[s-cars] Torque wrench and crank bolt

Marc Swanson mswanson at mswanson.com
Thu Nov 20 11:46:45 EST 2003

Personally, I never use a torque wrench when I tighten the crank bolts
on my cars.  My theory is that it is nearly impossible to over-tighten
that bolt, so I usually just grab the 6' piece of pipe over my 1/2"
breaker bar pull with about 2 grunts worth of force ;-)

If you wanted to be more accurate you could just use a little quick
math:  length of torque arm in feet * your weight = force applied to
bolt.  so if you weigh 150 pounds just put all of your weight on the end
of a 2' torque arm and you got yourself 300ft/lbs.

Best Regards

87' 4ktq
88' 90q

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