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What torque wrench should I buy

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Workman, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Apr 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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    Workman

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    I am going to buy a torque wrench that I can use to change my spark plugs, as well as small jobs on my truck. I am thinking about the Craftsman Beam torque wrench, because it is cheap and so am I:). Has anyone used this wrench, and is it accurate enough to change plugs?
    I just dont want to strip out my heads while trying to save a few hundred.

    Also, using the anit seeze will decrease the amount of torque needed? what setting do I need to use, or just use 15 ft lbs??
    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Just dont want to mess up such an easy job, and turn it into a COSTLY repair....
     
  2. Apr 12, 2010 at 12:14 AM
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    KPT

    KPT sees what you did there.

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    If you want cheap, try the harbor freight one. $15 for the 1/2" drive. Mine hasn't failed me yet!
     
  3. Apr 12, 2010 at 7:08 AM
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    Torque Wrench is just one thing I wouldn't get from HF. I vote for the Husky. It is reasonably priced and gets lots of good reviews.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    Thanks for the input, looks like the husky is the one I'll buy. And I know I'm overthinking it, just love my truck and dropped a ton of money on it. the most expensive purchase I've ever made. Never thought twice about a torque wrench on a plug change on my older cars, but in some cases they cost $500 compared to $20,000:eek:
     
  5. Apr 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM
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    I have never used a torque wrench on spark plugs. Its always been finger tight then about a 1/4 turn. :eek: I do use anti seize though, on just about everything.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2010 at 11:27 PM
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    Also wanted to add that to never use a torque wrench to break loose a torqued fastener. Always return the torque wrench to it's lowest setting before storing.
     
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