No torque wrench


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guitarzan
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No torque wrench

Post by guitarzan » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:43 pm



I don't have a torque so I just tightened down the timing belt tensioners down until it was tight, nothing snapped. I know its over 19 ft pounds. Will there be any kind of damage because I over tightened the bolts?

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Re: No torque wrench

Post by robb » Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:15 pm

Should have no problems.

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Re: No torque wrench

Post by guitarzan » Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:17 pm

Thank you for getting back to me. Have a great day.

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Re: No torque wrench

Post by redial » Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:47 am

You should be able to get a set of torque wrenches, 1/4,3/8, and 1/2 inch drives, for around US$50 off Fleabay.
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Re: No torque wrench

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:17 pm

I've improvised when I didn't have a torque wrench handy: Use a luggage scale. Take a wrench, and measure out from the business end of it (where the bolt goes) 12 inches out on the handle. Put a mark or piece of tape at that spot.

Put the wrench on the bolt, hook the luggage scale on your 12 inch spot, and pull the luggage scale until the required number of pounds shows. For instance, if you need to tighten to 19 foot-lbs, you pull the scale until you see 19 lbs.

You can vary the length of the wrench - if you measure out 24 inches on the wrench instead of 12, just halve the number on the scale - for instance, hook the scale up at 24 inches, and measure 9.5 lbs on the scale instead of 19.

Same goes for shorter wrenches - if the scale is positioned at 6 inches out on the wrench, double the pounds - so instead of 19, measure 38 lbs on the scale.

You can see this technique (with pictures) here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=28099



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