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Old 28th November 2020, 20:12   #1
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Default Impact wrench for emergency wheel removal

Having suffered a tyre blowout when I was unable to remove just one wheel nut, I decided that an impact wrench would be worthwhile. Rather than risk the battery being flat when needed (Yes, I know; check it regularly) I wondered about one powered from the car's battery. Does anyone have experience of this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/18405238220...7df09521f4b407 or reccomend any other?
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Old 28th November 2020, 20:24   #2
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I would think just by looking at that it would be unlikely to get you out of a jam at the side of the road.


You would probably be better off with something like this LINK along with one of THESE.


I never rely on the factory toolkit with it's pressed steel box spanner to undo wheel bolts, even if you are fastidious and add anti seize grease to the bolts, it is sometimes difficult, if not impossible to undo them.


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Old 28th November 2020, 20:43   #3
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If you always torque your own wheelbolts and put a smear of Copaslip on the wheel contact points you'll have no problems whatsoever when you need to remove them.
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If you always torque your own wheelbolts and put a smear of Copaslip on the wheel contact points you'll have no problems whatsoever when you need to remove them.
I have been doing that for years Mike, prevention is better than cure!
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I know the feeling all to well over the years, even standing on a bar refuses to move them, When I got my Rover, got my mate to go round every bolt with an impact gun to loosen them ,I followed and nicked them up with a wheel brace

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I am not saying this is any good but as they are uk based you may find it eaier to return if you have a problem

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cir1...MaAuTWEALw_wcB

also this
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liftmaster-.../dp/B0036YHBMM

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I am not saying this is any good but as they are uk based you may find it eaier to return if you have a problem

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cir1...MaAuTWEALw_wcB


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I've had one of those impact guns (bought it for my dad for his Volvo) and they are pretty good for wheel nuts, plus I used a few time on other things - handy if you need to remove the nut on something that rotates and is difficult to hold, may have been a alternator pulley nut or something. Think I had it nicked from the car or garage though.
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Personally prefer a breaker bar - had a good quality one for years.
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Got one of these with a 5AH battery, great bit of kit and very versatile:

https://www.sgs-engineering.com/r18i...iABEgL6jPD_BwE
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I'd buy a torque wrench and make sure all the bolts are set to 125 nm as per the handbook. No need to struggle removing over tightened bolts then !

A few years ago I attended a loose wheel on a van on the side of the A1 that had just had a new tyre fitted an hour before. The driver described the van as suddenly wandering all over the road before pulling over. On arrival I noticed the wheel leaning over and on inspection found three of the bolt heads sheared off and lost somewhere on the road with the remains left in the hub. The last two were bent and ready to snap. The mechanic had told the driver he had tightened the bolts as tight as he could so there was no fear of the wheel coming off ! If the wheel had come off it would have probably bounced over the central reservation and through someone's windscreen !
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