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Old 04-23-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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What should lug nuts be torqued to?
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:01 PM   #2
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Tighten with your crank lug wrench so you can get them off on the side of the road. Don't ask me how I know!
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:09 PM   #3
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50 lb/ft
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:11 PM   #4
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common sense and recheck them after some use
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:39 PM   #5
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as said , use your lug wrench so you can get them off ....
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:16 PM   #6
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Thank you guys!
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:46 PM   #7
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Lubed of not?

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Old 04-24-2015, 06:35 AM   #8
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Never lube lug nuts. Just clean off with a wire brush.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:07 AM   #9
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I always put grease on the threads and bevel. That way they don't rust tight and will come off when I need to remove them. Lately I've had to change a lot of flats on my trailers. These newer tires sure dry rot quickly.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #10
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I always put grease on the threads and bevel. That way they don't rust tight and will come off when I need to remove them. Lately I've had to change a lot of flats on my trailers. These newer tires sure dry rot quickly.
i use a tad of never-seize
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:00 AM   #11
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Never seize has worked well for me too. Friend had a flat on his car trailer, he tore up the threads and had to replace the hub (no lube on threads). I have had a flat on cars and trailers, never had a problem hot or cold.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:47 AM   #12
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always check that the lug nuts don't protrude through the back of the wheel mounting holes,some lug nut holes are badly worn oversize.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:42 AM   #13
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I too use never-seize. If I don't have access to it then they get oil or grease.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:19 PM   #14
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Standard torque nowadays for a 1/2" fine thread lug nut is 100 ft. lb. I think Ford's steel alloy back then was as good as today's, and 50 ft. lb., to me, may let the wheel 'fret' a little and work its way loose. Borrow a torque wrench if you don't have one and torque a few lug nuts to 100 ft. lb., then loosen with the crank handle or whatever you normally use. See how it goes.
P.S. Harbor Freight has torque wrenches for $9.99 with a coupon from a magazine ad. I've tested them with an electronic torque gauge and they are within a pound or so at 100 ft. lb.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:21 PM   #15
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Do NOT Torque to 100# But then it is your car/hubs.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:26 PM   #16
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DANGER - INCOMING GEEK ALERT!!!

Just for fun, I chucked my lug wrench (normal Model A size) onto the digital torque meter here at work. Leaned on her like I was loosening a lug nut and measured darn close to 50ft-lbs. I could have pulled harder, but never remember doing so to loosen a wheel.

So for me, 50ft-lbs sounds good.

Always good advice to check prior to a drive.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:44 PM   #17
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Do NOT Torque to 100# But then it is your car/hubs.






That can't be stressed enough ! These wheels have staying put/on for over 80 years at 50#.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:47 PM   #18
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I would imagine 100ft-lbs would just wallow thru the wheel....

Here we come a wallowing thru the wheel so tacoma cream,

(somebody fill in next line... and no alcohol was not involved!)
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:18 PM   #19
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do,da do,da
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now I think alcohol WAS involved
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