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anyone on here regularly use a torque wrench when doing jobs on their engines? I am not talking about tightening head bolts and the likes i just mean like normal nuts and bolts.

I am doing some work on my corsa b at the moment and found some of the bolts loose on the water pump and the drivers side engine mount and just tightened them right up but I didn't use any torque wrench (cause I aint got one being one of the reasons!) but they should be all right don't you think?
 

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well.. its one of those things mate,
to me anything that makes a seel and is bolted on should have the correct torque setting.
the risk you have is warping the surface of say a gasket and causing a leak.

take the 1.5 diesel corsas rocker cover.. the bolts only need 8Nm of torque.

i have a device that pluggs onto a normal 3/8 socket set and its a ajustable "torque gauge" when you get to the correct setting it clicks, handy pice of kit.

cos when it comes to undoing anything i just love my impact hammer. that and Stillson's best tools ever!
 

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I've got one, but don't use it hardly at all, bought it to do hub nuts back up as its fairly crucial to the wheel bearing to be correct. If i ever took the head off or even the rocker cover, i'd torque them up correctly, but things like engine covers or other ancillaries, i would just do them up as tight as it seems necessary, if it looks like its going to break, back off a bit.
 

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^ this, also if you use them for cracking bolts/nuts expect them to bend. if bought cheep.

its all i had before the impact hammer.
thats not what they are designed for though so cant really be counted as a flaw of cheap torque wrenches. If a lightbulb smashed when i tried to hammer a nail in with it i wouldnt call it a bad lightbulb...
 

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yeah, i forgot to mention that it was never taken to the max torque rating on the wrench.. meh i only picked it up for £4 and i did expect it not to last long.

after every bolt you torqued up you would have to set the gauge back to "0" as it would be off by a few Nm.

basicly, dont buy a cheep one. wont last and wont give a good reading.
 

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Indeed with the breaker bar and impact driver set. I almost sold my tools when i quit working as a mechanic. Glad i never now!.
Nothing worse than not having the right tool to do something and you need to bodge
I have a fairly adequate tool collection, but imagine how I felt when I had to ask my neighbour if I could borrow him, his thread die tapping set thingy, a 10mm allen key...oh yeah plus a couple of 10 mile each way lifts into town just to get two screws worth 11p each just so I could change my disc brakes lol.
 
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