- Aug 4, 2005
The real smart move is to tell the tyre shop NOT to use an air tool on your wheels! And that is why I watch them like a hawk and if they refuse me entry to the workshop I move on to another tyre shop.The real issue is the possibility of not being able to loosen the wheel nut with the "tool" supplied with the vehicle. The tyre shops and garages use air tools to tighten the nuts and invariable over tighten them through slackness of not checking what the torque setting on the tool is.
Then at the side of the road you find that you cannot get any leverage with the joke of a spanner that came with a car. I carry a length of pipe to get better leverage plus I have a decent wheel spanner.
A smart move is to check whether you can undo a wheel nut when you car is sitting in the drive. Better to sort it out then. That's when I added the length of pipe to my car tool kit!
Aside from buying a torque wrench (not cheap), learn how tight you need to crank the wheel nut at a tyre shop or better still at a buddy's place who as a torque wrench. A guy who has a torque wrench in his toolbox is a serious backyard mechanic. He can advise you.