Can you drive a car with broken lug nut?

If you are missing a lug nut, it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible. It is potentially dangerous to drive around with a missing lug nut because of the extra pressure exerted on the wheel. This pressure can damage the wheel bearings, studs, and cause other lug nuts to fall off.

What causes your lug nuts to break?

Usually, the wheel studs will only break off while driving if you have a loose wheel on your car. The loose wheel might be due to over-torquing or under-torquing the lug nuts when the tire was installed—either way, the problem probably originated when you last had new tires put on.

How long does it take to replace a lug nut stud?

Required Tools and Materials for this Project: You can fix this yourself in about an hour and for less than $50. You’ll need to buy a tie rod end remover (OTC No. 7315A, at, or rent one from an auto parts store. Then buy a new stud and two new lug nuts (yes, two of them).

How much is a lug nut?

Lug nut cost can range anywhere from less than $5 up to $100 per piece depending on the material and brand of the lug nut.

How long can I drive with a missing lug nut?

You can safely drive at legal speeds with a missing lug nut; however, you should head to your nearest tire shop as soon as possible. Over time, this excess pressure can wear down the other lug nuts.

Will a missing lug nut cause vibration?

Could the bad lug be the cause of the vibration as it has never done that before. It’s possible, although just one nut failing shouldn’t allow for much movement.

How much does it cost to replace a tire stud?

On average, new wheel lug studs cost $4 to $12. This cost does not include labor (which would likely set you back *$61 to $77). If only one stud is missing or damaged, you can drive it safely when traveling a short distance to a repair shop or auto parts dealer.