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Old 06-06-2003, 10:24 AM
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Lug Bolts 300 SD

I took my 1984 300SD to Wal-Mart for a great deal on tires. Wal-Mart said that they could not install tires because the lug bolts were too tight. I then took my car to a Mercedes shop, where they removed the lug bolts in 3 seconds, without any difficulty. Has anyone heard of anything like this?
Jacob Wissler Jr., Houston, Texas, 1984 300 SD
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Old 06-06-2003, 11:01 AM
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The Motto here is keep your MB out of WalMart
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Old 06-06-2003, 01:00 PM
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Your lug nuts were probably just too tight for the kid working there. Myabe he was afraid to break them.
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:03 PM
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rdanz and vwbuge are probably both right. Some shops have an aversion to working on high-end vehicles - sometimes rightly so. Some owners can get overly picky about how their vehicle gets "manhandled", and the shop manager who knows his staff doesn't want his workers making some expensive mistake. It's best to go to a quality shop.
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Old 06-06-2003, 03:19 PM
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Count your blessings that the guy felt he was in over his head and decided to hand your keys back. Most tire shops would have just man-handled your precious Mercedes like it was an old Pinto and handed you back the keys with scratched wheels and stripped lug bolts (after they hammered them on as tight as possible with an impact wrench).

You got away lucky this time. I've had the worst luck with tire shops.

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