what does it mean when your wheel lugs are too hot to touch

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  1. cp5184

    cp5184 New Member

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    I have a honda civic. a while back a dumptruck or something hit it leaving tire marks all across one side of my car. it knocked the car against the curb, so there was damage to all 4 corners. everyone the insurance company sent the car to made the problems worse, I finally sent it to a local shop, and it runs ok now. there is some debris inside one of the front tires thanks to one of the insurance company idiots.

    now, the insurance adjuster noticed the hot lug nuts near the end of that hellish experience, I though it had gone away...

    nope, after I've driven a couple dozen miles the front lugs are almost too hot to touch...

    anyone have any ideas?
     
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  3. alltracman78

    alltracman78 New Member

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    Your tires and wheel bearings create heat as you drive.
    So do your brakes [to a much greater extent] when you use them.

    Perfectly normal.
    What might be a problem is if one side is much hotter than the other.
     
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    If there is a clicking sound coming from the wheel as the car rolls, the axle needs to be replaced. If there's a droning or thrumming sound coming from the wheel as it rolls, the wheel bearing needs to be replaced. Otherwise, it's probably a dragging brake pad -- but after driving a few miles in stop/go traffic, any FWD car will have hot front wheels.
     

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