How to choose lug nuts for your vehicle

Your car isn't only responsible for getting you from Point A to Point B; it also needs to keep you safe along the way. Lug nuts may be just a small part of your car or truck, but the role they play in safety is big. With different types and sizes, purchasing lug nuts can seem overwhelming. Understanding just what your lug nuts do and what it means to have a good fit are essential in choosing the right lug nuts for your vehicle.

What is a lug nut?

Lug nuts are arguably some of the most important equipment on your car or truck. Lug nuts are a type of fastener that ensures your car or truck wheels are secured to your vehicle's axles, and therefore tightly secured to the vehicle itself. Lug nuts are sold in a variety of shapes and specifications, which is why it's important that you know which size and type your car needs.

How do I choose the right lug nuts?

Lug nuts play a vital role in the safety of your car, so ensuring you have the right fit is important. To choose the correct lug nuts for your car & truck wheels, you first need to identify which lug nut thread size and pitch will best fit your wheel studs. You can use a thread pitch gauge to determine the thread size by measuring the outside diameter of the wheel stud. Common wheel stud sizes include 10, 12, and 14 millimetres. The pitch refers to the distance between threads. Both the thread size and pitch should be used to decide which lug nuts will fit your studs.

After deciphering the thread size and pitch of your wheel stud, you'll then need to understand the different types of lug nuts. Tapered lug nuts are the most common type of fastener, with many domestic vehicles requiring this type. Another common type is spherical or ball seat lug nuts, which have a rounded end. Owner's manuals and online guides for your specific set of wheels can help you decide which lug nut type is right for your vehicle.

Where can I buy lug nuts?

eBay is one of the best places to buy your lug nuts because you can browse a huge range of car parts from the comfort of your couch. You'll find just the lug nuts you need without wasting your time going to the store. From car & truck hubcaps to ball seat lug nuts, you can hone in on just what you need to complete your car and keep it safe.

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