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Old 10-16-2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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Tires removal

Where do you recommend to get a torque bar to check the torque and adjust after removing tire. Approximate cost ?


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Old 10-16-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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Some people will probably flame me for this- I use a 1/2" drive clicker torque wrench from Harbor Freight. On sale less than $20.00

For all the naysayers out there: I have the same wrench at home. I've built over 100 engines using this wrench and have had ZERO failures.
BadDog, just make sure to release all the pressure by returning the wrench to zero when not being used.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:42 PM   #3
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I use the same one and agree with chuckster.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:15 PM   #4
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yep - surprising and shocking as it might seem ... torque wrench from Harbor Fright seems to be a winner.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:05 AM   #5
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I use a Craftsman wrench, but any torque wrench is acceptable. I used to calibrate torque wrenches, have seen many different makes and models, it was rare for one to be out of spec. In fact, I only remember 1 out of hundreds that was ever out of spec. For most, specs are + or - 2 ft lbs.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:36 AM   #6
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Tekton also makes a nice one... $40
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:56 AM   #7
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So does Snap-On...if you're lucky enough to find one at a pawn shop. My bro-in-law is getting a HF version for Christmas, which will blend in nicely with his assortment of tools, yet work well when more accuracy than the "velvet elbow" is required.
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Old 10-17-2014, 12:21 PM   #8
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HF version of Torque wrench

Harbor Freight has coupons for their torque wrenches for $9.99. Much better than the beam type I used for many years.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:14 PM   #9
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Tires removal

Yep one nay sayer here. I thought the HF deal was good too. But it would never set. no matter how many times I tried to get it to work. NOW is a garage queen. Used as a wheel chock. Sears has them now for 40 and I tested my new one along the HF. Hf still won't work.
The only thing I get from HFis glue, tape and cheep flash lights.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:59 AM   #10
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Take it back and get another one. Even though I wouldn't buy one for myself, there are many here who swear by (not at) the HF torque wrench.
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:10 AM   #11
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If you stop by a garage they will usually torque them for you. I don't necessarily always use a torque wrench. You can hand tighten them as long as you get them tight and even. The torque wrench popularity came out when people over tightened aluminum wheels with an air gun causing damage to the wheels.
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:34 AM   #12
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I bought a torque wrench from Menards $20, were talking lugnuts only. I just keep it in the camper. If it gets lost or stolen no big deal. Now I do have some nice wrenches in my shop.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:03 AM   #13
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I have one from HF in my pickup for the truck and RV and have no issues with it. The "quality" feel isn't quite like the Craftsman I have in my garage but it does the job just fine and cost a lot less.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:40 AM   #14
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Any torque wrench is better than the "four way" wrench or holding an impact wrench on the nut for a count of five.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:05 AM   #15
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You can find torque wrenches & the correct sockets at any auto parts store. They are not expensive. Do it right and save a lot of time and money in the future.

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Old 01-03-2016, 05:36 AM   #16
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I don't carry a torque wrench. If I had a tire problem on the road I would just tighten the lug nuts with as breaker bar and go to a tire shop and have them torqued. Have to go there anyway to replace a tire or have one fixed anyway.
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I don't carry a torque wrench. If I had a tire problem on the road I would just tighten the lug nuts with as breaker bar and go to a tire shop and have them torqued. Have to go there anyway to replace a tire or have one fixed anyway.
Both my first and current TTs have pained wheels. Since the wheel manufacturers don't remove the paint from the lug nut contact points I need to check them each trip.

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Old 01-03-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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Tbos, can I ask you where or how you determined that if you have painted wheels that the lug nuts should be replaced every trip?
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That should read "rechecked" every trip. (Maybe I should proofread every post?)
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Tbos, can I ask you where or how you determined that if you have painted wheels that the lug nuts should be replaced every trip?
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That should read "rechecked" every trip. (Maybe I should proofread every post?)
Actually, the Keystone Owner's Manual states this:

"Pre-Trip Maintenance
Always remember
• Check lug nut torque before every trip. Keystone RV recommends this maintenance procedure to ensure
proper torque has been applied to lug nuts before heading out on the road.
• Lug nuts should be torqued to 110-120 ft/lbs (140-150 ft/lbs on hubs using a 9/16” stud).
• Always follow the appropriate star pattern as indicated in these instructions or in your axle
manufacturer’s owner’s manual to assure proper torque."

I suppose someone "could" define the term, "before every trip" in several ways. Would it mean, before you leave home? and does that include "before you return home? or if you check "before you leave home" and stay overnight, is that different than if you winter in Arizona, do you need to check them after your 5 month stay? or not until you "get back home and decide to leave again" ??

While I was working on aircraft, the only torque that was "true" was when the "torqued surfaces" were "metal to metal" (any paint, dirt, oil, grease or foreign substance altered the reliability of the torque).

So, torqueing a painted surface would not give the same "reliability" as torqueing a "metal to metal" surface.

It's pretty much "up to the individual" to determine "when "leaving for a trip" occurs, but for me, as a part of my "walk around pre-trip" I drag out the torque wrench and hit all 24 lug nuts on the trailer. Occasionally, but certainly not "every time" I find one or more that move enough to consider them as "under-torqued"... Doing this makes me "feel better" about towing. I'm sure there are a large number of people who would "scoff" at my concerns. There are RV'ers who have never even looked at their lug nuts, don't know if they have 4, 5, 6 or 8 on each wheel and have no idea if their lug nuts have ever seen a wrench of any kind, much less a torque wrench.

So..... To each his own.
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