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Old 06-29-2004, 01:20   #1 (permalink)
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roll How can I tighten my (BA) nuts?

Given that Ford know that the BA brake rotors are sensitive to wheel stud torque, where does that leave the home mechanic?
Or for that matter what do you do after you have changed a flat tyre on the side of the road?

'Oh dear, I have inadvertantly overtightened my wheel nuts as I didn't have my 135Nm Torque Stick with me'
'Now my brakes will shudder......again'

Ford tell their dealers to only use the official Torque Stick or a calibrated torque wrench.
Calibrated to which standards I wonder.
Is there an ISO or Australian Standard for torque wrenchs?

My torque wrench has markings on the side, but these have never been calibrated against any standard that I know of.

It's all OK though, I can get a flat tyre and then call Ford to come and change the tyre for me can't I?
Then they won't be able to deny warranty liability..............

After they have machined my brakes three times AND they are undersized, up until the warranty expires.

How about, Ford know they have stuffed up, replace all of the rotors and calipers under warranty?
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Re: How can I tighten my (BA) nuts?

It doesnt matter because the boys at the tyre shop will overtighten them for you anyway.
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ford replacing ALL of the rotors and calipers.....i doubt it.
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Q: "How can I tighten my (BA) nuts? "
A: Get your're wife (girlfriend) to apply a squirrel grip!...sorry but I couldn't resist.
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Can I get my wife and girlfriend involved at the same time?


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A: Get your're wife (girlfriend) to apply a squirrel grip!...sorry but I couldn't resist.
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Re: How can I tighten my (BA) nuts?

I will be back in at the dealer later today running over a stable (meaning they can't make it go away) list of outstanding issues prior to upcoming service.

Brakes are back on the list (as are rattles, creaks, seat moving about, trim falling off, internal door handles fouling, air bag warning, rough idle, exhaust resonance, glove box falling open..........................better stop before I get to serious).

Should I ask about the free tyre fitting service during warranty period to ensure studs are not over tightened?

As well as the free wheel rotation (front to rear)?

Or... the free calibrated torque wrench?
(I would accept that as a token effort).
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Can I get my wife and girlfriend involved at the same time?
ROFL....and pissing my pants...Only if you have really large "wheel attachment devices"

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Re: How can I tighten my (BA) nuts?

Just a quick one, most cars are sensitive to wheel nut torque settings. I always use a torque wrench on the race car (MX5) and the street cars (MX5 & Tribute - and will on the soon to arrive XR8!!). You can get them re-calibrated, decent tool stores will have a contact or try to contact the manufacturer. I have even heard of a mobile service. Just don't bother asking Bob Jane to torque them to factory specs!!!
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Re: How can I tighten my (BA) nuts?

I just had a look in my Falcon Owner's Manual in the bit about changing wheels. The only mention of torque is in reference to refitting 'locking' nuts (where fitted). It also tells me I can rotate my tyres.

"Replace the wheel nuts cone side and tighten, first by hand and then using the wrench"

I think I will be the first to place my request with Ford for a replacement 'wrench' that is calibrated as required to carry out this function.

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You can get them re-calibrated, decent tool stores will have a contact or try to contact the manufacturer.
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Norbar is a company here in Adelaide that sell all the torque renches for all the big manufactures in Australia. I have used their torque renches before and found them to be excellent and exact torque settings.

They do calabrations of all torque renches in what ever state you live.
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