Torque Wrench Calibration for safer motoring.
Check almost any online motoring forum regarding Torque Wrench Calibration and the need for consistently accurate wheel nut settings for any vehicle and you will find many conflicting opinions.
Some suggest that regular Torque Wrench Calibration and use is not necessary to ensure safe motoring and advise simple wheel wrench checks to ensure the nuts are secure while others strongly advise adhering to the maintenance recommendations set out by all vehicle manufacturers for consistent vehicle safety while on the road.
Whatever your personal opinion is on this very important matter one thing is very clear, vehicle manufacturers and professional engineers do not set and adhere to these Torque Wrench wheel nut adjustment recommendations for fun – it`s an extremely serious matter.
If a wheel nut is not tightened enough it can and will come loose – the potential consequences of this are obvious. If the wheel nuts are over tightened it can, at best, cause instant damage to the thread of the nut and the stud. At worse it can literally break under pressure while driving causing potentially disastrous consequences for any passengers in the vehicle, pedestrians or other road users.
To ensure that your vehicle wheel nuts are set at the correct torque setting you require 2 pieces of equipment – the vehicle manufacturers wheel nut torque settings and a correctly calibrated Torque Wrench. Just as wheel nuts will - over time and without regular maintenance - come loose, the settings on a Torque Wrench will deteriorate. This problem can easily be avoided with professional Torque Wrench Calibration to ensure that you can be confident in your vehicle maintenance adjustments every time.