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Retorquing lug nuts

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Gunner123, May 20, 2018.

  1. May 20, 2018 at 6:22 AM
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    Gunner123

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    Hey everyone,
    I just got 4 new tires and wheels put on my truck. And when I picked up the truck he told me to come in after 120 miles and have the wheels retorqued. Problem is I didn’t foresee a 15 hour overtime shift on Saturday which threw my weekend for a loop :annoyed:. So now I leave for the river today, about a 300 mile trip each way. How Important is it for the wheels to be retorqued, or could I just have them done when I get back? Thanks!
     
  2. May 20, 2018 at 6:30 AM
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    Why is this a question? If you can't make it to the shop then go to an auto parts store and get a torque wrench to check them yourself. It's a handy tool to have regardless. The alternate is they have worked themselves loose and your wheel falls off. Don't endanger others.
     
  3. May 20, 2018 at 6:37 AM
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    You can pick up a beam style torque wrench for under $25. The wrench needs to go to 83 ft pounds. Pickup a set of deep sockets. I forget but I think the lugs are 21 mm.
     
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  4. May 20, 2018 at 6:43 AM
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    I think the chance of them over torquing is the more serious issue, thanks for the response though I’ll just grab a torque wrench I should have specified I was more worried about over torquing. I went over them the day after to make sure they weren’t loosened, I’ll grab a torque wrench to check the the torque though.
     
  5. May 20, 2018 at 6:40 PM
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    It's probably due to the new wheels and the alloy "compressing" as it settles. This doesn't need to be done every time you rotate your tires, just once since they are new to ensure there wasn't any loosening.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2018 at 10:18 AM
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    Yes, absolutely re check the torque on new rims. You'll more than likely find a few lugs loose or not to spec.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    Yeah I invested in a torque wrench figure it was a good investment. :thumbsup:
     
  8. Jun 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM
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    My wife had her tires rotated last week. I grabbed the torque wrench as I always do once someone has worked on our vehicles. One lug nut twisted a ton. The rest were to spec. Always check just for peace of mind if nothing else.
     

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