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Old 07-03-2010, 10:26   #1 (permalink)
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Good Torque wrench for my spark plugs

Need to change the plugs in my 2000 Ford Taurus SE. Can somebody recommend a good torque wrench? I am not worried about money. I just want quality for the long haul. Again thanks to all who help us wanna be mechanics out.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Good Torque wrench for my spark plugs

Central tools make very nice torque wrenches. So does SK. Problem with spark plugs is that the torque is so low that you're actually better off buying an INCH-pound wrench. Because most ft/lb wrench start at 10. Torquing plugs to 17 isn't very accurate with one of those wrenches.

Heres a link to a really cheap source

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Old 07-03-2010, 15:50   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Good Torque wrench for my spark plugs

You have to have " THE FEEL " . If the threads are galled the torque will be wrong.
If the head threads are carboned or dirty the torque will be wrong. I can't count how many bolts i've snapped off using a torque wrench. I guarantee you will snap off connecting rod bolts using a torque wrench and they are only 40 lbs. I've snapped off lots. If you have a cheap wrench or a GOOD wrench they are only as good as the user.
Leave your wrench in the sun and the springs get soft. The torque will be out. As a
mechanic for too many years and i see " I'm not worried about money " that scares me.
Just my input but if a person has one million dollars in tools and doesn't know how to use
them what good are the tools ? Yes you need a torque wrench for engine rebuilds but you have to know when to stop. Hopefully before you hear and feel the SNAP. Something t think about. Good luck
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I always preferred the exposed pointer type over the click type myself.
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On the click type, you have to release the tension ater using them and have them calibrated every once in a while.
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Old 07-03-2010, 19:55   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Good Torque wrench for my spark plugs

Right. Even good tools wear out/break. My Proto T-wrench of late '60-s vintage, broke and had to be fixed under warranty. In industry, T-wrenches are calibrated/tested/certified before use; same as gauges.Now, since the Proto name/co. was sold, like Blackhawk et al, who knows what they are like? I can tell U that they are not the same. As for using them, all readings will be off unless done w/ clean, dry threads. When do U find this? Certainly not much if doing a repair job in the real world.
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Re: Good Torque wrench for my spark plugs

You don't need no steenkeeng torque wrench for spark plugs.

Just tighten them good and snug. Pay attention to how tight they were coming out.

But if you want a torque wrench, get one at the price you're willing to spend. My Craftsman is 15 years old, I ran it over with my Suburban and broke off the locking mechanism and it still keeps on ticking. It's $60-70 new I think. You can spend hundreds if you want but from the sound of your posts, you don't do a whole lot or you're a young buck just learning. Either way, if you're not planning on turning wrenches for a living get the craftsman or the Harbor Freight. They'll both outlive you.

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You don't need no steenkeeng torque wrench for spark plugs.

Just tighten them good and snug. Pay attention to how tight they were coming out.

But if you want a torque wrench, get one at the price you're willing to spend. My Craftsman is 15 years old, I ran it over with my Suburban and broke off the locking mechanism and it still keeps on ticking. It's $60-70 new I think. You can spend hundreds if you want but from the sound of your posts, you don't do a whole lot or you're a young buck just learning. Either way, if you're not planning on turning wrenches for a living get the craftsman or the Harbor Freight. They'll both outlive you.

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These posts just rock man, very funny.Old buck who wants to do the most I can before I go to the pros. Unfortunately the beer money was spent on the torque wrench lol!
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Thanks for the info. There is a harbor freight in my area I go there often just to see what is new.
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