Commercial vehicle wheel re-torquing

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Re-torquing

Ensuring that your wheel fixings are correctly torqued is vital for safety as well as preventing damage and premature wear. It must be done correctly.

When to re-torque?

The wheel nuts should be re-torqued / checked for tightness using a calibrated torque wrench after the vehicle has stood for a period of 30 minutes, whether the vehicle has moved or not, or after 40-80 kilometres (25-50 miles), in accordance with the manufacturers specifications or to BS AU 50 Part 2 Section 7a 1995 if applicable.

Many fleet operators also re-check the torque again after 24 hours. Note: Some vehicle manufacturers do not recognise the 30 minute re-torque procedure. Always refer to specific manufacturer instructions. Re-torquing should also be carried out at every Planned Maintenance Inspection (PMI) check.

What torque setting?

Torque setting varies between vehicle types and even different axles, and the correct setting is too important to guess. See your vehicle’s information pack for correct information, if in any doubt please talk to us.

Re-torque sequence

The sequence in which wheel nuts should be re-torqued is essential to ensure even pressure across the wheel and hub, and correct alignment.

Re-torquing sequences

See also...

Wheels, fixings, valves, and wheel balancing

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