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NHTSA — Wheels: Lugs/Nuts/Bolts Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Pontiac Sunfire wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

May 092006

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


1998 Pontiac Sunfire making a right turn 30 mph when all wheel lug bolts broke on right front wheel and wheel came off. Wheel got stuck under car. No steering and braking was limited. Car went off the road. With the help of the rear emergency brake the car was stopped. Fortunately no injuries. Damage to disk brake, large dent in fender and bumper. NHTSA recall 97V219000 indicates similar problem for 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. Wheel holes were perfectly round indicating the wheel nuts were not loose. Car front wheels had been serviced 6 months earlier for new brakes. When I called Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 they indicated there was no recall for this car involving wheel lug bolts and said there is nothing they can do.

- Woodstock, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302002


  • miles
Consumer states that the wheels studs are so flimsy, that they break very easily when being tighten. Had 6 studs replaced. Nlm

- Portland, OR, USA

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