A tip about VW lug studs

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Old 03-15-07, 01:34 PM
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NEVER use a 3/4 drive breaker bar to tighten the lug studs on a VW. They will break. Did my front brakes today and broke two studs. Luckily a local nationwide chain was able to take out the 2 broken studs and replaced them for $40 plus tax. Thank goodness!!! It drove me nuts driving 20 mph.
 
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Old 03-15-07, 01:42 PM
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At least it sounds like you are still dollars ahead on the brake job...er, break job?
 
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Old 03-15-07, 02:00 PM
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Heck yes!! Pads werer $27 for semi-mets with lifetime warrantee plus the $44 for lug stud fixing comes to $71. The mechanic told me he got $180 for changing pads and resurfacing rotors on a Jetta like mine. Cash saved $109!!! Cool! More money I can send to Citibank.
 
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Old 03-15-07, 02:08 PM
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You could have saved yourself $40 and take those studs out in about 10 mins. :-p
 
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You did what? and your telling?

3/4" What where you thinking?!, how did the poor thing not flip over? A 1/2" would have done mate.Man even a 3/8 drive would have done the job.WOW.
Hey But thanks for the chuckle.
 
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Old 03-21-07, 09:49 AM
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I couldn't have taken them out myself since I don't have the knowledge of how to do this. I got the 3/4 drive bar at a surplus store locally and put a 3/4 to 1/2 adapter on it and have a 1/2 drive 17mm socket on that. I never had this problem before with that bar for tightening lug nuts on a truck. I found that the factory lug wrench is very adequate for my purposes since I do not take the car drag racing. However, like several of us, I have the right foot that should go on a diet. Normal highway speed for me is in the 85-90 mph range provided someone does not have their thumb up their nose (polite version) going the speed limit or less in the left lane.
 
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Old 03-21-07, 03:13 PM
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Follow proper torque specs putting on lug nuts. Over tightening them can cause as much damage as undertightening them.
 
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Old 03-21-07, 06:27 PM
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it's not the size of the bar, it's the driver using the bar that breaks things.

Obvioulsy a 3/4" drive anything is goint to be longer than 1/2" stuff so it is easier to apply too much torque but ultimately it is the user that over does it.

depending in the year of the car the torque seems to be either 80 or 90 lb/ft of torque. Doesn;t take much pressure with a bar 2 feet long to hit that.

It sounds as if a torque wrench would be a good idea for you.
 
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Old 03-28-07, 09:16 AM
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I am 6'5" and about 235 lbs. I have been called an ox.
 
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