great - now he's going to be using air tools on his lug nuts and coming
back here bleating about how his brakes disks are "warping" every 5k miles.
to the o.p. - do NOT use air tools to tighten your lug nuts. fasten
with a torque wrench only, in the correct sequence, with a 2 or more
stage tightening process.
That was my initial thought, but then I remembered I use an impact wrench to
remove the lug nuts - faster than other methods. Heck, I even use it on a
reduced setting to put them on and it still leaves a turn or so before the
torque wrench clicks. It's always mandatory to use impact sockets on an
impact wrench because of the risk of shattering a regular socket even at
"You can't try a few non-impact sockets to see what fits? "
LOL.........well thats pure laziness, I just figured i'd check here
I was only doing this in order to get my lug nuts off...........I'm
not going to hammer em back on, I know the score on warping rotors.
Um, I would have thought trying a few non-impacts on your own would be
classed as FUN.
Don't you enjoy just moseying around your vehicle, doing little idle
nothings just to make yourself feel good, and coincidentally enjoying the
smells of the car, and the sounds of the engine cooling off?
No? Then you're not a "hobby" type owner. Let somebody else do your wheel
I love doing that stuff but where I recently moved into a very large
apartment building, it's hard to do work on your car........my tools
are difficult to get down the stairs.
I'm an aircraft mechanic by trade........don't worry about what kind
of "owner" I am.
Hey, I just thought of something: if you can't check the wheel nut size
with a non-impact socket because you live in an apartment bulding that
prohibits working on your car, HOW WILL YOU USE AN IMPACT SOCKET TO WORK
ON THAT SAME CAR? Where would you legally plug the gun in and use it?
The answer is, that you must be a thief...
Or that he is using a 12V impact gun. I consider it a luxury, but there is a
market. Or perhaps he does the work in the hangar he uses for his job...
most of the A&Ps I've known brought their cars in to work where there is a
nice compressor and lots of smooth floor and his tool box (he doesn't bring
that home at night, I bet.) If the sockets are where he works and the car is
at home it wouldn't be terribly convenient to check the size that way
Talking about tools and airplanes reminds me of an incredible story.
I think it was on public tv years ago.
They has a series on quality control worldwide.
In one story, one of the major contractors for the air force was given
notice that they might lose their contract to build a particular plane.
They were always slow, poor quality, and over budget. So the company
brought in an expert to figure out how to fix the problem.
Now this was incredible. Turns out that whenever they pulled out a
blueprint to build part of the plane, the first thing they did was spend 3
or 4 days hunting for all the necessary tools. The quality expert had them
buy a cabinet for tools for each component. Problems solved.
Many years ago, when I was in high school I worked nights at a dept store.
One of my older coworkers was an airplane mechanic and worked at the dept
store as a second job. It always bothered me that an airplane mechanic, on
whom lives depended, worked a second job. I wanted him wide awake at his
Aircraft mechanics get paid garbage wages and work garbage
shifts...........Its so bad, i'm going to leave the industry as soon
as I get a chance. Being responsible for so many people and getting
paid 22 bucks an hour while working nightshifts every night just ain't
worth it to me.
And yes, all my sockets are at work.........and its a big deal for me
to take tools home because our toolboxes are checked weekly for
missing items by the Quality Assurance department. If I have a missing
tool, it is assumed it was left on an airplane and its a huge fuss.
I can work on my car a little bit in the parking lot in this building.
I just wanted to know the nut size so I could go down and get an
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