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Forgive my hardware ignorance but which size torque wrench (1/2, 3/8) should I get that works with this tool I got for the wheels?

 

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I assume the craftsman 3/8 microtork will work as well? I prefer the smaller size.
 

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Ok a potentially dumb question. But after looking at all the these wrench they all have the same piece at the end which definitely doesnt magically stick to that piece i have. It looks like it should just be a hole there. Does that piece come out on the torque wrenches?
 

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Either size torque wrench will work. You just need one that goes to at least 77 ft lbs. The socket you put on it (17mm?) will make it fit your wheel tool.

Once you get the torque wrench and use it. Store it in the "zero" position. (with no torque setting set on the wrench) It will keep it from going out of calibration and being innaccurate.
 

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The naivete of the questions causes me to wonder whether someone else shouldn't be tightening (or loosening) your wheels.....
I'll be fine. Besides... I had a secret agent do it for me the first time. But this is definitely something that is not rocket science and I shouldn't have a problem doing. Once I get a torque wrench that is.
 

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The naivete of the questions causes me to wonder whether someone else shouldn't be tightening (or loosening) your wheels.....
one of the best posts ever written.
LOL
now seriously, to the OP, make sure when you are tightening your wheels that you use the correct pattern ( a star or an x depending on the bolt pattern) when tightening them up.
get them all snug, and then torque them down.
 

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For what it's worth, I have a big selection of different torque wrenches (I have around 8 of them). But I use a half inch drive torque wrench for the lug nuts/bolts of my cars. You want to target the middle of the range of the torque values for the most accuracy - the torque wrenches are less accurate (but still fine) at either end of their range.

A half inch drive torque wrench is a bit longer, allowing you more control when you are applying the torque to the lugs - it makes it easier, and does a better job.

A 3/8 inch drive torque wrench will do the job, and you may need it for other bolts/nuts on the car, but for the "big" stuff, you should also have a 1/2 inch drive.
 

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...also, don't use the torque wrench for breaking the bolts loose. Tightening only.
Thanks. I have a regular wrench that fits just right to get the job done for loosening the wheel bolts.
 
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