Retightening wheel nuts after a tyre change: why is it so important?admin
The new wheels are mounted and that’s all done – right? It is not only important to check the fit of the wheels after changing the tires, but also from time to time. Because if you drive your car every day, you should also pay attention to the necessary safety. But why should you tighten tires and check them regularly?
Safety first: The wheel nuts must be tight
The recommendation of car repair shops is: When changing tires, the wheel nuts should be tightened after 50 to 100 kilometers at the latest . The technology does not differ between steel and aluminum rims. To debunk the myth: tightening wheel bolts after changing tires is a safety-related necessity that contributes to the safety of everyone on the road. The reason for this is quite simple: the daily stress on the wheels and the accumulation of protection between the rim and the bolt allows the wheel nuts to loosen. This creates a leeway in the nuts, which can have serious consequences. In the worst case, the tire can come loose while driving. Tightening the wheels properly can prevent this.
Can the wheel fall off that easily?
A wheel doesn’t just fall off, it makes itself felt beforehand – especially audibly. As a conscientious driver, you should always pay attention to unusual noises from your car wheels. A loose wheel, for example, is noticeable through loud knocking noises. Basically, you should always pull over and check your car. A quick test shows you quickly whether it’s the tires or whether there is another problem. Very important: You should never move the car with loose tires. If you cannot tighten the wheel bolts yourself – please call the breakdown service!
Do it yourself quickly: tighten the wheels
You can also tighten the wheel nuts yourself. Use a secure parking space where the vehicle is accessible from all sides. Before actually working on the wheels, you put it in first gear and pull on the handbrake. We recommend the torque wrench to tighten the wheel nuts on aluminum and steel rims. For this you have to comply with the exact torque value of the car or the rim. You set the corresponding value on the torque wrench before you start tightening the nuts. As soon as the correct tightening torque of the wheel nuts is reached, there is a loud cracking sound.
Pay attention to the order
It doesn’t matter which wheel you start tightening the wheel nuts on. The only important thing for you is that when tightening, you make sure that the two diagonally opposite wheel nuts are always tightened one after the other. The wheel nuts can be tightened clockwise. In the opposite direction they are loosened. If you are unsure, have the wheels tightened by a professional in the workshop!