[Healeys] Wheel Spinners

John Spaur jmsdarch at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 9 23:23:12 MDT 2017

They are designed to tighten when while you drive. You can rectify this by switching the left side and right side knock-offs. By doing so, they will loosen as you drive until the wheel falls off.  :)


I am in the process repacking the wheel bearings, checking the brakes and rotating the tires. It took me two hours to loosen the two eared knock-offs. One hour and fifteen minutes for the first one and 15 minutes each for the next three after figuring out a better process.


I had not loosened them for 6,000 miles since I completed the restoration. Perhaps they need to be loosened on a scheduled basis or there is some other trick some lister might share.



’62 BT7 


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Roger Grace
Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 6:05 PM
To: Healey List <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Wheel Spinners


On my BJ8 with new MWS 72 spoke WW and hubs I find that the wheels are over tightening themselves particularly the front.

Have read the Rudge Whitworth self tightening info. but still not happy.

When I fit the wheels I tighten by hand then do a light couple of taps with my lead mallet.

After but a few miles I find that I have to really slog the spinners just to get them to move - the ol’ girl shakes all over.

It really is excessive and fear one day wont be able to get them to move at all – particularly on roadside.

What gives ?

Anyone else encountered this issue ?




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