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Old 03-11-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation Telescoping tire iron isn't up to the job.

A few days ago, I noticed a nail in my tire while my 2012 was parked in my driveway. No problem, I figured, I'll just put on the spare and drop the tire off at my local shop. I started taking the spare and jack out when I notice this funny little telescoping tire iron. To the best of my knowledge, my tires have only been removed once since I bought the car. And that one time was for a tire rotation performed by my Ford dealer. That little tire iron started bending without being able to remove a single lug nut. Lucky for me, my old F-150 has the same 3/4" size lug nuts, and a solid metal tire iron. I'll be bringing the Focus tire iron to my Ford dealer at the next oil change. Do yourself a favor, go buy a solid metal tire iron and keep it in your trunk. If I was stuck on the road, I wouldn't have been able to change my tire with the one provided.


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Old 03-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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A few days ago, I noticed a nail in my tire while my 2012 was parked in my driveway. No problem, I figured, I'll just put on the spare and drop the tire off at my local shop. I started taking the spare and jack out when I notice this funny little telescoping tire iron. To the best of my knowledge, my tires have only been removed once since I bought the car. And that one time was for a tire rotation performed by my Ford dealer. That little tire iron started bending without being able to remove a single lug nut. Lucky for me, my old F-150 has the same 3/4" size lug nuts, and a solid metal tire iron. I'll be bringing the Focus tire iron to my Ford dealer at the next oil change. Do yourself a favor, go buy a solid metal tire iron and keep it in your trunk. If I was stuck on the road, I wouldn't have been able to change my tire with the one provided.
good to know.. thnx
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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Yeah, I was working with my wheels, and laughed when I saw it. It would be very bad to get stuck with it. It's too small to get a good grip, either.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Is the design of the tire iron inherently flawed or is this a result of them over-torquing your lug nuts on when they rotated your tires?

I'm curious if the supplied iron is basically only strong enough for the torque spec and anything beyond that will bend it?
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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Ive swapped tires on my car twice with this thing

Perfectly fine for temp use or even seasonal use
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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what does it look like?
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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That's why I keep a 1/2 ratchet and socket in the tire well. When I go on long trips I take my cheater tube too.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #8
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I bent mine the first time i used it. I was taking the factory wheels off (recentyl rotated by the dealer) and installing my winter wheels. I was able to bend it back enough to collapse it and put it away though.
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You have 5 years of free roadside assistance. Call Ford and make them send a truck to change it.
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No car comes with a useful tire iron any more. Invest $20 in a proper crossbar lug wrench. You'll be glad you did on the day you need it.
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