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Old 06-09-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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I need a torque wrench

So I want to be able to change my break pads myself and I would also like to paint my calipers. I've been reading around all the DIYs and the process seems simple enough, however I am pretty much a mechincal newb and have never done this before. The only thing I am unsure about is the torque wrench, Ive read around enough to see that people seem to prefer the Snap On. But I am unsure about how this type of wrench works and what size I would need for this project. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Like I said...I need the wrench for a caliper. I dont need a gold plated diamond encrusted one. It will not get that much use
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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i got a Teng Tools one, awesome and i highly recommend it. Lifetime guarantee too!
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or harbor freight.
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Like I said...I need the wrench for a caliper. I dont need a gold plated diamond encrusted one. It will not get that much use
Then definitely not snap on. Sears has one for $25. Or just buy it and return when done.

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What size is the most important part of this question

I got mine in 1/2" because I find that the best size for wheel lugs and getting the oil filter housing cap off, however 3/8" is going to be more universal I'd guess.
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or harbor freight.
Look for the Harbor Freight circular. They had a coupon for their 1/2 inch torque wrench for $8 (normally $20). I'm not sure if the coupon is still in effect.
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$8.00? Seriously? You'd trust an $8.00 torque wrench on your car?

If HF can afford sell that for $8.00, imagine how much it cost them. Then, imagine the company that manufactured them being able to make a profit from that wholesale cost. We're talking about an instrument that is designed to accurately measure rotational force with reliable precision - not a barbecue spatula.

I don't care if you don't buy tools from me. Go to Sears before buying an $8.00 torque wrench.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:27 AM   #15
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I had it backwards. It is $12 ($8 off).
Since it is on the front of the flyer, HF is probably using it as a "loss leader" to drive traffic.
Yes, I agree it probably isn't the highest grade tool, but it will torque lug bolts.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:39 AM   #18
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DO NOT buy a Sears torque wrench (at least, not the click-type. A beam type would be okay, but you don't want one of those anyway). Let me say that again--DO NOT BUY A SEARS TORQUE WRENCH. I've read a lot about torque wrenches, and these are terrible--they seem to break on a whole lot of people after very few uses, and are not covered by a lifetime warranty. Bad!

If you can find one, it sounds like the best money is spent on Husky. Lifetime warranty, not too expensive to begin with, great calibration out of the box and great holding of calibration if you treat it right. I got one for my racing team on ebay, new in its box. Works like a charm.

I have a harbor freight wrench, and while I don't have recalibration tools to constantly check accuracy (as the guy where I get lots of my info did; he was testing tools for the air force for several years, and learned a lot about what wrenches work and which don't), it has served me well for about 3 years now. Can't beat the price.

For brakes, I would not hesitate to use it. If I were rebuilding an engine and needed very careful settings to do things like head bolts, I might look into getting a nice new Husky wrench (from what I've read, it beat even Snap-on in terms of out-of-the-box accuracy...Snap-on held very well after it was sent for recalibration, but it may not come perfect from the factory. Oh, and they're crazy expensive.)...but really, you'll get very close to the right setting using a less expensive wrench. I don't mean buy a total POS, and they're out there--but Husky and Harbor Freight seem to be good choices. Obviously, so is everything Ken sells, depending on your budget.

While you do get what you pay for to some extent, I don't think that getting a good deal means you're getting trash, and I don't think paying a lot means you're getting the best there is. Go with experience, find out what people actually use and their experiences with it. Oh, and for the love of pete, don't buy a Sears torque wrench, please!

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Well - $12 is a different story...
Ken agreed there isn't much life in these cheap torque wrenches. Sears has a very limited waranty on these tools. Funny as most of their other craftsman tools carry a lifetime garantee.
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DO NOT buy a Sears torque wrench (at least, not the click-type. A beam type would be okay, but you don't want one of those anyway). Let me say that again--DO NOT BUY A SEARS TORQUE WRENCH. I've read a lot about torque wrenches, and these are terrible--they seem to break on a whole lot of people after very few uses, and are not covered by a lifetime warranty. Bad!

If you can find one, it sounds like the best money is spent on Husky. Lifetime warranty, not too expensive to begin with, great calibration out of the box and great holding of calibration if you treat it right. I got one for my racing team on ebay, new in its box. Works like a charm.

I have a harbor freight wrench, and while I don't have recalibration tools to constantly check accuracy (as the guy where I get lots of my info did; he was testing tools for the air force for several years, and learned a lot about what wrenches work and which don't), it has served me well for about 3 years now. Can't beat the price.

For brakes, I would not hesitate to use it. If I were rebuilding an engine and needed very careful settings to do things like head bolts, I might look into getting a nice new Husky wrench (from what I've read, it beat even Snap-on in terms of out-of-the-box accuracy...Snap-on held very well after it was sent for recalibration, but it may not come perfect from the factory. Oh, and they're crazy expensive.)...but really, you'll get very close to the right setting using a less expensive wrench. I don't mean buy a total POS, and they're out there--but Husky and Harbor Freight seem to be good choices. Obviously, so is everything Ken sells, depending on your budget.

While you do get what you pay for to some extent, I don't think that getting a good deal means you're getting trash, and I don't think paying a lot means you're getting the best there is. Go with experience, find out what people actually use and their experiences with it. Oh, and for the love of pete, don't buy a Sears torque wrench, please!
+1. Even on the sears website; worst reviews ever.

Do they carry the tool u got at home depot?
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