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Torque Sensing Wheel Bolts

A good practice is to always re-torque your wheel nuts/bolts after taking it
to any wheel/tire shop.  That way you are not stuck in the middle of the
night with the inadequate Audi lug wrench trying to get a bolt off that is
torqued to 548 lb-ft.  I almost stripped a bolt head trying that _once_.

95 A6Q 


Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 22:30:19 -0600 (CST)
From: "Mark L. Chang" <mchang@ece.nwu.edu>
Subject: Re: Garage attendants...

On Thu, 4 Nov 1999, geordie wrote:

> My complaint here is the people who installed my tyres. I have no
> problem with the tyres but with the fact that they cranked my lug bolts
> on way way way too tight. I couldn't take them off with the silly lug
> wrench audi supplies with their coupes, and in my opinion, if that won't
> take them off, what good is my spare tyre?

I just wanted to get this in the clear with people that are wrenches for a
living.  I was told by a local shop that air wrenches/impact wrenches (you
know, the loud cool ones) can have torque-sensing clutches or something
built into them so that they don't overtorque.  Is this true or a load of
BS?  At any rate, I don't think they are so accurate, because I was
changing the brake pads and rotors on my fiancee's Neon and I bent the
sh*t out of her crowbar getting them nuts off.  I had the full-on
vein-popping sweat-beading light-headed-afterwards thing going on as well.

Sheesh.  Torque-sensing my a$$.

                               wind catches lily
                               scatt'ring petals to the wind:
                               segmentation fault
                               -- Nick Sweeney