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#1 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 03:39 PM
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New Recall Notice today

It's an Interim Notice concerning 2006 - early 2011 RAV4s.

"In the Rear Suspension Arm No. 1 Assembly ("arm"), if the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification when the vehicle alignment service is performed, rust may form on the arm. If this occurs, threads my wear, causing the arm to seperate, which could result in the loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash."

"If you experience an abnormal noise from the rear of the vehicle or if you previously had a 4-wheel alignment performed......make an appointment to have it inspected and/or replaced..."

The letter goes on to read: You will receive a second owner notification letter when the remedy is available.

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Trying to tighten those nuts with a proper torq wrench is not going to be easy because majority of the auto mechanics dont have a open-end torque wrench. They only have a regular torq wrench that works with sockets only. I work in a pretty big shop and we also do alignment, and none of our mechanics has an open end torq wrench. I also work at a calibration company which i have seen a few open end torque wrenches that belongs to aircraft mechanics.
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Trying to tighten those nuts with a proper torq wrench is not going to be easy because majority of the auto mechanics dont have a open-end torque wrench.
A well-equipped mechanic will have a set of crowfoot wrenches for just such an occasion:


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A well-equipped mechanic will have a set of crowfoot wrenches for just such an occasion:

(LOL) What is that strange marking - 11/16?

More seriously, how can one use that type of fitting with an ordinary torque wrench and obtain an accurate reading - is there some sort of conversion chart?

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A well-equipped mechanic will have a set of crowfoot wrenches for just such an occasion:

I am talking about a proper open-ended torque wrench, not mickey mouse adapters.
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(LOL) What is that strange marking - 11/16?

More seriously, how can one use that type of fitting with an ordinary torque wrench and obtain an accurate reading - is there some sort of conversion chart?
If you install the crow's foot on the torque wrench so it increases the effective length, then you must increase the measured torque by the ratio of the new length to the old length. You won't be far off if you add 10% to the measured torque.

If you install the crow's foot so the toes point in the direction you are pulling, then there is no change in length and you don't need to make any correction.

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If you install the crow's foot on the torque wrench so it increases the effective length, then you must increase the measured torque by the ratio of the new length to the old length. You won't be far off if you add 10% to the measured torque.

If you install the crow's foot so the toes point in the direction you are pulling, then there is no change in length and you don't need to make any correction.
From some of the experiences observed at tire shop, I think some mechanics would be asking 'What's a torque wrench?'. Never mind what's the effective length of the torque arm if you added the crowfoot wrench to the torque wrench . . .

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I agree with CanuckRAV4. The only tool most tire shops use is an impact gun from my life experance.
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If you install the crow's foot so the toes point in the direction you are pulling, then there is no change in length and you don't need to make any correction.
Correct. That would be at a right angle with the shaft of the torque wrench.
The adapter isn't mickey mouse and cannot affect the reading if installed that way.

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