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Old 03-11-2002, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default Impact wrench OK with locking security lug nuts?

Just picked up one of those cheapo electric impact wrenches (my brother has one and it is quite powerful) on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cg...tem=1808541102

Just wondering if there will be a problem using it with those Subaru security lugs. They look a little fragile, and I was wondering if the force from an impact wrench would damage the key.

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Old 03-11-2002, 02:15 PM   #3
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Don't use an impact wrench to install any of your lugs, period. You should always torque them by hand using a torque wrench. I suppose an impact wrench is OK to remove regular lugs, but I definitely wouldn't use it on the security lug.
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Yep, sorry I should've been clearer. I was only going to use it to remove the lugs. Sounds like it might strip apart the security key thing though.

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Impacts trash those little weak locking nuts, then again so does a regular lug wrench. Be very careful and do it by hand. The others you can pop on and off with an impact if you know you are not over torquing. I always pop em on with my impact and then go hand torque later.
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Old 03-11-2002, 07:56 PM   #6
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Don't use an impact wrench to install any of your lugs, period. You should always torque them by hand using a torque wrench. I suppose an impact wrench is OK to remove regular lugs, but I definitely wouldn't use it on the security lug.
You can use an impact to tighten if (and only if) you get a set of
torque sockets (don't know the exact name). They are fixed
torque impact socket extensions that are used by (reputable)
mechanics to tighten wheels. They aren't cheap, but not really
expensive either. Sold by Snap-On and others.

Or, you be like me a nd have a lame-ass compressor that can't
flow enough air to get more than about 70lb-ft of torque out of
an impact wrench

As far as impact wrenches and lock nuts, it's a bad idea as others
have pointed out.

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