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Old 03-04-2010, 01:31 PM   #29
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Enough good tools make the solution easier. The refurb I'm currently involved in is being done with the tools I usually have on board the m/h. All my good stuff is in Denver. I did have enough tools (breaker bar, extension, 1" socket and cheater bar to make up 6ft) in my kit to break the lugs loose after much strain. If I had been at Denver, my CP Impact wrench would have done nicely. I have checked with 3 truck alignment shops and 2 Chevrolet truck dealerships here and all said that anti-seize will allow the proper torque and they have NO bulletins warning against the use of it on lug nuts/studs.
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Update: Worked on passenger side Lugs today. Same idiot with the air wrench must have installed lugs for FO. It took a breaker bar and a 9 foot cheater pipe to loosen the lugs. Two or three of the lugs would crack and pop as I loosened them. The good news: no stripped studs or nuts. They are now properly installed and torqued to specs. And yes, I used Anti-Seize on them. Since all the differing opinions, I am going to monitor the situation and update everyone on the results. Thanks for your feedback and comments on this!
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Mixed opinions.

Hi, I see the opinions are strong on both sides of the fence for lubing or not lubing the lug nuts/studs. So I will stand my ground on the opinion of not lubing them, but on my side of the fence, we don't have rust problems here like you may have in other parts of this huge country. And maybe if I worked or lived in your side of the fence I might lube them too.

Many years ago when I was a new car dealer mechanic, I worked next to a guy from Canada; He said it was great to be working on cars where when you turned a bolt, it didn't break off, or have to be torched out, Like when he was working in a dealer in Canada.
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Bob, I respect your position on the Anti-Seize and understand. I think all the peeps on this forum are going to defend a position. That's ok by me and you are still welcome at my campfire regardless of position.
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When I asked an old-timer years ago why it was so important to use a torque wrench on free turning wheel nuts he explained that you should think of the threads as springs. Proper torque stretches the spring to keep things tight, over tightening with lubricant can stretch the spring to the breaking point.

Something even I could understand...back in the '60's
Me too Bob..and we from the North Right Coast.
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The torque wrench will serve you well on lugs as far as I can see. Note on torque wrenches: be sure the wrench has been calibrated and is stored properly to maintain accuracy.
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The torque wrench will serve you well on lugs as far as I can see. Note on torque wrenches: be sure the wrench has been calibrated and is stored properly to maintain accuracy.
Hi, and by storing your torque wrench properly, we mean turning down the adjustment to zero or the lowest number on the scale. [mine stops at 20 lbs.]
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