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Amazon Lightning Deal Powerbuilt 940558 14" Universal Lug Wrench $8.32

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Too bad it's only an 14" wrench. Thanks for sharing though.
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just FYI but this is about the same price as a 20" with coupon at HFT
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Yeah not sure how much torque you could develop with this...? It says "14"... and I guess if you applied an equal amount of torque on both ends you would get 2x 7" leverage... but it's MUCH easier to concentrate all of your force on one end of a longer breaker bar... E.g. pulling on one end of an 18"-24" breaker bar.


I think it's WORTH IT to have a breaker bar in your trunk (and matching socket)! Cars generally come with a shitty little wrench which is maybe 8-10" long? Get a 2' (24") or longer breaker bar and getting lug nuts off when putting the spare on will be a piece of cake. Just be careful not to over-torque when putting them back on!! Personally I keep a torque wrench in the trunk so I can put them back on at the correct torque. That's not entirely necessary, just make sure not to over-tighten them.

Breaker bars can be had for ~$20 or so. Even $30 is worth it. When it's freezing cold or hot as hell and you're stuck on the side of a busy road or highway, anything that speeds the process is well worth it.

1. Breaker bar
2. Impact socket for your lug nuts (19mm, 21mm, etc.)

This is an 18" breaker bar for $23 from Lowe's, for example:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-1...ar/3380264


I keep a breaker bar and correctly sized socket in my car and my wife's, in case we ever need to put the spare on :-). For regular maintenance a 1/2" drive electric impact wrench is indispensable (e.g. DIY brakes, suspension work, tire rotation, etc.).
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I keep a 20" one of these in my truck and it's a thousand times better than the crap that comes with vehicles. It's so much easier to use. Highly recommended.
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I think it's WORTH IT to have a breaker bar in your trunk...
I am 230lbs+
From my sad, yet (luckily!) limited experience, If I can't properly unscrew a lug nut with a regular lug wrench while applying full body force, I will likely strip the nut edges if I do it with a breaker bar :-(

(and I still have a breaker bar for other applications, I just don't think it's really necessary for wheel removal for us fat folks - YMMV if you are 140lbs...)
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Good as a spare in the event that one might help someone on the road who's lug nuts are a different size than your own.
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I am 230lbs+
From my sad, yet (luckily!) limited experience, If I can't properly unscrew a lug nut with a regular lug wrench while applying full body force, I will likely strip the nut edges if I do it with a breaker bar :-(

(and I still have a breaker bar for other applications, I just don't think it's really necessary for wheel removal for us fat folks - YMMV if you are 140lbs...)

I dunno. I'm ~228lb and I tighten my lug nuts to 72 or so lb-ft with a torque wrench. After thousands of miles I find the breaker bar makes them much easier to remove and there's no stripping involved. I guess it depends on the car, threads, torque, etc.
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