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Old 06-20-2013, 12:42 PM   #21
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Wow. Guess we're just backwoods here because I've never seen any of the multiple tire shops in my area torque them.
And I thought Texas had the biggest and best of everything.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:59 PM   #22
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I had a friend once tell me he didn't need a torque wrench - he knew how much force it took to lift 75 lbs and would just apply that with a breaker bar. He eventually managed to ruin the engine of an AMX Javellin.

Personally I have broken a couple bolt heads when I should have used a torque wrench. I keep it with the rest of the sockets now. The price of the wrench is worth saving the inconvenience caused when things are done wrong.

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #23
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How much problem does everyone have getting the plastic protective covers off of the lug nuts?
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #24
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OK, How to remove the plastic caps on the lugs?

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How much problem does everyone have getting the plastic protective covers off of the lug nuts?
Yes, use a torque wrench and check before each long haul.

Now, the plastic caps on the lugs are a pain to remove.

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How much problem does everyone have getting the plastic protective covers off of the lug nuts?
What a PITA. Short of buying the correct tool, I use a pair of the free paint can openers available at Lowes or Home Depot.

Put one finger though the adult beverage opener loops, the lip of the lid tool opposite each other on either side of the plastic cover. Squeeze together and pull straight out.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #26
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No problem, Phillips screwdriver, remove one screw on each wheel and off come the caps exposing the lug nuts. Take the caps off at home and leave them off the first day of travel so I can re-torque every 50-75 miles. Put them back on when we stop for the night.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:44 PM   #27
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No problem, Phillips screwdriver, remove one screw on each wheel and off come the caps exposing the lug nuts. Take the caps off at home and leave them off the first day of travel so I can re-torque every 50-75 miles. Put them back on when we stop for the night.
I think he is referring to the kind that I have.
plastic "snap on" caps. (no screws)
Though mine are white.
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ALL of mine are tightened at the limit of my wrench ( 120+) from the factory. I guess I should loosen them all and retighten? the forest river caution says tighten but nothing about loosen.
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What a PITA. Short of buying the correct tool, I use a pair of the free paint can openers available at Lowes or Home Depot.

Put one finger though the adult beverage opener loops, the lip of the lid tool opposite each other on either side of the plastic cover. Squeeze together and pull straight out.
I'll bet we have a few in the garage. Thanks. I crimped a few using pliers and a piece of towel. They will probably fall of within a few years.

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ALL of mine are tightened at the limit of my wrench ( 120+) from the factory. I guess I should loosen them all and retighten? the forest river caution says tighten but nothing about loosen.
Torque must be "set" while turning. So if they were over torqued you will need to loosen them to re-tighten to spec.
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