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Why Re-torque? The Importance of Retorquing

Just as your car or truck is being pulled out of one of our bays, and just as the technician is about to hand you back your keys, you’re probably going to hear this word: re-torque. As in, “Please come back to have your wheels retorqued.”

What is retorquing, and why do you need to have it done?

Every time you have new tires or wheels installed, or your tires changed over, a team member at the store will ask you to come back the next business day or within 50 kms to get your wheels re-torqued. It’s free and it’s fast, and it’s important to your safety. Here’s why.

Re-torquing the wheels involves tightening the lug nuts to help ensure they’re not too tight or too loose. Too tight, and the nuts can damage bolt threads, break fasteners or warp new rotors. Too loose, and your wheel could fall off when you’re driving. It’s an incredibly unlikely scenario, but it would certainly put your safety at risk.

Torque is a measure of the twisting force applied to your lug nuts, and technicians make sure your lug nuts are torqued to the manufacturer’s specifications when your tires are first installed. Now, after your summer tires have been changed over, for example, you’re going to be doing a bit of driving around.

Have you had new wheels or tires installed or changed over at Kal recently? Make sure to pop back into one of our many Kal Tire locations for a quick retorque. It only takes a few minutes, and you don’t even need an appointment.