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nomad297

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Based on many posts here, it seems that many of you travel with a torque wrench. I have never owned or even used one, and I have turned many a nut or bolt with torque specifications just by guessing. As far as I know, that method has worked, but for some reason now, I feel that I should be torquing things properly -- paranoia, maybe? Owning a travel trailer, I have many nuts and bolts with torque specifications that require frequent removal and replacement, so I think it's time for me to buy a torque wrench.

What brand and model torque wrench do you use? Are there any accessories that go along with it for various applications?

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nomad297

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Being the idiot I am, I didn't even think to do a search. There is a lot of information here about torque wrenches, but not many posts stating the preferred make and model.

Bruce

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I have the Craftsman 1/2 drive Micro Click torque wrench.



Also, a couple of 1/2 drive extensions, and a full set of 1/2 drive sockets metric and US. This is just a small subset of what I carry in the Motorhome at all times.


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sch911 wrote:

I have the Craftsman 1/2 drive Micro Click torque wrench.



Also, a couple of 1/2 drive extensions, and a full set of 1/2 drive sockets metric and US. This is just a small subset of what I carry in the Motorhome at all times.


X2. It has served us well for 8 years now.


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Dog Folks wrote:

sch911 wrote:

I have the Craftsman 1/2 drive Micro Click torque wrench.



Also, a couple of 1/2 drive extensions, and a full set of 1/2 drive sockets metric and US. This is just a small subset of what I carry in the Motorhome at all times.


X2. It has served us well for 8 years now.

X3 had mine 11 years now.


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Don't forget that adding an extension onto the wrench so the socket will reach the lug nuts will change the torque reading. These wrenches are calibrated with a socket mounted directly onto the wrench.

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BuckBarker wrote:

Don't forget that adding an extension onto the wrench so the socket will reach the lug nuts will change the torque reading. These wrenches are calibrated with a socket mounted directly onto the wrench.


This is true, so how do you adjust for this, or do you just apply as much pressure as possible towards the centerline of the socket and hope for the best?

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nomad297 wrote:



Being the idiot I am, I didn't even think to do a search. There is a lot of information here about torque wrenches, but not many posts stating the preferred make and model.

Bruce


You will get a lot of opinions on preferred wrenches.

Here is an article, I think it's a couple years old, from Car Craft Magazine on Torque Wrench Testing.

Let us know what you decide to buy. I don't own a torque wrench so, I can't give you my opinion.

Enjoy your travels.

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I always torque to specs. Especially if any tires were replaced or inspected using impact wrenches. Few take the effort to use torque bars.

Case in point, I recently bought new tires for my van. When I went to take the tires off to replace the hubcaps, the tire lugs wouldn't budge. They were likely torqued to around 250ft-lbs, when they should be at 95-100ft-lbs. Long story short, I ended up breaking one stem which was embedded in the lug, so had to replace the entire wheel hub. Not particularly difficult, but a pain as it was due for state safety inspection, and wouldn't have passed with one lug missing.

If you buy new tires, I'd recommend going back and re-torquing all your lugs yourself.

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