I need lug nuts for my car. Some might think that you can just go to the store (or the dealer) and buy them (the right ones), apparently not.
The car is a 2001 Dodge Intrepid SE which 16" wheels. It came with steel wheels from the factory (with the hub caps that are secured with the lug nuts).
I got a set of nice Alloy wheels (see picture). The steel rims are so rusted on the edge that some tires do not hold air anymore. I was told the lug nuts would be the same for steal and alloy wheels. I was told by the tire dealer that they were not, they put 1 rim on and tried it, said that the seating and length does not fit (the lug nuts are the original ones that came with the car).
I went to Autozone/AdvanceAutoParts first, they have 5 different styles, but do not know which ones I need.
I went to the dealer. The also have different ones, but do not know which ones I need.
I contacted Dodge (yes, the car manufacturer), parts division, they do not know which ones I need.
Dodge told me that they rely on the dealer. When I asked where the dealer gets this kind of secret information from, they confirmed that it was from them (Dodge), but then again, I would have to ask the dealer, they do not have this kind of information.
Does anybody here know the correct part number? Here are all the numbers that are etched into the wheels:
- 16x7 JX43
- C102102 3
- FX4N3 2110
I would prefer to buy aftermarket as I see no reason to spend over $300 for 20 lug nuts (yes, the dealer wanted $16.03 for 1 piece, I bought one they 'thought might fit' but it did not). Used ones would be fine too, if undamaged of course.
If this issue gets solved, I would have 4 original hubcaps (secured by the lug nuts) to give away.
Thank you for your help in advance.