Wheel Lugs for Ford
Whether you are replacing factory wheel lug nuts or buying new ones to match a new set of rims, there are a few specifications that you need to know. Ford makes everything from small cars to large utility trucks, and there are significant differences between the lug nuts they require. The number, size, and thread pattern are just a few of the details to know before you buy.Why are Ford’s wheel lug nuts important?
Your primary concern is that the wheels on your vehicle are securely attached. This is the job of the lug nuts. They hold the wheel on and keep it positioned for proper performance. Any time you replace the factory lug nuts on your Ford, it is crucial for your safety to make sure the new parts are compatible with the wheels and wheel studs.What is a bolt pattern for Ford vehicles?
Every Ford vehicle has a bolt pattern. This is a number that expresses how many lug nuts are on each wheel and the diameter of the circle they form when mounted.
For a small car, the bolt pattern may be something like 4x108. This means each wheel has four lug nuts, and they are arranged in a circle that is 108 millimeters in diameter. A large truck will have a larger pattern, such as 8x170.What is Ford’s locking lug nut?
A wheel lock is a lug nut that helps prevent theft of your rims. Standard lugs can be removed with any wrench that is the right size. Locking wheel lugs require a special key. You only need to put one wheel lock on each tire, so they are usually sold in sets of four with a key that is specific to that set.What features of lug nuts affect the fit?
Thread size: Thread size is the diameter of the wheel stud measured from the outside edges of the thread. This number may be expressed in inches or millimeters. For example, if the thread size for your wheels is 1/2 - 20, the studs are .5 inches in diameter. A thread size of 12x1.5 would mean the studs are 12 millimeters across.
Thread pitch: This is the second number in the above examples. In standard terminology, the pitch is the number of threads per inch, so a 1/2 - 20 stud has 20 threads per inch. In metric terms, it is the distance between the threads in millimeters, or 1.5 millimeters in the case of a 12x1.5 stud. The lug nuts must match the thread size and pitch of the wheel studs or they will not fit.
Seat type: The seat is the end of the lug nut that is tightened to the wheel, and it may be one of several different shapes. Many are conical, but there are also spherical, flat-washer, and spline types. Which type you need is determined by the wheel.
Length: Lug nuts can range from less than an inch to over two inches long. If you have hubcaps that cover the lug nuts, you will need the shorter type. If they are exposed, you can choose the length that appeals to you and works with the rims.