Wheel offs-Solution!-Proper Torquing
It’s The Law
Wheel offs occur due to failure of wheel end attaching parts. Most of these failures occur as a result of improper maintenance of the wheel end system. Of special importance is the over or under torquing of wheel/rim attaching parts i.e. the nuts that hold the rim onto the wheel hub studs. It is estimated that as much as 80% of the trucks that travel our highway systems have improperly maintained wheel/rim attaching parts. They are either under torqued or over torqued to the degree that they represent eventual failure.
Wheel/Rim /Tire manufacturers put great emphasis on proper wheel/rim nut torquing in their instructional service manuals. “Wheel attaching parts must be torqued to pre-determine torque values.”
The OSHA Regulations regarding the torquing of wheel attaching parts are very clear CLICK HERE to review(C) Employee Training (1) items (i) and (ii). These areas are highlighted in the OSHA Standard.
IT’S THE LAW-WHEEL NUTS MUST BE TORQUED
If there is a doubt in your mind, copy the OSHA regulation and discuss with your attorney and your insurance company or contact www.customerservice.net or call 1-800-352-9852 for particulars.