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This is a discussion on Torque Wrench within the General forums, part of the Snowmobiles category; I dont know ive never used one of these before, i dont really know what click im looking for. I tried it on different bolts ...

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    I dont know ive never used one of these before, i dont really know what click im looking for. I tried it on different bolts and i couldnt seem to find the click there either.
    It came with a certificate saying it was calibrated withing +/-4%, what could i have done that possibly messed up the calibration?

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    You have to kind of tighten it until it clickes then "rock" on it and make sure it clicks again. 17 ft lbs is not very much at all especially with a long lever such as a torque wrech. Also, make sure you get it right between ft lbs and inch lbs. Torque wreches use a spring inside to work so over time they will wear out and not be accurate. Storing them set at a torque setting will also stress the spring...store it set to zero so the spring is not compressed.

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    You're not going to feel much of a click. Just listen carefully, youll probaby be able to feel it. My last job required die fixtures to be bolted in at 200 lbs Per bolt, using a torque wrench it took a couple good high intensity jerks to get it to click. I'd imagine 17lbs won't take much.

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    No 17 ft pounds won't have very much of a click at all my job has fixtures that need to be torqued to 23 ft pounds right now and you basically have to watch the wrench to see it give and "click"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh603 View Post
    Service manual says to torque the head nuts to 17-18 ftlbs. i set the wrench to 5 ftlbs just to start. Every single bolt snapped... why?

    I already put my fist through the wall once.
    This is why I hate clicker type torque wrenches. I am old school and I like the old beam style torque wrenches. I am very sorry you have to learn this the hard way. I learned it the same way, by breaking studs waiting for a click. The best torque wrench for small engines is a 3/8 drive beam type. I have only seen them in Craftsman but I'm sure there are others. A 1/2 drive may work if you were careful but they aren't as sensitive at those lower torque specs.

    I have rebuilt many many car/motorcycle/sled engines over the last 40 years with the same old craftsman torque wrenches. Never any failures to due incorrect bolt torque. My clicker is still taking up space in my tool box but hasn't been used in 20 years. I should have beat the crap out of that thing and threw it away the first time it failed me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh603 View Post
    Service manual says to torque the head nuts to 17-18 ftlbs. i set the wrench to 5 ftlbs just to start. Every single bolt snapped... why?

    I already put my fist through the wall once.
    Get one like THIS style:

    Sears.com

    Costs more but no complaints.

    Oh, and this style doesn't need a Youtube video to learn how to use it after you buy it.
    And no pre-use set up needed either.


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