I am looking for a little help with a situation I am in. I recently got my oil changed in my 2010 Ford Fusion with the chrome snowflake hubcaps, when the tech came out and said that my lug nuts on my tires were "swollen". I never heard of this before, but apparently the stock lug nuts are made of 2 pieces, a steel base with a chrome cap and when the steel rusts, it expands the cap and the correct socket won't work anymore.
Ford offered to replace them for me for 170 dollars, which is ridiculous. Problem is, I cannot for the life of me find any aftermarket lug nuts that will hold my hubcaps on my tires. Plenty of lug nuts are the correct thread and size, but none i seem to find will "bite" onto the hubcap to hold the cap onto the rim underneath.
Does anyone have any info on where I could find any aftermarket lug nuts that won't cost me an arm and a leg? I found one on dorman.com and stopped at local auto stores and they either don't have them in stock or want to charge like 10 bucks a piece for them, which is more then ford is offering.
Any and all help is much appreciated.
Here is what the current lug nut looks like, the lip of the lug nut is what holds the hubcap in place.