Checking spokes

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: Checking spokes
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By tommy coffey on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 11:20 am:

How is the best way to evaluate a wheel and check for loose spokes or other safety concerns?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Keith Gumbinger, Kenosha, WI on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 11:49 am:

With the car on the ground (not jacked up) I grab a spoke on the fellow end and push in and out. Any movement can be felt and often heard, and that's a bad spoke.

Another way is when you drive the car slowly and hear a click - click sound coming from the wheel.

There are probably other ways also.

Keith


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Davis-SE Georgia on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 12:11 pm:

Whack'em with the plastic handle of a screwdriver and listen for the sound. A good spoke rings and a bad spoke goes "Thud". You can thump'em with your finger, but it gets painful after only a few.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 01:39 pm:

Tommy,

There's several things to look for in addition to those mentioned. Can you post some photos of the wheels you're questioning? Especially close-ups of the spoke ends, both at the hubs and at the felloes.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 06:59 pm:

Like rusty red dust showing anywhere around where wood and steel meet. A definite sign of moisture has gotten in to rust the metal, and motion between the wood and metal scrapes it off and out. The dust does tend to collect near its exit. Often, that dust shows up before you can shake anything enough to find it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Wrenn-Monroeville OH on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 07:22 pm:

And when it comes to wheel safety, the old phrase "If in doubt, throw it out" really comes into play!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Monday, October 03, 2016 - 08:21 pm:

The brown rust at the felloe end is a good indicator that things are moving. I rap each spoke with the back of a knuckle. Any looseness is clearly audible. In a wooden wheel, the spokes at the bottom of the wheel will be in compression under the load of the car. This will allow you to find loose spokes in the top half with a knuckle rap. Roll the car forward a bit to check the others as they become relaxed.

Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.


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