with one backing out?

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If you use grease or antisieze you need to reduce your torque. If the lug nuts and studs are already rusty then you only need to reduce about 10% but if they are both clean then you need to reduce by 25% or more. There are several web sites that break it down by oil, grease, antisieze, thread locker. And by bolt diameter.
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:45 AM
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If you do apply a grease or lubricant, make sure it has a very high flash point. Heat gets transferred very easily from the bearings and brakes, to the studs and lugs. Friend of mine applied some grease he had at his shop to his because it works wonders protecting from salt water. However it has a very low flash point and first tow both hubs caught fire.
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Originally Posted by samven View Post
If you use grease or antisieze you need to reduce your torque. If the lug nuts and studs are already rusty then you only need to reduce about 10% but if they are both clean then you need to reduce by 25% or more. There are several web sites that break it down by oil, grease, antisieze, thread locker. And by bolt diameter.
Check'em periodically for retorque also. I always grease the studs, but check the torque every trip.
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Thanks for the replies everyone.
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I know you're not supposed to, but I use anti-seize on my trailer lug nuts. I torque them normally and do a re-torque after 50 miles; I've never had one loosen unexpectantly. I do a visual check everytime I hook up the trailer.
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I always use anti seize on all trailer hardware. Just torque it properly and check it regularly. My trailer is a single axle so it doesn't take too long to check all the hardware once every month or so.
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I use stainless steel lug nut no problems.
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Originally Posted by fishitus View Post
I use stainless steel lug nut no problems.

are the lug nut studs stainless steel too or just the nuts?
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Grease them up, don't over think it.
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Just the nuts
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just squirt with WD every once in a while
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Originally Posted by DAJ View Post
If you do apply a grease or lubricant, make sure it has a very high flash point. Heat gets transferred very easily from the bearings and brakes, to the studs and lugs. Friend of mine applied some grease he had at his shop to his because it works wonders protecting from salt water. However it has a very low flash point and first tow both hubs caught fire.
your buddy had bigger problems than the grease! the hub should never get hot enough that you cant touch it with your bare hand! if it is getting that hot, there are bigger problems!
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Agreed the hub should never get that hot if it does you have a seriously dragging brake or overly tight bearing or both. I do spray corrosion X or Boeshield on the wheel nuts and studs after torquing and coat the back side of the wheel with Evinrude triple guard grease to keep the galvanized wheel from seizing to the drum or disc rotor...and remove them once a season to keep things from seizing.
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All good ideas guys thanks for the many replies!
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I have always used anti-sieze on the lug nuts on my boat trailers. Just remember that it is a lubricant and you will need to reduce your torque on the lug nuts. For most trailers you would torque to 90ftlbs. For those with anti-sieze you will want to torque to 75-80ftlbs. I have always done 75 and never had one loosen.
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Grease on trailer studs.
I have never used a torque wrench on any lug nut, car, truck or trailer.
But then again I have a calibrated wrist.
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Problems with lugs nuts coming loose is an indicator of overloading. Lubricating threads and retorquing is a common practice.

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