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The lug nuts on my 2003 Subaru Outback seem to come loose. It's worse with the front wheels. Recently 3 lugs on one wheel were ready to fall off when I discovered the problem. What can I do about it? Is there something causing this problem that should be fixed?

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Are the rotors, rusty?? salt area??? aluminum? steel? lug studs clean? threads in lug nuts good? lightly oiled? the wheels must be clean and all mating surfaces clean, then the lug nuts should be torqued to spec 60-80lbs? maybe torque them and drive a few miles and torque them again, then again after a week.

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There should not be any problem with lugs loosening up by themselves. i hope that someone is not lossening your lug nuts without your knowlege. If that is not the problem , call subaru and ask the service dept if there are any problems like this happenig to your car. If you had your tires changed recently that may be the problem. (lug nuts were not tightened properly) Otherwise a quick fix would to buy loctite and just place a little on the threads after lossening your lug nuts and then retighten your lugnuts. Good luck with your problem

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There was a recall on some alloy wheels (I don't think for loosening lugnuts, not sure) so you might check with a dealer about your car being involved in that recall.

In case someone was interrupted trying to steal your wheels, you could get a set of MacGuard or w'ever locking lugnuts. Discount Tire or most any tire dealer can get those for you or try ebay, etc. They will at least prevent casual thieves from trying to steal your wheels, and, if the 'locking' nut on the wheel loosens itself - you will know you have a real problem.

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