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Never Seeze

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

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.