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Old 08-31-2003, 10:07 AM
JBoggs JBoggs is offline
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Overtorqued the lug nuts?

I had my brakes inspected a few months back by one of those "brake shops" and the guy doing the work seemed to get a kick out of zipping the lug nuts of with his air tool. Noticing this, I asked him to hand torque the nuts when he put them back on. Of course, his answer was that this tool is set for low torque so I shouldn't worry about it. I still insisted that he hand torgue them.

Over the course of the next few days, I noticed a distinct shimmy at braking. It finally got bad enough that I decided to do a brake and rotor job-it was about time anyway.

I practically had to stand on my tire iron to get the lugs off-took me about 10 minutes to get wheel #1 off. I guess the jerk ran them way up then pretended to hand torque them and in the process warped the rotors. I guess they train them that way to create more work for themselves.

Your post implied that you had had some work done recently-I'd check to see if the wheels weren't over tightened.

J. Boggs
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