From: Duncan Wood on 10 Nov 2009 19:22
On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 23:51:42 -0000, Dave Plowman (News)
> In article <yYgKm.61488$ep1.31527(a)newsfe30.ams2>,
> Chris Whelan <cawhelan(a)prejudicentlworld.com> wrote:
>> > What is the formula for how close to the edge of the tread it can be?
>> > And is it somewhat of a guess?
>> No, it's covered by BS AU 159f.
>> This may help:
> Right. That ruler was what the KF guy used first - then added a red
> circular thingie. Which had no markings.
>> > BTW, congrats to Audi for giving the wheel bolt torque in the driver's
>> > handbook. 120 Nm If only they took their own advice - it was nowhere
>> > that tight when I took it off.
>> The problem is with the dealer; it should have been checked as part of
>> the PDI.
> Maybe so - but do they check every single fixing on the car? The wheels
> and tyres were an extra, though. Is that sort of thing dealer fitted? The
> car wasn't stock - took 6 weeks to arrive.
It varies, but non-standard wheels are very often dealer fit.
From: Roger Hunt on 10 Nov 2009 20:03
Dave Plowman (News) <dave(a)davenoise.co.uk> wrote
> Mate had a puncture - a screw in the tyre of his new Audi A3. It's done
>less than 1000 miles. Asked for some help since he's got a problem in one
> Went round and took off the wheel - it's got a space saver spare so
>decided to get it fixed there and then so just left it jacked up.
You left it jacked up? And unattended?
Did you not lower it onto blocks of something?
If not, you are asking for a disaster.
From: Redwood on 11 Nov 2009 04:07
"Mrcheerful" <nbkm57(a)hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
> who undoes a bolt straight away?
Me when I last changed a wheel on a poxy fiat! Although not intentionally,
I forgot to place the fooking wheel trim on before the bolts - doh!!
From: Mrcheerful on 11 Nov 2009 04:13
> "Mrcheerful" <nbkm57(a)hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
>> who undoes a bolt straight away?
> Me when I last changed a wheel on a poxy fiat! Although not
> intentionally, I forgot to place the fooking wheel trim on before the
> bolts - doh!!
I had a fiat punto in the other day, one of the holes in the trim is
different, so you put in one bolt, then the trim, then the other three, but
I expect you know that now.
From: shazzbat on 11 Nov 2009 04:49
> I am often frustrated when attempting to undo wheel nuts, the air impact
> wrench I have is rated at 600 lb ft in reverse, yet sometimes cannot undo
> a wheel nut put on by some monkey at a tyre shop. It is often necessary
> to get out the big bar and 4ft scaffold pole, which I do not believe was
> used to do them up!! Therefore there is more power needed to undo than to
> do up.
99% of times this is necessary (IMHO) it's due not to the tyre place, who
torque them nowadays, but the length of time they've ben left on. Sometimes
several years. A lot of owners only have the wheels removed when the pads
start scraping or it fails the test. Servicing they say? "but it passed no
problem so it must be all right".