Lug wrenches can be found in all vehicles with spare tyres.
Check out our article to find out about the various types of lug wrenches, or wheel braces, and the options available for your garage in our catalogue. Keep reading!
What is a lug wrench?
A lug wrench is a tool made of iron used to remove the wheel fasteners of a vehicle.
It’s worth noting that the tip of this tool is a specific measurement corresponding to the wheel nuts used on the vehicle in question.
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What is a lug wrench used for?
Lug wrenches are used to remove all nuts from car tyres and come in various shapes and types of fitting.
This wrench is commonly used to replace flat tyres with spare tyres. This wrench is part of the jack-lug wrench-triangle kit often found in any vehicle trunk and is the perfect wrench for changing tyres.
To learn how to fix a punctured tyre, check out our article How do you fix a flat tyre?
Read the following point to find out the types of lug wrench on the market.
What types of lug wrenches are there?
There are several types of lug wrenches:
- Tube-shaped lug wrenches with a hexagonal head and a crowbar at the opposite end;
- L-shaped lug wrench with a 90-degree angle;
- Telescopic lug wrench;
- Cross lug wrench;
- Torque wrenches.
Find out more information about torque wrenches in our article Torque wrenches: What are they for?.
Which lug wrenches are available in the KROFtools catalogue?
The following lug wrenches are available in the KROFtools catalogue:
Tubular Wheel Wrench
Click on the image to find out more about our Tubular Wheel Wrench (Ref.230)
Tubular Wheel Wrench + Tommy Bar
Click on the image to find out more about our Tubular Wheel Wrench + Tommy Bar (Ref.244).
How do you use a lug wrench?
To use a lug wrench, follow the following steps:
- Remove the wheel nut covers to access the nuts;
- Remove the locking wheel nuts with the special socket wrench in your vehicle tool kit;
- Fit the wrench to each of the nuts and unscrew;
- Remove each of the nuts carefully;
- Put the nuts back into each hole;
- Tighten them with the wrench until the nuts are tight;
- Give the nuts a final strong turn using the wrench diagonally.
KROFtools advises you to avoid putting weight on the wrench with your foot, as doing so puts you at risk of bodily harm.
What should you be particularly careful of when handling a lug wrench?
You should take the following precautions when using a lug wrench:
- Make sure that the lug wrench head fits onto the nuts in question;
- Do not exceed the tightening torque recommended by the manufacturer;
- Tighten fasteners clockwise;
- Use specific heads for each fastener;
- If car wheel nuts or bolts show any sign of corrosion, take extra care when unscrewing them.
Find more information on removing rust from your car in our article Rusted Car: 5 Steps to remove it.
How much does a lug wrench cost?
Lug wrench prices range from 10 to 50 euros. The price will vary depending on specific wrench features.
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