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    Posted: 23 Aug 2018 at 5:31pm
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The lugs are 3/4 inch.  buy a deep inpact socket and a long 1/2 inch drive handle.  A small floor jack is what I pack along.  A torque wrench is a good idea to have {1/2 inch drive)  90  to 100 pounds of torque.  Check the torque after a couple of 100 miles
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 5:02am
Originally posted by coopercdrkey




I have a torque wrench and a deep socket that works well for tightening the lugs to spec.  Is it OK to use it to remove the lug nuts as well, or am I likely to damage the wrench?
(Answering my own question)-  Most articles on the topic indicate that if a nut (bolt) will not loosen with the maximum torque setting another tool should be used to avoid damage to the wrench.



I’m not sure if using the torque wrench to remove lugs would damage it but if you use it, set the torque well above the specified torque (100) lbs. I can’t see how it could hurt it if you set it at lets say 150.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 8:45am
My understanding is that if you are using a torque wrench to remove tight lug nuts, you run the risk of damaging the cogs inside and getting it out of calibration. A breaker bar is much better for this purpose since it does not need to be calibrated. Tightening a torque wrench to above the stated torque would not necessarily prevent getting it out of calibration.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 9:06am
You may be correct but they are designed to torque in both directions. So setting it higher shouldn’t hurt it if you don’t reach the set torque.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 3:47pm
+1 to SH. Spot on.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 4:56pm
I stopped at Harbor Freight today and picked up a folding 4 way lug wrench; easy to pack and good to have in case. Not the quality of tool that I'd use all day/every day in a shop but perfectly adequate to live in my Pod toolkit and (hopefully) never get used. $10.99.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Aug 2018 at 5:09pm
Let me know how that works on a 100 lb torque. You must be young:)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 2018 at 4:46pm
Harbor Freight is your friend here. If you ever had to break the torque off a 100 pd lug nut you'll be glad your bought a cheap four way lug wrench from them. Or better go buy a cheap breaker bar and torque wrench from them and while your at it get a cheap 3 ton bottle jack. Then go shop around at your local FLAP (friendly neighborhood auto parts) store for a cheap short extension and appropriate deep well socket, unless you can somehow find these cheaper at HF.  You now have the perfect tire changing kit!
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