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Old 04-12-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Lug nuts

Over my first cup of coffee this morning, it occurred to me that I didn't know if the wrench that comes with the RAV would also work on the lug nuts on the trailer. I went out and bought a decent wrench ( not sure what the correct term is but it's shaped like a cross with four different size sockets ). Of course, now I have to take it back and get the right one. The 13 / 16 socket seems the closest and would work, but I suspect what I need is a 3 / 4" ( which isn't one of the choices ).

I also learned that you need a really short flat-head screwdriver to pry off the hub cap, or some other device designed for the job.

And, when it stops raining, I'm going to have to see if my hydraulic jack is tall enough for the job, without stacking too many chunks of 2 x 6. Question is, where should the jack be positioned?

Hope I never have to change a tire, but if I do, I want to make sure I have the right tools for the job.

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Old 04-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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Re: Lug nuts

Glenn I'm sure that roadside assistance comes with the trailer, just call Tammy
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: Lug nuts

It's not just idle curiosity. Every trip I've ever taken into the Skagit Valley has resulted in a flat on the tow vehicle, tow or both. I think the local tire store in Hope "seeds" the road. Given that it's a 45 minute drive out, I come prepared. Still, there is nothing you can do about the anxiety of driving back to Hope, knowing that you now have no spare.

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OH so you are saying you were beyond hope.
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Re: Lug nuts

Seriously I will have to look into the requirements of my 19, I have lots of hydraulic jacks
will just have to fined one that fits under the trailer.
Maybe Reace or Tammy will post the size of the lug nuts for
us so we carry the right size wrench.
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As the Hope Chamber of Commerce says, "Live in Hope, die in despair".

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I pulled the hubcap again, using a screw-driver 3" long. I think there is a better tool for the job. Something with a keen point and a hook shape at the end. Might make one out of an old screwdriver.

Anyway, I couldn't fit a 3/4" socket over the nut, so 13/16" it is.

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Re: Lug nuts

Hi: gBaglo... This question could ultimately drive you "nuts". Most single size Lug Wrenches have a flatened screwdriver type end with a slight curve to flip off the caps/covers. These wrenches are also used to crank up the Bottle type jacks. They are avail. at Princess Auto etc.
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I like the leverage I get with the "spinner" type ( the cross ), although you can carry a length of pipe to slip over the wrench you describe to obtain more leverage. I find it's less likely to slip off too.

And I now have a bent screwdriver, previously used to open paint cans.

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Hi: gBaglo... This question could ultimately drive you "nuts". Most single size Lug Wrenches have a flatened screwdriver type end with a slight curve to flip off the caps/covers. These wrenches are also used to crank up the Bottle type jacks. They are avail. at Princess Auto etc.
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If you have one you might want to try it and see if it works. With a straight screwdriver I got nowhere. The edge of the hub is recessed in the wheel and the handle of my screwdriver would come up against the tire, preventing me from prying at all. Better to know now if it works or not than at the side of some dark, remote highway.

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