Originally Posted by scottj63
Just had swollen lug nuts diagnosed on my 2014 Overland. I thought service manager was joking but apparently it is a real thing and happens when the decorative cover over top of the nuts corrodes and swells. They can get the nuts off (no pun intended) but can't get them back on ... $230 for new nuts!
That's what you get for cheap POS multi-piece OEM nuts.
They tend to only become corroded if some ham fisted tech uses the wrong socket, the socket is worn, or otherwise doesn't fit tightly and dings the outer portion enough
to damage it.
Mistake number 2 was to buy more of the cheap poorly constructed things.
Possibly mistake 1 letting a dealer touch your nuts, unless there are absolutely no tire stores in the area.
BTW, yes, you can always put the dinged up swollen nuts back on. Is a PITA, but
it should allow you to escape the dealer and get to a real tire store and buy a set of one piece aftermarket ones. Figure 50-60 bucks max.
Surprised your dealer would sell overpriced one, as the smarter ones tend to have the one piece aftermarket units. Good tire stores would warn you if they see dinging and sell you a set of much ruggeder aftermarket ones a lot cheaper than OEMs.
A smart alec might ask if your nuts are swollen because you don't blow your jeep [another thread]