Wheel lug nut torque

twicelow

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Vehicle: '11 Chevy Equinox, 2.4 l engine, disc brakes all around, 17 inch wheels, 7/8" hex lug nuts. The manual says the wheel lug nut torque is 140 lb. ft. At my first tire rotation (10K miles), I was able to loosen the wheel nuts with the tire changing wheel wrench that came with the vehicle. The wrench is pretty puny (maybe 14 inches long). I would venture to say that maybe the nuts were torqued to 100 lb. ft. max. After rotating the tires, I torqued the lug nuts to 100 lb. ft. with my 150 lb. ft. capacity 1/2 " square drive torque wrench. As a test, I had a very hard time trying to loosen them with the vehicle supplied wrench. That's how I arrived at the 100 lb. ft. max. guesstimate. I didn't want to torque to the 140 figure for fear of overtorquing or warping a rotor, etc. Several questions: 1) Is the 140 figure right? 2) If it is, how did it leave the factory with maybe 100? 3) I put on 10k miles without any problems with only 100 lb. ft. from the factory. Did it loosen to 100? 4) If I torque them to 140 lb.ft. and have a flat out in the boonies, how in the world would I ever loosen them with that puny wrench? Do I need to take along my 150 lb.ft torque wrench and a deep 7/8" socket? Any inputs/observation/ideas would be welcome.
 

Jim Fairbanks

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You might have read it wrong....it says 140 NM..or 100 FT. LBS...that is what Alldata shows......hope this helps....Jim
 

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Thanks Jim for the response. I'm looking on page 12-3 of the 2011 Equinox manual that came with the vehicle and it says: 190 N-m or 140 lb ft. Maybe they made a mistake in the manual (it won't be the first time). Because like I said I figured it was around 100, which would track the Alldata figure. It makes more sense, all the cars I have had 100 for the torque. My Class C motorhome (E350 chassis, with 16 inch dualies, does require 140 lb. ft). I'm sure glad I didn't try to torque to 140.
 

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Already bent the hell out of those cheap jack handle socketed wrenches trying to remove lugs nuts on the road. Been a long time bad joke. Sounds like they still are a bad joke.

The next bad joke is the compact spare, only good for 50 miles so watch where you are driving. If that isn't bad enough, looked at a Cruze Eco, no spare at all, just tossed in a can of spray that only works with a pin hole. Asked about buying a spare, was a hundred bucks extra, but only could get it with an automatic transmission that I didn't want. So I didn't buy it, looked at the 2LT in the 2011 models, was only available with an AT, didn't want that either.

2012 2LT's models came with a MT and that compact spare, so purchased one of those, I like having at least something. OnStar is a bad joke also, if any trees are around, we are at 22* satellite reception, and don't get anything if a tree is around, same with XM radio. Wife and I like to go to areas also without cell phone reception. So at least I have a spare, but know if I have to use it, will bend that cheapass jack handle.
 
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