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Old 04-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Left my Torque Wrench Set...

I know, I know... I should have released it before storing. The damn thing went all Winter set for 76ft/lbs (for my wife's Yaris). I know this will throw off alignment or calibration or whatever, but my question is... will it be significant? Like the only thing I use the tool for is wheels (swapping Winters in and out and break jobs mostly). So that being said... if it's likely only thrown off by a could ft/lbs, it seems kinda negligible for my purposes since I don't need it to be accurate to a tenth or hundredth.

Any thoughts? Am I ok as is or should I pick up a new one? Wish I knew someone with another one so that I could compare.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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If it is a Snap-on torque wrench your dealer to recalibrate it for no charge.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #3
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why woul it be ruined if you l;eft it at76 lbs? do u have to set it at zero when ev er your done with it?
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:59 AM   #4
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why woul it be ruined if you l;eft it at76 lbs? do u have to set it at zero when ev er your done with it?
It could lose tension if not set to the lowest setting. If you get it calibrated, I bet it would be slightly less accurate. Also if it is dropped, it could fail all together. I am a tool account manager for the Air Force and we have some strict rules. Just sayin
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, didn't think this would be something covered by warranty. This is the one I've got: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

Says there's a lifetime warranty so I'll look into that. In the meantime I'm thinking it's close enough to accurate for the purposes of putting my Summer tires back on safely until I can re-check with a more trusted tool?

Edit: Shit, calibration warranty is only 90 days... :(
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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I'd torque them an extra 5 lbs/ft just to be safe.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:21 PM   #7
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I'd torque them an extra 5 lbs/ft just to be safe.
Good call, and pretty much what I did. At first I did 140ft/lb but ran into:
http://camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216186 (post number 15)

Then tried it at 143 in case it had any bearing on the issue...
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #8
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All torque wrenches should ALWAYS be set to zero after each use...
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