I had my tires rotated the other day and it says 70 ft. lbs. on my receipt.
This is kind of OT, but since I don't get free rotations anymore and I've been meaning to get one anyway, what is a good torque wrench, brand and type? I see there are a couple types to pick from... 1/2", 3/8", 30-150 ft lbs or 45-250 ft lbs, etc. Would the 5 lower one or 100 higher ft lbs be more useful? What is a good general range and who makes a good one. Thanks.
Thanks, I was looking on the sears site yesterday and did not realize there were so many to pick from, that is why I wanted to make sure before I spent the cash. I was not sure on the 1/2" or 3/8". I also wanted to make sure I got a good ft lbs range, something I could use for more than just wheels.
I just picked up one from Home Depot for $60. It has a lifetime guarantee like the Craftman, is 1/2 inch and was "more for the money."
Before buying, I checked in with Discount Tire and Costco to see what they use and talk to them about them. I went with the 1/2 inch because that is what they use all day long on all cars and trucks, and because Home Depot's are easier to find than Sears nowadays.
So what should I go with, 1/2" or 3/8"? What is the difference? I would like to get something I can use for other things, not just wheels.
Also, from what I was told and saw online, Craftsman does not have a lifetime guarantee on torque wrenches. So far I have not seen any torque wrenches with a lifetime guarantee. I have seen 30 days to 2 years but that is about it. If Home Depot's has a lifetime guarantee then I would go with their's and like you said they are all over. I wrote down a whole bunch of Sears Hardware store locations I got out of the phone book and went driving around Sunday to look for torque wrenches, good excuse to go driving and evey Sears Hardware I drove by was closed, not in closed for the day but closed for good it looked like, no signs or anything anymore. I think some of the malls around here have Sears still but it looks like all the Sears Hardwares are closed.
Usually a 1/2" will have a higher rateing/higher torque value, I think my 3/8" only goes to 50 ft lbs but it starts at 5 and has 1lb incraments my 1/2 doesn start till 25lbs and it goes to like 120lbs and has 2 lb incraments also you will find 3/8" that will do inch pounds but probably not A 1/2 that does.
Yeah I noticed that. I guess I am wondering what I would really make the most use out of... ft lbs from 5 to say 80 or ft lbs from 20 to 250? What is the most ft lbs I would ever need on a car? Would I ever need to torque something to 200 ft lbs or more? Thanks for the info.
no one has mentioned the socket. our car takes a 19mm or 3/4" socket. i got a 1/2" drive medium-depth 19mm socket (from lowe's hardware). i'd suggest getting a medium or deep socket because it adds extra offset so the wrench handle (or your hand) doesn't bump the body.
Well since Craftsman does not offer a lifetime warranty on their torque wrenches I went with an Ace brand 3/8" torque wrench on sale for $40 since it does have a lifetime warranty. Also Aces are all over the place not like Sears.