Fluid Changes without torque wrench

Discussion in 'Oil' started by bigcletus, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. bigcletus

    bigcletus Active Member

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    Is it possible, to tighten the plugs (oil, tranny etc) without a torque wrench, and without damaging the drains ??

    I don't have one..is it something "critical" ?? Anyone do it without ??

    Thanks
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    just buy one ya spent 20k on the hd .. can it be done sure .. but if you over tighten and say crack the oil pan .. thats only 3-400 for the pan then labor to install same with trans and primary cover.. you dont need a 500$ TQ wrench buy one from harbor freight they are cheap and will work for the oil drains
     
  3. bigcletus

    bigcletus Active Member

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    lol...thanks Bud...I found a few other posts on TQ wrenches. I guess I just needed a "push" .

    Would a 1/2 or 3/8 be better for fluid changes (that's probably all I'll ever really do)
     
  4. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    3/8 should be plenty for that.
     
  5. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    3/8ths would be fine
     
  6. jdaws

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    The plugs just need to be snug enough so they can't come loose. Just make sure the seals are in good conditon to do their job.
     
  7. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Fluid changes should be routine, but why work shorthanded and not use the right tools? That would be like trying to do service with one hand tied behind your back. The key here is if you want to be sucessful, do not take short cuts the first time around. Nothing worse than a new Do It Yourself project starting off with an unsucessful or disasterous (read expensive) disassembly. Most servicers also charge more if you did the work on it yourself. The key is to plan for sucess, by having the right tools, service manual and "reherse the steps" before actually doing them. You may realize that you forgot to get o-rings or gaskets, or Blue Locktite to seal/lock the fasteners in place and use "wet" thread torque value.

    Do go to tool discounters for specialized tools like torque wrenches, micrometers, lifts etc. that are metal (stainless steel or hardened alloys are preferred) verses very expensive if name branded ones (use as visual examples to understand quality). And be patient...I go to garage sales when looking for tools, sometimes old school tools are better than new ones. Do look over this site regarding the SEARCH tab (type in key words to find related threads) and the SELF HELP tab for tips and details and how to do service better.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2010
  8. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Also, might want to go with "in-lbs" vs. "ft-lbs" b/c most of the routine items you'll work on are lighter torque value. You can always up-convert in to ft lbs, if necessary.
     
  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Torque wrench is the best way to be sure you dont over do the plugs i got my first one as a 21st birhday present from dad along with a socket set with the note tahat if you are using a socket to tighten up a bolt youll need a torque wrench
    if you use a spanner then its length is determined by the size of the head that it works on so that you shouldnt be able to over torque it

    Brian
     
  10. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    thats a good point ya should have one in both as hd does flip flop a ton