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post #16 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-06-2018, 10:41 AM
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Yeah, I changed a lot of water pumps in my yoot,
but it never occurred to me to grab a torque wrench.

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Just don't strip out the bolts going into the alum timing chain cover....theres that fine line between tight enough and yelling oh sh_t lol.... A cheap harbor freight or used one is better than none till you get the feel of tight enough.
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Yeah, I changed a lot of water pumps in my yoot,
but it never occurred to me to grab a torque wrench.
Same here. Only had one or two bolt issues. Usually corroded and
needed replacement before reassembly. Good quality bolts, in the
size used on water pumps, you'd have to really crank on to get them
to snap. If you chase the bolt holes problems are unlikely.

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I had the opposite problem. Made it 25 years of classic Mustang ownership and never had an inch-pound wrench. Borrowed one from a buddy when we set up my 8.8 rear end last year. I’m probably due for a purchase.

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They are very inexpensive. I've purchased two from Harbor Freight for about $12-15 a wrench. I've also seen them at O'Reilly's or Autozone for less than $20 a piece. That and the measuring calipers I bought from Home Depot have helped out tremendously in the years that I've been working on cars.
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One review that I read about torque wrench was to turn the adjustment all the way down before storing the wrench. This takes the tension off to keep the accuracy. YMMV
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"They are very inexpensive. I've purchased two from Harbor Freight for about $12-15 a wrench. I've also seen them at O'Reilly's or Autozone for less than $20 a piece. That and the measuring calipers I bought from Home Depot have helped out tremendously in the years that I've been working on cars."


And they're accurate to what +/- 40 lb ft and/or .002"? Not something I'd use. If you NEED a tq wrench or ANY measuring device, spend the money for quality or borrow them from someone that has good tools and will let you. On that note, small stuff, water pump, oil pan, etc, is common sense as stated before. Critical tq, like rods/main caps/heads, a good tq wrench vs a cheapo inaccurate can cost you an engine.
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I got two torque wrenches from HF, and they both seem to work just fine, and as much as I use them, $12 each was a great deal.

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One review that I read about torque wrench was to turn the adjustment all the way down before storing the wrench. This takes the tension off to keep the accuracy. YMMV
Good practice yes, but not required on split beam wrenches.

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not required on split beam wrenches.
How would you do that? LOL

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How would you do that? LOL
By adjusting the knob...you must be thinking of beam torque wrench. Not the same as a split beam....LOL.

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Your calculation is correct (168 inch lbs = 14 ft lbs) so no worries there. As far as accuracy, if you're shooting for the middle number, you should be OK. A little too tight, a little too loose, still within range.
You should buy a big one for the bigger torques. The inch-pound wrenches are limited, and with either wrench FWIW, shoot for the middle number and you should be good.

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Thanks everyone for the input. I do plan on buying a foot pound torque wrench in the near future.

I torque the bolts and re-torqued. And checked for leaks around the pump during the engine run. I'm good there. I do need a new lower hose, ordered the concours style and should be here in a few days.

II can only stare at it now. 😉
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everyone should have a basic beam type ft./ lb. torque wrench. Even if you only use rarely.

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Ps photo is generic, but my Craftsman beam torque wrench is 50 years old and has outlasted several ((expensive) click types.
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