A torque wrench is a necessity for changing a tire. Improperly torqued lug nuts can cause expensive brake problems and also break wheel studs.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2009
Consult your owner's manual or a shop manual and set your torque wrench to one-half the recommended torque
Lock in the proper torque.
Reset the wrench and tighten each nut to full torque. Move the socket from one nut to the next in a
Did you know there’s a right and a
wrong way to tighten lug nuts?
Most people think “tighter is better.”
Not true. Overtightening lug nuts is the
No. 1 cause of brake rotor lateral runout
(warp). Warped rotors cause pedal
pulsation and can increase your stopping
distance. Overtightening is also a
great way to break wheel studs. The
stud itself doesn’t cost much, but
the labor to press out the old stud and
insert the new one can be significant.
Spin the lug nuts on by hand. Never
coat the stud with grease, oil or antiseize.
Lower the jack only enough to
bring the tire into contact with the road. Tighten each nut to one-half of
the specified torque. Then lower
the vehicle completely and
tighten each nut to full torque.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
The only tool you need is a torque wrench.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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