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torque wrench from walmart

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kinkrider101, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Dec 21, 2009 at 4:53 PM
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    kinkrider101

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    does any body have the torque wrench from wallmart. I dont know if it has reached the setting of torque, it makes a clicking noise but doesnt feel like it is at the setting.
     
  2. Dec 21, 2009 at 4:58 PM
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    How many ft pounds are you setting it at?
     
  3. Dec 21, 2009 at 5:03 PM
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    I think you problem started with tool shopping at Walmart...
     
  4. Dec 21, 2009 at 5:06 PM
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    At 82ftlb for the rims it feels like it and clicks, at lower settings around 25 -40ft lbs for diff/transfer case it feels like its still got a long way to go, but the bar is a good 20inches so theres a lot of torque on that nut.

    Same with the small one for the spark plugs, 15ftlbs feels like a lot.
     
  5. Dec 21, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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  6. Dec 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM
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    You should feel that, on my wrench it doesn't feel like anything or click good at a lower ft pound settings. But at 80 ft pounds a can feel it click loud.

    I wonder if It's off, from the factory. Maybe return it? Or test it compared to another torque wrench. I also wonder if it just doesn't click good like the others but still gives a good torque.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    it goes staight then clicks it feels likeit shifts up a little bit
     
  8. Dec 21, 2009 at 6:40 PM
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    It's probably fine.

    When mine clicks, you can barely feel it move - but you can feel the *click* through the handle. At 80 lbs, it should be a very definite *click*. Like dorkman said... you're putting more torque on the nut/bolt than you realize because the handle on the torque wrench is so long. Put a normal wrench/ratchet on the same nut/bolt after you tighten it with the torque wrench and try to move it farther and it'll feel a lot tighter.

    But... if you have doubts, borrow someone else's torque wrench and compare the two like BakoTruck said.
     
  9. Dec 21, 2009 at 6:46 PM
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    oh man don't ever buy a torque wrench from walmart. they don't come in a case. they are just plastic cased with the torque wrench bottom exposed...meaning people test them, mess with them and ruin them.
    go to harbor freight and get a good one. i got one for $12 that goes up to 150lbs of torque.
     
  10. Dec 21, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    X2, Got mine for $12 as well, came with a nice sturdy double walled plastic case. It goes to your desired torque setting more or less. Not exactly a precision tool, but for 12 bucks it does its job damn well.

    My only complaint is that it doesn't like to lock.

    IMHO wheel lug torque's not too big of a deal seeing as I used to just go by feel.
     
  11. Dec 21, 2009 at 6:57 PM
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    I'm a big fan of doing it by the book every time- but rims/wheels are one that really needs to be done right (at least on the 2nd gen trucks).

    If the lugs aren't properly torqued the wheel can develop a nasty vibration.
     
  12. Dec 21, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    Like said above, the best thing to do is compare it to one you know works well. If you still have doubts about it, return it. Walmart is pretty good about returns/exchanges. You could stop off at a tire shop and probably get one of the guys there to compare the setting to one of theirs.
     
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