Can I use a Torque Wrench to Tighten the Lug Nuts?

Can I use a Torque Wrench to Tighten the Lug Nuts?

It would help if you change a tire on the other side of the road yourself. So how do you tighten lug nuts 12x1.5 without a torque wrench? Okay, that could sound like the beginning of a scary B-movie, but it could be a real situation. I don't know anyone who keeps a torque wrench in the glove box, but I know a few people who do. That might be because, in the past, tyre irons were often included with full-size spares from car companies.

How to Use Some Other Tool

A whole couple of tools work the same way as an acceleration wrench to tighten lug nuts. Then choose the right size socket on a crossbar tyre iron, but rather tighten if your arms are strong enough. If not, stand somewhat on the upper edge of the tyre iron and turn the lug nut left to right to tighten it. I should point out that your tyre iron doesn't have to be a 4-way crossbar type.

Using a Low cross Tire Iron to Change a Tire

Taking Off Lug Nuts

  • If you are very light, you could need to put a little more force on the bar to bounce with a good weight loosely.
  • Take off the wheel nuts.
  • Lift the automobile.
  • Pick the right size socket and put it on the lug nut.
  • Turn the tyre iron counterclockwise with both hands. If you can't unscrew the lug nuts with your arms, walk upon the left side of something like the tire iron, using your body weight. Be careful here. Don't lose your balance!

Changing a Tyre

  • Bring the car back down to earth.
  • Tighten thus every nut in order with the tyre iron once more. Always use your hands and only tighten each one a little at a time. Don't tighten one to the extent you can, and then move on to the next.
  • Put your car's spare tyre on.
  • Make the lug nuts as shut as you can with your fingers.

Extending a Breaker Bar to Change a Tyre

If you don't have a torque wrench, I already told you about a few more tools that can be used to tighten lug nuts. One is the tyre iron we discussed above, in addition to a breaker bar that can be stretched out. Even the stubborn lug nuts can be taken off with the right amount of torque from a breaker bar.

Taking Off the Tyre

  • Stretch the bar as far as you can without it touching the ground. This makes the force and torque bigger.
  • Place the socket somewhat on lug nuts and pull them off.
  • Lift the automobile.

Changing a Tyre

  • Reduce the length of the breaker bar until it is at its shortest.
  • As hard as you can, tighten the lug nuts.

When you shorten the bar, you tend to have less force and torque, so you won't be able to tighten the nuts too much.


So now you know how to take off your lug nuts without a torque wrench or tighten them back up. And that you should still have a professional or someone using a torque wrench check them out later. It also works the other way around. If you can't bring a jar lid on your own, it's likely obvious that you'll never be able to tighten the lug nuts enough yet to maintain your wheel.