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Old 08-02-2004, 06:52 AM   #15
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The answer that I have found for the tire store over torqueing the wheel nuts/bolts is to get a proper "torque stick" and take it with you to the tire store and insist that they use it on their impact wrench when they put the wheels on. They are available at any good auto parts store, most likely by special order. Harbour Freight carries a full set for around $100. My individual ones cost $35 each, but they were made in the US, not China.

For those of you who have never seen at "torque stick", they look like a one piece socket and extension about 8 inches long. The extension part is sized in length and diameter so it flexes and controls the torque. They really work great. I know that GM requires that dealers use them when using an impact wrench for installing wheels. I saw one in use on a Ford service commercial recently, so I suspect that they require them also.

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