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Old 06-21-2016, 07:13 AM   #11
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The cover on my lug nut slipped while I was changing the tire at a gas station due to a defect in the tire. I used a hammer to drive the socket on the nut so I could remove it. Then I destroyed a screwdriver using it to punch the nut out of the socket.

Why do we have 12 point sockets anyway when all the nuts (lug and otherwise) I've seen are 6 sided?

The Harbor Freight torque wrench is certainly not a professional tool, but it works very well for this purpose at a price that lets me keep it in my camper at all times. I don't even want to think about what a Snap On wrench would cost. It's the right tool for the job.

Yep, the wrench is for the lite only, I never remove it when at home.

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Old 06-21-2016, 07:23 AM   #12
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How often do you guys check the lugs?? Mine says 100 ft lbs each time out...
I think that's overkill. If the wheels have been off I check at the start of the trip, when we arrive and before the start of the next trip. In ten years of camper ownership I have not found a single loose lug nut.

I do still check periodically, though.

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Old 06-21-2016, 07:37 AM   #13
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This is another thing to add to your tool box that stays with the camper in order to get your lugs off when needed.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:10 AM   #14
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Hey all!

I can't get an old style 4-way on to these lug nuts. There isn't enough clearance around the wheel.
What are you using?
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:24 AM   #15
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I have in the truck, a breaker bar, a short extension, a harbor freight torque wrench, and the 6 sided impact sockets for both the truck and trailer, and the lug lock tool for the truck.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:33 AM   #16
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I have not checked mine in 2 years. Maybe time again to do so. Once seated they do not loosen.

I use 1946 vintage Craftsman deep socket set to check with a standard Torque Wrench. They are 12 point as well. My father used these as a tradesman for 50 years and now i have had them since 1983. Like new!

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:50 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Cut_un View Post
How often do you guys check the lugs?? Mine says 100 ft lbs each time out...

If you have had them off for any reason, after a hundred miles. Supposed to do that on your vehicle too, but tire shops rarely tell you that.

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:53 AM   #18
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I think its important to check the torque on initial install of the wheel and after about the first 100 miles after that only after a wheel has been removed. this has worked for me. I use a 1/2" torque wrench and 6" extension and either 12 point or 6 which ever is handy.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:51 AM   #19
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I torque periodically rather than each trip as I've never had them loosen up after changing a tire and then re-torquing. Just when I am doing other work around the camper.

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:56 AM   #20
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Why do we have 12 point sockets anyway when all the nuts (lug and otherwise) I've seen are 6 sided?

As I understand one reason is for positioning in tight spaces. Ever try to get a 6 point socket on a nut if you only have 3-4 inches of space to ratchet in? Sometimes you can, sometimes you need a 12 point. Best to have a set of both 6 and 12 point sockets. I use 6 point for high torque situations which is what I should have done with camper lug nuts and I wouldn't have had the problem I did. I got lazy and used the 12 point because it was handy and paid the price!

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