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Old 06-09-2009, 08:25 AM
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Thumbs down I cant get my Tires/ Wheels off

So, I had a tire place put my tires and wheels on a couple years ago.
I'm wanting to touch up my calipers and drums but cant unscrew the lug nuts.

I called the tire place and they said it should be professionally taken off with a gun(torque wrench i think?). What am I supposed to do if i get stuck on the side of the road and all I've got is a 4 way?!!


Is it ok for them to loosen it and I just hand tighten it? Or does everyone except me have a torque wrench to take the lugs off? lol
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:56 AM
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sounds to me like they made them a tad bit too tight. i mean..i get mine done at Discount Wheel and Tire *if you have those in GA* and i took mine of with the thing supplied our trunk.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:24 AM
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take it back, give them shit! the lugs are supposed to be torqued, and when they are, tthey can be pulled off with the tire iron
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:38 AM
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When my grandpa changed my breaks, he said the wheels were pretty tight and he kinda had to beat them off, and he ended up putting some oil on the wheel and sanded some of the rust off, so now they're fine.
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thats too tight. you should be able to do it with a breaker bar, or lug wrench. I mean what if you got a flat, you're not expected to call them for that.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:05 AM
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shop access ftw... that suck's tho sounds almost like they could possibly be cross threaded
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Thank you guys!

And I'm not some wimp either lol
I workout on a daily basis, so, they are deff on there tight.

After I take them to loosen the lugs, do i just put them back on as tight as i can when I'm done?
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:17 PM
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well see the wheels have a recommend torque to put them on with and they're SUPPOSED to put them to that spec...correct me if im wrong please cuz im by no means an expert. but they def. put them on too tight cuz like snake said, what if ur stuck in bum f*ck egypt and can't get ur tire off?
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i have an electric impact wrench if you need it
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:01 PM
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like others have said, TAKE IT BACK TO THEM! someone got carried away with the impact gun.
if its that tight you could break a wheel stud trying to loosen them. then your really ****ed if trying to change on the side of the road.
i torque mine to 85 ft lbs. not sure if thats what gm recommends, but for passenger cars thats about in the middle. and my wheels have never come off. and living in a snow zone, i change my wheels at least twice a year.
torque wrench is a good investment. and dont cheap out when buying tools.
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