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Old 02-02-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Lug Nut Torque Report

Six-bolt pattern, steel wheel, 95lbs torque. After 100 miles or so I stopped and rechecked the nuts. They all needed a tad more torque, perhaps 2-3 lbs or so. So, even though I've never had a nut come loose from any of my vehicles in over 60 years of using just my arms to measure torque, it's apparent purchasing and using a torque wrench is of some value.
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Agreed. I purchased one of those types that click. At the start of every trip (after sitting for a period of time) I check the torque. If the tire(s) were removed for any reason, I will check them after 50 miles, 100 miles and then periodically during the trip.
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This is even more important if you have aluminum wheels! They could could be off by as much as 20 foot pounds in fifty miles. All the vehicles I have with aluminum wheels get re-torqued after the initial install. Once their redone they never loosen up again until removal.
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