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

In a message dated 7/13/2005 9:54:42 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
racuti1@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

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.

Everyone always says the pneumatic impact gun is the most evil thing on  
earth for wheels.  That's because no one understands it.  no one ever  puts a 
wheel on with full strength on the gun.  You buy these things called  torque 
sticks which are made of spun steel.  They attach on the end of the  gun and each 
one is a different value for differing wheel torque amounts. In  fact there is 
a yellow one which is 65 lbs - perfect for DeLorean wheels.   If you use 
these, you put the impact on full tilt, attach the stick, put it on  the lugnut, 
and hammer it home. the stick absorbs the extra torque, making each  lugnut the 
proper tightness.
So, when you see someone 'hammering the crap out of it with an impact',  
chances are he's using a torque stick and is doing no more damage than a manual  
torque wrench. 
They are accurate too - i've verified it with a manual wrench.

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