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      11-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Lug Nuts/Torque Wrench help!

I just did my first swap over to winters by hand today. I was doing it over at my parents house and everything went smooth except for the fact that I left my adapter at my condo with my tools. So I used a leveraged bar from my jack on my lug wrench and really tightened the lugs.

On the way home my TPMS lights came on which once I reset, went away (tends to do this when I swap to my winters/summers from 17/18's). No problems there. All pressures were fine.

However, when I got home and set my torque wrench to 88lb/ft I could not get the thing to click and the lug nuts seemed REALLY tight enough to that I was moving the car around considerably.

So my question is:

Does the torque wrench (Mastercraft Maximum 1/2 drive) not click if I have over tightened the lugs by hand? So if I accidentally torqued them to 95 lb/ft by hand and I set my lug wrench to 88 and give it hell, will it not click?

I will be loosening all my bolts tomorrow and torquing them from "not-so tight" to see if this helps.

Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Theres a thread in the Canadian subform about a mastercraft torque wrench not clicking.
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Theres a thread in the Canadian subform about a mastercraft torque wrench not clicking.
My question is however, theoretically if the lugs are already past the torque limit set by the wrench is it technically supposed to click?

So if the nut is at 100 lb/ft and my wrench is set of 50 lb/ft when I try to put force on the nut will the wrench click to say that its over 50? or will it not click because it did not go past 50?

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Yes I believe it should click, mine does even if its over torque. Did you loosen one and re-torque?
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If the nut is tighter than your torque wrenches setting it should click rather easily.
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If the nut is tighter than your torque wrenches setting it should click rather easily.
Thanks. This was exactly the answer I was looking for. Thank you guys.

Also is it normal for the TPMS system to come on when going from 17's to 18's and vice versa (I have the Canadian system which uses the ABS system to measure the rotation of the wheels or something and does not use the actual hard-monitors in the wheels)?

Everytime I swap tires, my TPMS light comes on red and goes away once I re-set/re-calibrate the system.
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Anytime you switch wheels you'll want to reset the system to adapt it to those wheels.
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