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Bent Wheels Studs?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Notkyle21, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. Aug 22, 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    Notkyle21

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    Hi all, I recently got some new alloy wheels for my 05 Tacoma and went to go torque them down after driving on them for a few hours. I haven’t gotten a torque wrench yet so I wasn’t able to properly do it. Instead, I put an adapter that came with my new lug nuts on the end of my OEM lug wrench. It had a bit of play to it so when I went to torque them down it made it so that pressure was being applied downward or toward me on the wheel studs, and quite hard. I can’t really tell if after I did this the wheel studs are bent or not, but I’m kind of worried that I did bend them. How easy is it to bend wheel studs on these trucks? Would it have been possible?
     
  2. Aug 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM
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    I doubt you bent them . They are your wheels and very important so you should take it to Walmart or somewhere and have them check them out and torque . Probably $20 to safe not sorry .

    Hi welcome and good luck .
     
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  3. Aug 22, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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  4. Aug 22, 2020 at 6:47 PM
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    you'd of probably snapped one off before bending them
     
  5. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:07 PM
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    More than likely you didn’t bent a stud.
    The chances of marring up a lug nut are more likely.

    The farther away you get form the lug nut to the wrench, the more likely this is to happen.
    The OEM lug wrench fits way back off the nut to begin with, adding the socket didn’t help you any.
    I personally carry a dedicated 1/2” breaker bar and correct socket in my truck.
    I never had like using the OEM Wrench, you really need to be careful and support the “head” while using it.
     
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  6. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:19 PM
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    Without a torque wrench, people tend to overtorque lug nuts. Have seen a a few snapped studs in that manner. More likely you just marred up the threads
     
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  7. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:23 PM
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    I've popped a wheel stud before by over tightening. It just pretty much fails axially, or in a straight pull. The lug nuts are supported enough that the studs don't really flex sideways.
     
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  8. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:23 PM
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    should never take extreme effort to install correctly

    can lead to afuture failure

    beam torque wrenches tho not fancy are cheap
     
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  9. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:23 PM
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    FWIW, I’ll try to explain what OP is saying.

    Imagine using a long extension and NOT supporting the head of the ratchet.
    That’s what OP did, I doubt he did anything to the studs.
     
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  10. Aug 22, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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  11. Aug 23, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    I have a torque wrench being delivered on Monday, so after this weekend I should not have to worry
     

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