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Old 02-26-2015, 03:06 PM   #11
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Wow! Thanks 'elder mike', very cool to still be learning at 65.
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:37 PM   #12
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Wow! Thanks 'elder mike', very cool to still be learning at 65.
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I am still learning at 65 myself.
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Old 02-26-2015, 05:46 PM   #13
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I have several torque wrenches but I never use one on lugs...

I recommend always using torque wrenches on lug nuts. The unequal torquing of lug nuts is what causes rotors to warp.
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With rotors it is more important than with drum brakes it seems uneven torque on rotors can warp them from the start ... Myself on the road when I have a flat I am wanting to get the tire on and tight ,but I am not torquing on the roadside with drum brakes on trailer ..... Also with the aluminum rims on some of these trailers make sure if you have an impact socket it will fit inside the lug nut cavity .... One set of trailer rims I have won't allow a thick wall socket or a thick wall 4 way. Just make sure what you have will fit before you find yourself on the roadside without the tool to remove and install you flat tire.... Also depending on who put the tires on you might want to check sometime while your at home base if you can get the lugs loose. I have had shops that just use some gorilla impact to tighten to some 3 or 400 ft lb amount and actually stretch the threads ... Then when you are on the roadside you are not going to get that wheel off .
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I recommend always using torque wrenches on lug nuts. The unequal torquing of lug nuts is what causes rotors to warp.
I agree to an extent. Poor manufacturing processes also lead to rotors warping and nothing you can do will overcome that. What is considered warpage is often stess relief which should have been done before final finishing in the manufacturing process.
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I agree to an extent. Poor manufacturing processes also lead to rotors warping and nothing you can do will overcome that. What is considered warpage is often stess relief which should have been done before final finishing in the manufacturing process.

Talk to any brake parts manufacturer, and he will tell you how vitally important the proper torquing of the wheel (and subsequently the rotor) is to any brake job.
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Wow! Guess I am old school. My torque wrench is a 40 year old Craftsmen which has a pointer that deflects up the 150 ft. lb. scale the harder you pull. No calibration here.
Use it mostly when adjusting the chain tension on the back wheel of the motorcycle.
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Also, remember when storing a torque wrench to back off the tension to the ZERO mark. Most trailers have 13/16 lug nuts on them - I bought a dedicated 13/16 deep socket (YOU NEED A DEEP SOCKET TO CLEAR THE TIRE).

Not always. My torque wrench manual says to store with it set to about 20% of the max. I always put it back to zero until I was glancing through the manual one day and saw that 20% deal. Check the manual for your particular torque wrench to be sure of best practices for storage. I am contemplating buying a beam type torque wrench for lug nuts. If it is pointing to zero then you know it's calibrated.
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Great information for a rookie such as myself. Not just about the torque wrenches but that we need to routinely check the lug nuts on our trailers and TV. Thanks.
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