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Spare Lug nuts are way TOO important to replace a tire
I recently went through the worst experience with any car in my 30 years of dealing with cars. Two and a half years ago I got a 04' CLK-500 and on Sep 14 I found the right rear tire flat. I was very eager to change it not knowing what I had ahead of me. :lemon:
I am an athletic/fit 45 year old man and could not remove the tire from the car after I removed all lug nuts and was high in the air. :sick: So, I went ahead an called MB Road-side assistance around 8:30 PM PDST and spoke with Michelle, she said: "it might sound estrange, but kick it and it will come out" :confuse:
I thought maybe that will work, after multiple kicks it finally gave in and came out. At that point I was very happy I finally got it out. I went ahead and put the spare tire (I was :confuse: confused why there were spare lug nuts. I thought they were spares in case I lost the other ones and said good thinking Mercedes Benz) with the regular lug nuts, I did noticed that they went in too far and didn't get tight. I lower the jack and the car didn't move it felt as if the emergency brake was engaged. I called again MB road side assistance and they said that I needed to replace the lug nuts for the "Shorter" ones rather than "Spare" ones. So I did it, but the car didn't move at all. I called again and spoke with the same representative and she told me that I need to take car to the shop. So, I left the car parked and had it towed the next day. The local dealer quoted and charged me $1500 to repair it (Replaced wheel bearing, flange, brake shoe and emergency support. Labor itself was $919).
What does the people think about this? To me this is a design flaw and the dealers should warn us about this issue before we buy the cars. Has anyone else gone through the same situation?