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Old 05-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Torgue lbs for lug nut?

My searching is sucking today.

Also, never really used one in all my years of working on my cars. Figured it was time. How do i take care of it? Do i store it un-wound? The handle goes 0 2 4 6 8, then up the shaft it says the lbs's of torque by 10. So do I put the 0 on it?

Just trying to understand. THanks.


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Old 05-08-2013, 09:48 AM   #2
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Lug nut tq is 95 ft/lb

Store the tq wrench at 0 in the case, in a place where it will not be dropped or fall.

When setting the tq place the 0 on the setting, or in this case the 4 or the 6 to get around 95 ft/lb
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Moved to Wheels Tires Brakes, you should get more views and response here.
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SkyPilot's got the right answer for ya!

To expand on it, each turn of the handle equals one division on the shaft. 2,4,6,8,0 = 10 so after one turn you would be at 10 ft/lb. and the top of the collar would be at the first line up from zero on the shaft.

Nine turns up & continue until the 4 lines up = 94 ft./lb..

Storage at 0 removes tension from the spring, so it won't "sack" (loose tension) from constant compression and change the calibration of the wrench.

In regular use (like a production setting) they need recalibration over time. For a home mechanic using it occasionally & stored at 0 it's not a real issue.

Linking it to someone's beam type torque wrench would be a quick home method of checking calibration, since that type doesn't need to be calibrated as a rule...

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OK Thanks. The one I bought looks like it may have been returned. It was wound up to 80 LBS. Should I be concerned?

It is a lifetime warranty. Just curious.
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Wouldn't be concerned, the objective is to avoid leaving it "wound up" in the tool box all the time. These things sit for years with only occasional use by the typical home mechanic. If someone used it once then returned it (not uncommon) it likely sat that way for a month B4 getting sold again...
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I had a friend that left his wound up to around 85 for a year because he didn't know any better. We used his to put his wheels on then tested it with mine and it was fine, maybe off a pound or two but still works good. He knows better now and it won't happen again, but the wrench won't become useless from leaving it set. Always a good idea to take it back to zero though.
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I always take mine back to 0 when I'm done using it, especially since it's an O'Reilly house brand torque wrench. Luckily, there's no real danger in over-torquing your lug nuts; most shops blast them on and off with an impact gun anyway. More delicate suspension things, though, you'll want to be a little more careful.
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You can screw lugnuts easy with impact guns for sure. See it happen all the time. Especially at autox. Snapped lugs, stretched lugs and cross threaded lugs that won't come off without a grinder lol. Will never use an impact gun on lugs myself. Torque wrench or regular is the only way for me.
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Yeah my tire shop uses a impact but on a lower setting, then for last ~2 turns use the torgue wrench to get it exact.
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