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Old 02-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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torque wrench

what a good inexpensive torque wrench? hopeing to find something that 3/8 and has a minimum torque of 10ft/lbs. Need it for small jobs like oil changes

any susguestions?
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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look at harbour freight.they have inexpensive tools.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
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look at harbour freight.they have inexpensive tools.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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I just saw a 3/8" drive click torque wrench at Advance Auto for $21.

Goes from 10 to 80 ft/lbs.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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I've got a Pitsburg from Harbor Freight that does good on the small jobs.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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i was thinking about getting this one any1 have it
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...3474_200263474
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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You don't need a torque wrench for oil changes. The place you really do need one is for tightening lug nuts... I'd never try to guess at 140 ft-lbs. I'm hesitant to hit 140, so I usually set the wrench for 130. But more important that the actual torque is that they are all tightened the same.

For this, you'll need a heavier duty 1/2" drive (you'll need the longer handle). I buy a lot of cheap tools from Harbor Freight... great place to get a cheap floor jack and hand tools - but I would never use one of their torque wrenches.

The one from Northern Tools is probably OK, or wait for Sears to sell theirs at half price.
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well i mainly need it now for my intake manifold and all my sockets r in 3/8
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #10
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well i mainly need it now for my intake manifold and all my sockets r in 3/8

my intake manifold bolts need to be torques to 18 ft/lbs and about the same for my oil plug. and if my lug nuts have to be around 130 -140 ft/lbs whats my best bet?

who has some susgestions for me?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:39 PM   #11
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I would get at minimum a Craftsman quality TW...
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I would get at minimum a Craftsman quality TW...
just looked on sears didnt do a detailed search but craftsman tw didnt have many good reviews
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:25 AM   #13
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #14
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I got these two. I have been very pleased with them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...01_i01_details

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:45 AM   #15
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Thanks whats the torque spec on the 2nd one? the is the 1/2 to 3/8 adapter good?
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:59 AM   #16
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Thanks whats the torque spec on the 2nd one? the is the 1/2 to 3/8 adapter good?
I believe it is 20-150. I had many applications that required less then 20. That's why I got both. I recently used the 3/8" to snug up a Camaro drain plug (18 ft/lbs i believe it was) and bolts on intake and the 1/2" to tighten up the lugs (140 ft/lbs) on the wheels.

I haven't used the adapter yet but it is just your typical adapter.
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I believe it is 20-150. I had many applications that required less then 20. That's why I got both. I recently used the 3/8" to snug up a Camaro drain plug (18 ft/lbs i believe it was) and bolts on intake and the 1/2" to tighten up the lugs (140 ft/lbs) on the wheels.

I haven't used the adapter yet but it is just your typical adapter.

alright thanks i think ill need both then!
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #18
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I picked up a CDI on eBay for around fifty bucks. They are the same thing as snap on. Good stuff.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:33 PM   #19
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I picked up a CDI on eBay for around fifty bucks. They are the same thing as snap on. Good stuff.

Thanks ill look at them
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #20
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alright thanks i think ill need both then!
I don't think you could get by without both. I just walked in the house from installing Dynatech headers. The instructions say to torque bolts to 20 lbs. First, I've read that most torque wrenches (unless super high quality) are not as accurate at the top and bottom of their ranges. I don't know how try that it is but because I knew I needed something in the 10-20 range, I got the 3/8". Second, the 1/2" is big. I test fit it on the header bolts just because of your question and I could not have gotten the job done.
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i think im just debating between these 2 for the 3/8
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...01_i01_details
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http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-Professi...9597147&sr=1-8
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:50 PM   #22
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I bought some caps for my strut towers & it says I need a torque wrench to install them. Would the same ones noted above work for that job? (Help out a newby)
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I bought some caps for my strut towers & it says I need a torque wrench to install them. Would the same ones noted above work for that job? (Help out a newby)
I guess it depends on what torque the fasteners (assuming they have fasteners. I have not see one installed) require and what size socket you are driving.

If the requirement falls between the ranges listed on the wrench and the socket you attach it to matches, then you should be good to go.

Is that what you are asking? What do the instructions say specifically?
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I will have to get them out of the shed. I just want to be sure & buy the right tool. I'll look at it when I get a chance. Too cold to go out there right now.
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good to know im not the only newby in need of a torque wrench!
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