Tinnerman Nuts Do they need to be Used
Tinnerman nut is used to hold the brake rotors in place as it goes down the assembly line. The nuts should never be replaced after the brake rotor is turned, or replaced. Tinnerman nuts can cause problems on newer vehicles if new rims are put on the vehicle.Most performance or aftermarket rims do not have relief cut into the seats to accommodate this thin nut. The driver may report a vibration in the steering wheel or the brake pedal if the Tinnerman nut is left on the vehicle.
Note: If new rims are to be put on your car, or truck, , have the Tire Technician remove the nuts to all four wheels before rims are installed.
Tinnerman was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1870 by George Tinnerman. It was known as the Tinnerman Stove Company, makers of high-end stoves. In 1936, Albert, George’s son, created a spring steel fastener known as the “Speed Nut®” in order to solve an ongoing issue with stove shipping. From that day, the business expanded in a whole new direction serving multiple industries. George Tinnerman, grandson of the founder, commercialized Speed Nuts in markets beyond stoves – so successful in fact that the stove business shut down entirely. Tinnerman became the supplier of fasteners for 100% of WWII Aircraft.
According to a 1947 Fortune Magazine article, the Tinnerman Company used aggressive techniques to change the automotive industry. The time saving fasteners held parts in place without the need for welding or riveting. At the time, an automobile manufacturer doubted that it was strong enough to hold fenders to bodies. A.H. Tinnerman responded by hoisting a 3,325-pound Plymouth off the ground supported by a Speed Nut. A.H. also created a plan to save Ford millions of dollars by changing the way automobiles are created – finding 400 unique places and application for Tinnerman products. It became an automotive revolution.
By Master Tech Lee