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Old 01-10-2016, 07:01 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by 53flyingcloud View Post
After you re-installed your wheels and, you've torqued them to the specification.
Just keep this important note in mind:
(Recommendation from the A/S factory)
Check the lug nuts again after you've driven 25 miles and, once more after you've driven no more than 100 miles. (these miles are approx but, close enough.)
You should be in good shape after that..

BTW, sounds like you're going thru alot of trouble just to clean the inside of your wheels..

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Old 05-13-2016, 11:42 AM   #16
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Precision Instruments makes the torque wrenches for Snap On, and sells their own branding for much cheaper than the snap on branding. They are available from Amazon for 173.00 but are on back order.


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Old 08-01-2016, 11:52 AM   #17
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What size torque wrench?

I'm getting ready to buy one off Amazon and I see 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" drive sizes, all capable of the recommended foot-pound range. So, which size do I need for tightening lug nuts?
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #18
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1/2 inch for wheels. And get a deep impact socket to fit the lug nuts. You do need a torque wrench. But I do not think a well calibrated, expensive one is at all necessary. Nice, maybe, but not necessary. What you are looking for is uniformity and somewhere close to the specified torque. And you need to carry it in the truck or trailer to re torqued after 50 miles or so. I have steel wheels on my trailer and probably could get buy without the torque wrench. But I carry one and use it anyway. And yes, the nuts do move at the first re-torquing even with the steel wheel. And remember not to oil the threads. Just clean with a brush. The torque specifed for wheels is a dry torque. Hence it is pretty approximate and dependent on the friction of the nut.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:21 PM   #19
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A 1/2" torque wrench us what I use for the final tightening. With my wheel/lug nuts I have to use a thin wall socket and short extension. If I use an impact socket it scratches the center cap.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:56 PM   #20
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Pretty doubtful that a 1/4" or 3/8" drive torque wrench can handle lug nuts needing say 100 lb/ft. No make that a firm nope.

A 1/2" drive click type, Sears comes to mind will take care of your trailer lugnuts and tow vehicle lug nuts.

Its a good thing to invest in and use.

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Old 08-01-2016, 06:15 PM   #21
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Harbor Freight's Pittsburgh 1/2" click torque wrench $21.99, often as not in HF's frequent special sales for half that price, with protective hard plastic case. I keep one of these in my AS's tools. HF's wrench agrees with my shop's torque wrench, a pricey Proto. It also agrees with an old-school Craftsman beam torque wrench that came to me from my Dad's tools. You can pay more, a lot more, than the HF model wrench, but why? Whichever you do get, safeguard it, protect it like the sensitive measuring instrument it is.

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