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Old 04-04-2015, 09:16 AM   #41
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lug nuts

If you have any experience with old, prior to 1967 VW's you would know not to over tighten or to have unequal torque or you would distort the brake drum. I was careful and went across the bolt pattern using what ever wrench those Germans gave me to use. Worked fine for ever, well 30 to 40 years. When working for NASA on a convair 990 I broke a #10 an bolt with a 4" 1/4 drive ratchet. The an stock was checked and there were so many failures that we switched to NAS stock. All of our torque wrenches were checked frequently but we didn't use them for every bolt, too slow. Just for the important ones. I do use my torque wrenches for engine components, but thats about all. Guess I'll get my tire tool out and check the lug nuts, not sure If I ever have.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:17 AM   #42
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Dave, you may want to check those lug nuts.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:42 AM   #43
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You still have the touch. I checked the torque when we go home, very even all around. I packed the bearings last August, towed about 5000 miles last fall and they really would not have to have been packed before I left. I just checked them this week, they were fine, I checked the brake linings, well over half left, set tire pressure to 48 all around, and retorqued the wheels. I'm set to roll now. I did have to take out a small bank loan to replace all the batteries in the LED light fixtures. See you in Canada, I've got something for you to look at.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:42 PM   #44
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13/16
same as your Toyota
13/16" is 20.6 mm, which is pretty close to the 21 mm of my Toyota. Not close enough for me, except in an emergency.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:08 PM   #45
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I just visited the local Harbor Freight store (4/4/2015):
In the suspension and brake tool aisle (not the tool aisle) they have a
lug nut socket kit, w/a set of sockets for all the standard lug nut sizes (eng. and metric) and a 3" or 4" ½" drive extension. All for about $15.
If I hadn't bought sockets and an extension 2 weeks ago, I'd have gotten it.
(Yeah, I know HF tools are junky, but there's enough metal in these to
accomplish the occasional assigned task!)
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:11 PM   #46
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I just visited the local Harbor Freight store (4/4/2015):
In the suspension and brake tool aisle (not the tool aisle) they have a
lug nut socket kit, w/a set of sockets for all the standard lug nut sizes (eng. and metric) and a 3" or 4" ½" drive extension. All for about $15.
If I hadn't bought sockets and an extension 2 weeks ago, I'd have gotten it.
(Yeah, I know HF tools are junky, but there's enough metal in these to
accomplish the occasional assigned task!)
AND, Harbor Freight has a 25% off coupon good online or instore, only for tomorrow. So, you can get it cheaper still. Harbor Freight Tools – Quality Tools at Discount Prices Since 1977
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:16 PM   #47
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would any of those fit the water heater plug?
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:50 PM   #48
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Do most of you really loosen the lug nuts, then re-tighten? I've always just tested to see if they got loose by simply re-applying torque in the tightening direction.

With my last trailer axle replacement (for a boat that I subsequently hauled up to Alaska) I had new hubs, new wheels, new nuts, everything. I stopped at 50 miles and got almost a full turn on every nut! THAT opened my eyes! I got another half turn a couple hundred miles later, and a quarter turn after that. Subsequent checks showed they were tight, maybe one or two got an eighth turn or so.

But I wasn't loosening first, just tightening some more. The whole process of loosening, while wheel has load on it, just doesn't seem right. When I put the wheels on in the first place, I had the wheel suspended, and could make sure that I put even torque all the way around, got them pretty snug, then lowered that side to load up the wheel before final torque.
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:56 PM   #49
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The only time I loosen is when I'm taking the wheel off.

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Old 04-04-2015, 07:57 PM   #50
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OK, enough talk, time for some action

Since I've gone a couple of thousand miles or more since I last checked them I thought that it might be interesting to re-check them.

Checked the first one with my cheapie torque wrench, readings were good, then checked with a higher level wrench and the readings were still all good. Out of 20 lug nuts 2 almost imperceptibly moved.

It looks to me that once the initial re tightening is done and things are well seated that the need to re-check them goes down. Certainly I've had other trailers that went for years without me checking.

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