[DML] Re: "Professional" Mechanics
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[DML] Re: "Professional" Mechanics

On the contrary, I've found great success with several small  
independent shops in the tire category.  In fact, the only times I've  
had problems were when I went to large chains.

In addition to a higher-likelihood of breaking something, there are  
more reasons to avoid using impact wrenches for lug nuts.  Besides  
the chance of not being able to get the lug nut off in the event of a  
flat, impact sockets are thicker than standard sockets and if the  
width of the socket is large enough, it can scrape the paint off of  
your wheel as it zips the lug nut off!

Experiences with various tire shops of all sizes will certainly vary  
wildly, but wherever you go, always insist that tire shops tighten  
and remove the lug nuts by hand to the proper torque.  If they won't  
take the time to do that, then definitely go somewhere else.

Travis Graham

On Jul 14, 2005, at 11:20 AM, dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Sir, I have two lugnuts on my DeLorean that have become too tight
> for me to break loose. Can you put your impact gun on them for
> me? "Sure" he says. The guy spins them loose and promptly
> overtightens them with the pneumatic impact gun. I now have one
> stripped lugnut that I can't get off.
> I do solemnly swear that I will never trust a gas station mechanic
> again as long as I live.

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