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my 2012 DC/OR at 2,000 miles...lug nut check!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Alan in GA, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Jan 28, 2012 at 7:06 AM
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    Alan in GA

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    Actually I did this back around 500 miles and don't think I mentioned it....check the LUG NUT TORQUE ON YOUR MAG WHEELS! About 2 nuts of each wheel were not tight. I just did a minor torque check with a 4 way lug wrench and found that the lug nuts were not all evenly tight. I have a torque wrench but did not even use it because I KNEW I was only checking for EXCESSIVE 'looseness' on my new truck's wheels. Now I wished I had used the torque wrench because some here might think I didn't know how tight the lug nuts should be....just heed my advice and CHECK your new trucks wheel lug nuts.
    YES, USE a TORQUE WRENCH for proper tightening if you have one but the lug nuts on several of my wheels were almost loose enough to finger spin! [ok, not that loose but not up to 'spec'].
    Anyone else notice this on a new Taco?
     
  2. Jan 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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    nobody?
     
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    Meh, let the wheel fall off, sue the shit out of Toyota. Then buy a new Tacoma!:p
     
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    Same should be with new wheels.

    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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    When I removed my rear wheels a few weeks ago to put on my air bags they did seem a little loose.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Any time anyone other than me touches my lug nuts, I always loosen them and retorque to spec as soon as I get home.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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    proper torque is 83 ft lbs if I remember correctly
     
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    Correct
     
  9. Jan 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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    the loose ones on mine must have been about 30 or 40 ft lbs....just guessing but I know they could have worked loosed from where they were!
     
  10. Jan 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM
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    how do you check how tight a nut is on in foot pounds? I dont have any special equipment other than a ratchet set and the factory tire iron...
     
  11. Jan 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    You need a torque wrench to check it
     
  12. Jan 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    You can get a torque wrench for $15 from harbor freight.
     
  13. Jan 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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    good reminder for all of us
     
  14. Jan 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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    Set if for 10 lbs less than the spec it's supposed to be. If the nut turns before it clicks [click type torque wrench] then you know it was less than spec.
    Just take a 'regular' lug nut wrench and put mild torque on the nuts, it's easy to tell if any are TOO loose.
    Best advice is still to use someone's torque wrench.
     

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