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I recently put new wheels on my car. I don't have off-street parking, much less a garage to work in, so I had the wheels installed by a mechanic. Since they were installed, they have been driven through about 100 miles, including an autocross event, so I think it's about time to check the lug nut torque.

I refuse to take it to a mechanic just for this, so I'll do it myself. I've got a torque wrench and appropriate sockets, but I'm not sure whether the weight of the car affects the torque I'd see on the lugs. Do I need to lift the car up to take the weight off the wheels while I check the torque?

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Nope, doing it with the wheels on the ground if fine, no need to lift the weight of the wheels. It's easier that way because the wheels can't turn while you are torquing the lugs.

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+1 to Larry for saying what I was going to say (so I should get partial credit...? ;-). –  Bob Cross Apr 24 '12 at 2:22

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