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It's a shame, it's a really nice tool (self admitted tool whore) and mine is in great shape, just no good for 5 ton lugnuts.The robo impact is good for humvee lugs thats about it. I have a big milwaukee fuel cordless impact that can usually do the lmtv lugs. If they are over torques I have a big ingersoll air gun. But the harbor freight 3/4 air gun does work well. Its a copy of the big ingersoll.
I also bought a nice Precision Instruments 3/4 Drive beam style torque wrench which I learned about on another thread here. View attachment 757035 I guess you could argue whether you need to actually carry it with you but it does have its own case and break down into three pieces which makes it handy. Perhaps I'm anal retentive but I like knowing my wheels are torqued on properly.
Mark properly torqued nut and wheel when in place. When reinstalling wheel; torque back to same mark.The cost of the tool is high and with the Milwaukee M18 fuel you can use the One-Key and have it set real close to the torque specs of the lug nuts. I use my Milwaukee M18 and then double check with my one inch drive Precision beam torque wrench and it is real close to the numbers.
If your referring to the write up on using the Mark Torque method...... specifically said..... several times..... "Properly Torqued" just for the reason of covering your point that the nuts not be torqued properly in the first place. Thus your right then that you still need access to a torque wrench..... just do not need to carry it with you after it is marked.Problem looks like the lug nut has to be torqued the first time to the right specs with a torque wrench. What if the lug nut was never torqued right the first time. Tried and true is the correct torque wrench in my .02
The inaccuracy of even high-quality torque wrenches is severe, and worse when combined with the inaccuracy of the nut torque's relationship with properly preloading the bolt. We're talking +/- 35% on unlubricated bolts ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolted_joint ). Torque wrench, "mark torque method", shaman's vision... all little more than a guess in the right direction.Torque wrenches lose their accuracy when used a lot and or by being jostled around a lot. Thus "Mark Torque Method" in this situation may be more accurate then carrying a torque wrench around with you.
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