A few years ago I was hauling my boat home from a fishing trip. Up ahead there had been an unfortunate accident. No one was injured, but one of the three cars involved was totaled. It seemed that most of the glass from the windshield wound up in the road. I must not have seen a shard, because the next thing I knew I had a flat tire on my boat trailer. Not a big deal – I had a spare. I pulled over to the side of the road, cranked up the jack, and got ready to remove the lugs.
The lugs were rusted so I knew I’d have a bit of a wrestling match on my hands. What I didn’t know was that they’d bust off the hub when I cranked on them. When the first one popped off I felt like Hercules. When 3 of the 5 broke off I knew they were just rusted and weak. A new problem surfaced; how safe was it to trailer a boat with a tire with only two lug nuts? Not very.
No fishing that day, and I limped home. I replaced the hub, lugs and lug nuts, and got a wise tip from a friend who is a plumber. He told me to coat the lugs and lug nuts with Never Seeze. Never Seeze is a dark, gooey paste that keeps threads from rusting tight to nuts. I followed his advice and coated the lugs. I screwed on the lug nuts, and then coated the entire lug nuts.
There is an applicator brush in the cap that makes for an easy application. Try it on your threads, and you’ll change those flat trailer tires as fast as an Indy Pit Crew.
Tom Keer is a freelance writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He regularly writes for over a dozen magazines, and is the contributing editor of Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America and a columnist for The Upland Almanac. His book a “Flyfisher’s Guide to the New England Coast” was published by Wilderness Adventures Press in 2010. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.