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Old 06-28-2014, 06:21 PM   #21
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This is what I have always know as a tire iron. One end for lug nuts the other for removing hub caps or popping the bead of the rim.
Yep, that's a lug wrench... but many people have called it a tire iron.

A tire iron is for popping the bead off (or back on) the rim but the sharp end of that tool is unsuitable for that purpose.

I hate those little wrenches that come with most cars. I would only use one if I didn't have my regular tools. I certainly wouldn't buy one to carry it in the trailer. What I bought was a socket and flex (or breaker) handle.
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:29 PM   #22
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I use a telescoping half-inch drive ratchet from Harbor Freight for my Andersen WDH and lug nuts. It collapses enough to fit in a small toolbox and extends an additional six inches for enough leverage to loosen everything (so far, at least). Inexpensive too.
Nice setup
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:59 PM   #23
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Yea, it works well. But in the spirit of full disclosure, I also own an 18" length of 1.5" galvanized pipe to put on the end of it if ever needed.
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I don't recommend a lug wrench. Get yourself a good breaker bar with a u-joint, 1/2" drive, at least 15" long, (to remove the lugs) and a good quality torque wrench (to re-tighten). Also, with quite a few years changing tires, installing brakes, rotors, etc, I've never applied anything to the lugs in order to loosen them. I've never seen a case where a good breaker bar didn't do the trick. Even my wife can do it! (no honey, I am NOT saying you're weak)....
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:18 PM   #25
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Get yourself a good breaker bar with a u-joint, 1/2" drive, at least 15" long, (to remove the lugs) and a good quality torque wrench (to re-tighten).

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I think a breaker bar is redundant unless you're planning on an engine overhaul also

I carry an old torque wrench with the socket already on it. The handle's 19" long and it's easy to apply a 100 foot pounds with it.

I've no use for the lug wrenches with the 4 different sizes. Not only are you carrying 3 useless socket ends, they don't give a torque value and they really don't fit the wheel lug as well as the proper socket.

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My plan is to use my old torque wrench ( the one with the missing gauge needle ) as a breaker bar. Is that daft?
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I think a breaker bar is redundant unless you're planning on an engine overhaul also

I carry an old torque wrench with the socket already on it. The handle's 19" long and it's easy to apply a 100 foot pounds with it.

I've no use for the lug wrenches with the 4 different sizes. Not only are you carrying 3 useless socket ends, they don't give a torque value and they really don't fit the wheel lug as well as the proper socket.

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I agree with you about the four different sizes on the lug wrench, and that a good socket will fit better than a cast iron lug wrench ever will. But, ask any good mechanic, and he'll tell you the quickest way to ruin a torque wrench is to use it as a breaker. They have a life cycle, and once they're done, they're done.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:32 PM   #28
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In answer to the original question...Yes, I removed a wheel while changing a flat. I used a 4-way tire iron and it worked fine. Forty miles later I stopped for a new tire and had the mechanic properly torque the lug nuts.
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My plan is to use my old torque wrench ( the one with the missing gauge needle ) as a breaker bar. Is that daft?

Nope it is broke though be careful it is not as strong as a regular socket wrench of the same size.

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Get yourself a good breaker bar with a u-joint, 1/2" drive, at least 15" long, (to remove the lugs)...
One reason I like flex handle breaker bars is that they pivot as necessary to reach the socket without an extension or U-joint. If you use a sliding T-handle, you'll likely need that joint as well.

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My plan is to use my old torque wrench ( the one with the missing gauge needle ) as a breaker bar. Is that daft?
No, sounds like a great re-use plan to me.
Since is designed to bend (without damage) in use, is it more flexible than a breaker bar would be. That will make it somewhat less effective than a more rigid bar of the same length... but at zero cost and decent length it should be not bad overall.
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