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Impact wrench damaging steel wheels
Ok, I spent quite a long time reading all the posts I could here on tire rotations. I assumed surely someone has addressed this common problem here before. I even googled it reading a lot of posts at other forums, etc. I can't find a single post discussing this issue anywhere. I'm shocked.
Here goes: Whenever I bring my Rav4 or have brought any car to have the tires rotated or mounted at a tire shop or dealership the impact wrench leaves ugly concentric marks or rings around the lug nut area. I know why it's occuring. The socket on the impact wrench as it spins is leaving these marks. Yesterday, I had my tires rotated etc. at the dealership and of course, I ended up with those ugly rings on my steel wheels around my lug nuts again. I used some touch up paint on my steel wheels that did do a pretty good job of filling in those marks & hiding the damage.
Here's my question. Is there any way short of me rotating my tires myself from now on to prevent this from happening to my steel wheels? I wouldn't even care if my Rav4 was old & rather beat up. However, it's the first really nice vehicle I've ever owned & I take pride in it. It's a 2010 with only 13K on it. I think I'm going to have to start rotating the tires myself which I have no problem doing if that's what I have to do because I don't think there's any way to avoid this from happening. It's a common issue at tire shops & now my dealership.
Any suggestions or feedback? Thanks.
Last edited by rob00000; 11-18-2012 at 07:30 AM.