Socket set protects lug nuts, wheels

SPARKS, Md. — New tools from GearWrench protect wheels and lug nuts when changing out tires.

The Wheel Protector Impact Socket Set features an outer sheath and insert that shields the wheels and lug nuts from damage.

The biggest draw to these tools, however, is that they last three times longer than other wheel-protecting sockets on the market, according to Jim Stewart, the company’s brand manager. The added strength is due to a reinforcing ring that amps up the tools’ durability, he said.

“Our new high-quality socket innovation delivers what technicians have come to expect from GearWrench — improved speed, strength and access. Technicians also benefit from reduced downtime in the shop,” said Stewart.

The tools’ design makes it easier to work in confined spaces, while color-coded “jackets” help identify the socket size. The three-piece set is housed in a blow-molded storage case.