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Bruce Jacobs



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject: Torque Wrench Recommendations Reply with quote

Any recommendations for a good torque wrench for a first-time DIY engine rebuilder? I have an old cheap one that is okay for lug nuts, but it's not coming anywhere near my engine. Much to my wife's chagrin, I think this VW habit is gonna be with me for life, so it's about time I owned a decent torque wrench. Hoping I don't have to spend professional-grade money for a decent home-mechanic job.

Thoughts?
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Clyde



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For engine work, the biggest torque number is the 250 ft lb gland nut. Most don't bother with a torque wrench for that.

I use an old fashioned beam style torque wrench for case part line fasteners and cylinder head studs (18-25 ft lbs).

I'd get (or borrow) a torque meister tool for the gland nut, and a sensitive torque wrench that only goes up to like 50ish ft lbs for the 8-12mm hardware.

Craftsman is fine.

I don't think anyone warrantees a torque wrench?
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Gabass



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clyde wrote:
I don't think anyone warrantees a torque wrench?


Harbor freight does but a torque wrench is one of the things I wouldn't recommend from harbor freight.
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Bruce Jacobs



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, great help!

I actually managed to get the gland nut off fine with a pipe and breaker bar. When I put it back on I plan to use my body weight + length of arm method, plus a little more oomph because I've read that some like to give it some extra torque anyway.

Mainly I'm looking for a wrench for the engine itself. I too am leery about the Harbor Freight stuff for something so precise and delicate. Will probably go with the Craftsman.

Haven't had the chance to even touch the engine the past two weeks, but hoping to have it completely torn down by the end of the weekend.

I'm also hoping to someday have enough experience to start answering questions, and to actually help others for a change Shocked

Well, I'm living and learning . . . thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least buy a Crapsman… A torque wrench is a precision device, you can't skimp on precision.
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