||10-24-2017 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by babock
I always use a torque wrench for lug nuts on all my vehicles and trailers however I don't usually carry one with me when I travel.
I always use a torque wrench for every fastener I install and that includes oil drain plugs. I have worked in some manufacturing environments and torque wrench use is the norm so it just follows into my home mechanical usage.
I use that same lug wrench that jimmoore13 uses from Walmart. I just make sure I use a torque wrench when I get home. Fortunately, I don't have to use it often.
I always use a torque wrench on the lugnuts before of my trailers before I head out on a trip. Seen too many people have sheared lug bolts or wheels that have come flying off.
BTW...never grease the threads. Torque values are for dry threads.
Thanks...good advice. Like you, I check my lug nuts often. My first wife was driving...following a trailer. One of the trailer wheels came off and, fortunately, bounced over her car...just dumb luck. Those behind her managed to avoid the bouncing tire, too.
I'm curious. On the occasions when you've done a "field repair", how far off are you compared to the torque wrench when you do it "by feel"? I suspect I over-tighten.
I've used one occasionally - for example to torque head bolts on an engine. I have no idea how close I come to manufacturer specs on things like lug nuts.
Again, good advice.