Like a new pair of shoes, wheels take a bit of time to break in and to fit their vehicle properly.
When selling a customer a new set of wheels, the service work does not end when he or she leaves the lot with the new fitments. The connection of those new wheels to the vehicle needs to be checked and re-torqued several times in the first 50 miles of use.
Parts usually will seat naturally and torque on nuts will drop.
- When installing new wheels on a vehicle, the wheel hardware (meaning nuts and bolts) should be torqued before first road use and after each wheel removal.
- After running the vehicle for a short distance, check the nuts for tightness. • Check and re-torque the wheels after the first 10 miles. • Check and retorque again at 25 miles.
- Repeat again at 50 miles
- .Check periodically thereafter. Retighten all nuts to the specified torque. It’s important to note improper torque can cause distortion, fatigue cracks in the wheels or alignment problems. Recommended torque specifications are unique to each type of vehicle serviced. Specifications vary by make, model and year, so be sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual or other trusted resource for recommendations.