On the side of the road in the middle of the night isn’t the best time to find out you can’t manage to wrench the lugs off that flat tire. This torque-multiplying removal tool from Harbor Freight claims to give you a 30-to-1 advantage over those with muscle-power-only solutions.
No matter how big a sissy you are or are not, whether you’re a teenager or an elderly man, sometimes those lugs just won’t break free. The geared mechanical advantage of the multiplier gets power where you need it, without busting the lugs or yourself. Just put the adjustable arm and sockets on two of the lugs, and crank — one will pop loose. Rinse and repeat with the rest, and the wheel will come off.
You can stow this simple system under a seat for when it’s needed — which hopefully will be never. However, it never seems to turn out that way.
Harbor Freight sells it for $19.
Torque-Multiplying Lug Nut Tool [Harbor Freight]