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    Frank
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    Torque wrench

    I have an inexpensive Sears torque wrench and I am sure it is not the most accurate tool. I don't use it really that much and do most tightening by feel. I know I should use one more often.

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    What do you use? They range from $20 to many $100 for the most fanciest wrenches with digital readouts. What's the best choice for the DIY car mechanic? What type and brand are good quality and reasonably priced?

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    i'm out.... i use fancy expensive ones lol

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    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnsside42 View Post
    i'm out.... i use fancy expensive ones lol
    That's why I mentioned "DIY car mechanic" and "good quality and reasonably priced". I would gladly spend the money for the best tools if I had to use them every day and my job depended on it.

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    I use one that clicks. Slightly more expensive but still cheap. I want a new one. 20 years is long enough to use one. I use it only about 12 times per year, 8 of those times on wheels.

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    Frank I have one like you pictured up top from my Dad who has owned it for years. I am sure it isn't within spec but I do use it some.

    Right now I have been using a Harbor Frieght one because my old Sears version has been super unreliable. And right now I don't use my torque wrench enough to justify buying the best.
    1/2" Torque Wrench

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    I bought this Neiko off Amazon, which I use for torquing wheel bolts and nuts. I leave the wrench at home as I don't want it flopping around in my trunk to come off calibration. Wrenches like these are calibrated once every two years according to the US Army TMDE (Test, Measurement and Diagnostics Equipment Program), or whenever the wrench is dropped. I avoid dropping mine at all costs and keep it stored at the bottom of my tool rollaway just to prevent me forgetting about it and dropping it when I open the door. I know it's only a $24 tool, but it's $24 I'd rather spend elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicavenger View Post
    Frank I have one like you pictured up top from my Dad who has owned it for years. I am sure it isn't within spec but I do use it some.

    Right now I have been using a Harbor Frieght one because my old Sears version has been super unreliable. And right now I don't use my torque wrench enough to justify buying the best.
    1/2" Torque Wrench
    That's the one I have. $21. Also bought a flexible shaft for the drill (great for under dash), a headlamp, and some tiny rt angle screwdriver ratchet. all for less than $30

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