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Old 04-12-2015, 02:33 AM   #1
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How much tension on a wheel strap??

When applying tension to the wheel straps on a tow dolly is there a standard as to how much is enough?

My tendency has been to make sure the rear hook end is as tight and stretched as possible- with absolutely no slack or play. I use up all the ratchet strength available.

I hope I am not damaging the tire on the car though as this puts a lot of pressure on the forward part of the the wheel as it pulls the car forward into the strap and wheel pan.

I have never seen any documentation as to what is the appropriate or necessary amount of tension to apply and was wondering if anyone else has that info.

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tighten the ratchet strap down till you can not tighten it anymore by hand! (Both hands) As tight as possible! You are not going to hurt the tire.

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I agree with palehorse. I tight end down as tight as I can go.

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Just make sure the ratchet is fully engaged on a pawl so it can't come loose especially if it is the non-locking type.
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Thanks all- my practice has been pretty much as all have outlined here. Just needed a head check on this.

My practice has been to the ratchets down until I can't get anymore out of them making sure the rear and front of the straps are taught.

It just seems hard to believe that kind of pressure on the front and downside areas of the tires does them much good,but have not had any problems.
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