Originally Posted by Arctic Bos'un
1. It would seems easy to over-torque a wheel that is already properly torqued, if one simply adjusts the clicker for the specified setting and proceeds through the three torque setting stages.
No. That won't over torque lug nuts.
2. It would seem that the only way to assure a proper torque setting is to:
a. Jack the trailer up to lift the wheel off of the ground.
b. Loosen the lug nuts, before,
c. Commencing the three-stage torque procedure.
Yes. That procedure would produce properly torqued lug nuts.
Simply applying a torque wrench to wheels that may already be properly torqued or near torque specifications seems imprudent. I’m trying to apply logic to a process that I've never experienced.
I will very much appreciate your experienced recommendation.
The Artic Bos'un
Here's another process that will yield properly torqued lug nuts with a bit less work:
Pick one lug nut. Loosen it. Then torque that same lug nut to 3/4 of the recommended torque (75ft lbs if 100ft lbs is the recommended amount). Following the 'star pattern' do the same loosen & torque for all of the other lug nuts. Now set the torque wrench for 100ft lbs and follow the star pattern (starting with any lug nut to choose) and torque all of the lug nuts to 100ft lbs.
The added benefits of this process is that...
1) if someone over torqued a lug nut, it will be corrected.
2) if you cannot remove the a lug nut, you will know it (better now than on a trip).
I've done this every time someone I didn't know/trust installed wheels on my vehicles.