FJ62 Missing Lug Nut and Stud. Safe to Drive?

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Hello,

I am missing one-lug nut and stud on my front passenger side wheel (5 out of 6 are fine). Is it still safe to drive? My mechanic said it was fine but wanted to double-check before making a road trip.
 

micruz60

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Probably fine, as long as you are not driving fast on rough roads for hours.
 

Major Nelson

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why not just put a new one in? Doesn't take long. (though I'm sure it would be fine).
 
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I don’t recommend it. I had a wheel fall off my truck when I was in high school because of something like that. I was lucky I was in a parking lot or I probably wouldn’t be here to warn you about it.
 
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I’ve been missing one lug nut on my 6 lug GX470 for like 3 years. Ive literally jumped it and off roaded all over the country with it like that. Which reminds me, I need to get a lug nut.
 
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Your probably fine….. kids at my high school will run their 5 stud cars with 2 missing lugs on multiple wheels for weeks. I’m not joking when I’m saying this, kids are so silly. If they can do it, I’m sure you can do it too.
 

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To me the question is why is it missing in the first place. If your mechanic has a habit of over tightening lug nuts to the point that one of the studs has broken, then it might be time to replace all the studs and nuts and find a new mechanic. If there is a reason why one is missing or you are sure that there has not been some systematic carelessness applied to your wheel mounting, then you should be OK.
 

kevin in okinawa

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Don't put it off; fix it when you can. It may be okay for 5 years... and it may loosen up the other bolts and/or nuts and cause your front hub assembly to suffer serious damage and/or have your front wheel come off to under speed.
 
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I had a loose lug nut which allowed the wheel to wobble when I turned hard left. After a few days it caused the lugs to wallow and BORE a hole THROUGH the hub which finally gave out when I was pulling out of a parking space on my 18th birthday. I knew it was a problem and I had brought it to my dad’s attention who said it would be fine till the weekend when we could take a look at it. Didn’t make it to the weekend.
 

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