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Old 12-06-2015, 09:35 AM   #11
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I bought a craftsmen for my 5.0 TA, if failed after about 6-months. Sears did not cover it. Read the fine print, its only covered for 90 days. I've since bought a Kobalt clicker, a much better tool than the Craftsmen.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:39 AM   #12
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Harbor Freight sells a lot of junk tools. They also sell Pittsburgh-brand torque wrenches. Car Craft Magazine has given them a thumbs up.... "Impressive Accuracy... amazing value." On sale, I bought a 1/2" drive for $9.99. For something used a couple of times a year, I'm happy.


It's on sale again with a coupon! 1/2" Torque Wrench
When I worked on my vehicles and used my mechanic tools all the time, I bought only high quality tools. But for a torque wrench to leave in the truck , I bought one of these at Harbor Freight on sale. Whether it would hold up to daily use is questionable, but as Donna says, for something used a couple of times of year, I'm more than satisfied with it.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:39 AM   #13
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Crapsman tools are really not worth buying, especially for us who use them working at all. Sure, most of their tools have a great warranty, either replacement or repair, but when you have to spend an hour or so fairly often to deal with it, they totally lose an value gained in the price.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:25 AM   #14
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How can a torque wrench that costs $10.00 have any accuracy to it? Might be OK for wheels but not for engine heads. I have a Mac torque wrench that cost over $250.00 years ago and will spend more than that to have it recalibrated.

I torque the wheels on all of my vehicles and the worst offenders are these tire shops and garages the chop on wheels with an air impact and call themselves done. Sometimes next to impossible to get off if you need to change a flat on the road, even with a breaker bar. Loren
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:37 AM   #15
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Tire Bozos

Right- you have to ask them to hand torque, which they will do, maybe with a remark about how you'll have to wait a little longer. Those chrome nuts on the alloy wheels are kind of soft and an air wrench will nick them. Happened only once on one wheel when dealing with the brake lock-up. Learned my lesson; watch them like a hawk
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:52 AM   #16
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My son-in-law has my torque wrench.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:57 AM   #17
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My son-in-law has my torque wrench.
At least you know where it is then!
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Thanks for all this great info! I feel like I'm in a shop listening to mechanics talk.
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:22 AM   #19
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Bet most have read at least one edition of Popular Mechanics....either that or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
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I did as Donna D suggested and bought the Harbor Freight torque wrench but for $14.99.
It rides in my tool tub in the back of my truck. I have a tendancy to overtighten things and the torque wrench. helps me control my problem.
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