I went to perform a brake inspection (and possible pad replacement, perhaps), on my 2003 WRX this Saturday. I started at the rear and when I went to take the driver’s side wheel off, I had to stand and bounce on the lug wrench each time to break all 5 of the nuts free. So, I go to the other side of the car and find the same thing… they’re all tight as hell. However, one of them starts to move, gives me a tight turn or two out, then stops. I stand on the wrench again to try and remove it and it won’t budge now… it’s frozen. I even tried to tighten it back on there, but it won’t move. I went ahead and tackled the front wheels with equal great effort, but I was able to get them free. The brakes are fine, but I do need to get that rear lug nut/bolt in order.
The last one to take that wheel off was the mechanic at a national chain tire shop that sold me some tires, and has subsequently rotated them. I’m positive that no one has touched those wheels since that shop. I think they over-tightened all of the nuts and stripped/cross-threaded that one in-particular.
The question… are they going to laugh at me when I tell them that they are responsible for this, and I want them to fix it?
Follow-up, how will it be fixed?