Ever worry how to tighten lug nuts in cars? Don’t fret because here is a guide to help you complete your task as easy as it can be. You may think that changing tires and rotating wheels are easy tasks to do. But the most important thing you need to consider when doing these tasks is to be able to tighten the lug nuts properly. Before you even start thinking of changing or rotating wheels, the first thing you’ll need to learn is how to tighten lug nuts in cars. It’s actually not that difficult and all you’ll need to do this task is a torque wrench and a jack. Here is a step by step instruction to help you do it.
- Before you start your day’s task, make sure to have the right torque wrench for your wheels. Check out your car’s manual and you will be able to see what kind of wrench should be used on your wheels. Make sure to have the wrench and keep it in your car’s trunk. Make sure to have it in your car at all times. You’ll never know when you’ll get a flat tire and may need to replace it with your spare tire until you get to a shop and purchase a replacement.
- Once you have the right torque wrench, next thing you need to do is to jack up your car. You will need a jack to do this. Again, if possible, make sure to have one in your car in case of emergency. It’s not that expensive to buy and will greatly help you when the time comes. At the same time, if you love doing car projects, then you definitely need to have one.
- Now it’s time to put the wheel on. If you have snap-on hubcaps, then the lug nuts need to go first before the hubcaps.
- When putting back the lug nut, place one lug nut on one bolt as you gently turn it with your fingers. You don’t have to use any other tool to do this so as to not put any pressure on the wheel.
- Next, continue placing back the lug nuts to the bolts one at a time in a star-shape pattern such that you don’t work on the next immediate right or left of the lug nut you just worked on. Remember to tighten the lug nuts gently so as to not pressure the wheel. At the same time, don’t tighten the lug nuts just yet. You’ll have to put all of them in position before you start tightening.
- Once all the lug nuts are in place, go back to the first lug nut and tighten it as much as you can. Make sure to just use your hand. Again, work on the rest in a star-shape pattern.
- Now, lower your car such that it is already putting its weight on the wheel.
- Now, using your torque wrench, tighten the lug nuts with moderate pressure. As you have done early on, work in a star-shape pattern.
- Lastly, go back to the first lug nut and tighten it again with full pressure, using your torque wrench. Do the same to the rest by going to the next lug nut in a star-shaped pattern.