Having a loose or overly tight lug nut in your vehicle is like having the same problem from different mistakes. You see, in both cases, you'll always end up getting in trouble. Loose lug nuts can easily get you into an accident while overly tight nuts will strip the bolt and cause your brake rotor to warp. Both scenarios sound bad, don't they? To prevent these from happening to you, the best thing that you can do would be to check your wheels on a regular basis. Also, you need to make sure that your lug nuts are installed properly.
Lug nuts basically to hold the wheels of your vehicle onto the lug bolts. They keep the tension on the wheels by evenly distributing load and gravitational force every time you drive.
- Steel - Steel lug nuts are solid, strong, and durable, so they'd last for a long time.
- Aluminum - Rust-proof aluminum lug nuts are made lightweight and precise.
When getting a set of aftermarket lug nuts, you need to prepare around $50 or less to.
How to Torque a Lug Nut
Lug nuts come in different sizes, and they also have different torque specifications. To know the torque specification of your vehicle, you'd better consult your car owner's manual.
Tools that you'll need:
- Torque wrench
Step 1: After consulting the owner's manual, get your torque wrench and lock it to the proper setting.
Step 2: Once you've got it locked, tighten each nut to full torque, starting from the upper right nut. Make sure you follow a star-pattern when moving from one nut to another.
How to Loosen a Lug Nut
Over tightening lug nuts can cause the bolts to strip, making them hard to remove when needed. It can also break the wheel studs, which are cumbersome to replace. And aside from that, overly tight nuts can also cause your brake rotor to warp, which can lead to pedal pulsation and increased stropping distance. Avoid these problems at all cost by loosening your lug nuts ASAP. Here's how:
Tools that you'll need:
- Sledgehammer (small)
- Long steel pipe (3 feet)
- Lug nut wrench
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that your vehicle is parked on flat-level surface. Then, set the parking brake on.
Step 2: As soon as the vehicle is secure, spray the lug nuts of your tires with some WD-40 and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This will give the lubricant enough time to penetrate the threads.
Step 3: Once the lubricant has settled, get the wrench and start working on one of the nuts. Attach it to one of the nuts and start turning it counterclockwise.
Step 4: Next, get the steep pipe and slide it over the handle of the wrench. Once it's there, try to turn the nut without extra leverage counterclockwise.
Step 5: Lastly, get the sledgehammer and use it to hit the shaft of the wrench to get the lug nut out.