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I recently noticed what sounded like intermittent CV joint noise coming from the right front. It only happened at lower speeds during slight right turns, so I figured it was a dry CV joint. I checked the joints and found that both inner joints were slinging grease but not that much considering my RTS is an '06 with 181k miles. I went ahead and bought a right half shaft. When I started to take the right front wheel off, I found I was missing 2 lug nuts and the remaining 3 were not very tight!

I've never had this problem before. I can't recall when I last had that wheel off, but I always tighten up lug nuts. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem.
 

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Amazingly you got very lucky and didn't break a studs on that axle. I'd be checking the remaining lug nuts with a torque wrench and be sure it is set at 95#. I'd also wonder if someone was trying to steal your wheel or wheels. Do you park outside, if so you may want to check into locking lug nuts with one per wheel?
 

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It has happened to my son and a buddy, but we found out later that someone did it intentionally.
I don't recall the recommended torque off the top of my head, but I've always torqued lug nuts to 95 ft lbs.
Take the vehicle on a 5 mile drive and re-check torque.
Just about every time there seems to be at least 1 or 2 that will move.
To answer your question, I have never lost a lug nut.
 

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...Take the vehicle on a 5 mile drive and re-check torque.
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I cannot stress how important this is to do. My son runs a tyre shop, and in Norway it is normal to have one set of wheels for the summer season and one set normally with studded tires for the winter. Twice a year the wheels are changed, and many customers do not bother to re-torque (even if this is a free service at his place).

When one bolt is starting to move, the wheel will get a slight vibratiion which will cause the rest of your bolts to start rotating.

So if you have had the wheel off your car recently, this might be the explanation why bolts are missing.
 

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I always torque my RL wheel nuts to 94 lb-ft and have never had a loose one. As a point of reference, the 2006 Pilot torque is only 80 lb-ft (but a 16 inch wheel.. if that makes any difference).
 

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Ridgelines through the years have used several different lug nuts. In fact, with my Ridgeline snow wheels from a previous year I have a different face on the lug nuts. It would not be good to get the wrong lug nut.

By any chance, do you possibly have the wrong lug nuts for your factory wheel?
 

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I would think someone didn't tighten them or loosened them. No way they loosened up on their own.
 

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I always torque my RL wheel nuts to 94 lb-ft and have never had a loose one. As a point of reference, the 2006 Pilot torque is only 80 lb-ft (but a 16 inch wheel.. if that makes any difference).
The difference there is the size of the wheel lugs. Your Pilot (and my MDX) use 12mm lugs. Our RLs use 14mm lugs.
 

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Did you buy the truck used? As others have said, make sure you have the right lug nuts since they changed from year to year and wheel to wheel.

 

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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like it's not a common problem. I don't think I have any enemies who would sabotage me, and I doubt anyone was trying to steal my wheels (they would have gone for the rears first - better rubber). I guess that wheel got a little loose and kept getting worse.

I have the middle lug nuts shown in the pic above. I picked up a couple replacements (Dorman 611-278) at AZ. I'll keep all lugs torqued up to 95 ft-lbs from now on.

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Yes had the same issue a few months ago on the passenger front. I eventually blamed it on sabotage and actually had to replace two wheel studs because the threads were stripped from the wheel vibration.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like it's not a common problem. I don't think I have any enemies who would sabotage me, and I doubt anyone was trying to steal my wheels (they would have gone for the rears first - better rubber). I guess that wheel got a little loose and kept getting worse.

I have the middle lug nuts shown in the pic above. I picked up a couple replacements (Dorman 611-278) at AZ. I'll keep all lugs torqued up to 95 ft-lbs from now on.

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Make sure those are the ones you are SUPPOSED to have, and not just the same as what you already have. If you got the truck used, it's possible (however unlikely) that somebody previously used the wrong lugs nuts on whatever wheels you happen to have. Different nuts for different wheels.
 
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