How to use torque wrench for beginners (2023)


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I needed a torque wrench for working on my sons truck, I didn't realize how expensive a nice digital torque wrench can be. I ended up like most people forking out 20 bucks on a basic inch-lb wrench and stared haplessly at the numbers on the handle with no clue how it worked.

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Hey everybody,: this is Paul, again.

I just went out and one things that I realize it's gonna need as part of this 97 chevy s-10 project was a torque wrench I've, never used one of these tools and I could easily go.

Ask some friends that I know have them and know how to use them, but that really defeats the purpose of this channel and what we're doing here.


What I did was I, went down to the auto parts store and I was hoping.

I was gonna find me a real fancy.

Digital torque wrench that I could just tic up and tic.


I can set my foot pounds and then have a field day with it.

once I wanted.

Those I realized the they're pretty expensive and they're in the Rangers, a 100 to 150 dollars for a decent digital, torque, wrench and I.

Really, you know not I, don't have that kinda money thrown around tools, so I found this guy, and this is a the kinda like an off-the-wall I, don't even know what brand it is be honest with you and it's not written on any of the documentation or the little pamphlet is there's a little pamphlet that came with it and is not anywhere on there.


here's, a twenty dollar torque wrench K I, went online last night I spent about a half an hour trying to transcribed these beautiful instructions into something that would make sense to me.

I finally found one YouTube videos really good, and he answered the one question.

I had I'm, hoping that with this video I'm gonna save you about 30 minutes your day, and we can answer all your questions.

So you don't have to go online and look at a bunch, a different videos.

To get that.

One question and answer: First thing you want to do.


This is a inch pound, torque wrench.

So the irony is, I'm looking for.

foot-pound everything's in foot-pounds in my maintenance guide, so I was I, wasn't sure how many inch pounds were in a foot pound right and I felt pretty stupid when I flip this guy over and right at the bottom.

Here now its gonna catch but you'll see one foot pound equals 12 inch pounds.

Now, if you take the pound off the end of that, and you ask me Paul how many inches are in a foot, I could a told you.


We want to start with the instruction okay.

Ladies, when you he say that we never read the instructions.

It's because you're asking us to build things.

We are really not interested in in this case, where interested in this, so I'm going to read the instructions, and you know they get really cryptic.

I'm, not I'm, not familiar with the industry that built this tool and I'm not familiar with the industry and learning, but I'm not familiar with the industry that uses this tool.

So some other terminology gets a little crazy, I'm gonna read through this and then I'm gonna gonna go through the example.

Where going to do the sample and I hope that answers any questions you have about these a non digital, torque wrenches and makes to where you can actually use this thing: how to use your new torque wrench, balancing wrench in hand with gradations visible, unlock the knurled handle by turning the lock, not counterclockwise.

This said to see figure 1., so I'm.

Looking at this and I go well where's figure one? That's figure, 1 right there.

That kinda looks like the back of this guy and I.

You know and I know, hung up on a couple things like gradations and the word knurled and it spell with the K so I kept calling it canurled.

I went online and I looked up and on the Dictionary dot com and I looked up.

The word knurled in all knurled is the lathing technique.

That applies this diamond pattern into the handle.

So what they're saying is all they had to do is say, turn handle, but they say turn KNURLED handle and it throws me off again simple stuff, but okay, so we have a locked oops I took it away sorry.

We have this this right here, so I'm turn it counterclockwise to loosen up, and then you have a couple settings here.

We have the this in inch pounds on this side and on the other side, we have it in Newton how we're not from England or Europe.

So we're gonna stick with the inch pounds cuz.

I kinda works for me.

So I'm gonna go ahead and set this to 0, okay, and so now we r inch pounds and we have worked it out 0, so your ish, this particular ones within four percent on accuracy, according to the instructions.

So you can see that okay, so now what you're looking at is our graduations are set to 0 the then there's a vertical bar here you can see these little slide bars coming from numbers and those numbers count up in a increments of a 120 inch Pounds.

Their example says to set this to 504 inch pounds what you gotta do, as you turned his oops.

I keep taking this out of focus.

Are we're gonna turn this knurled handle clockwise to you, move it move it up, and it's going to slide up this arm here until we get to the right setting okay, so it's gonna be kinda hard for me to do this, while you're watching but I'm gonna, give it my best shot.

So, as you can see, is a turn this, it slides up the bar.

Alright, we want to take it to 480, because we're gonna set this to 504 and so where's.

My 480 is up there and up their end up there.

So we're gonna take this to 480 and you see what I'm doing is I'm stopping I gotta set it to 0 right at to 480 there.

It is okay, so I'm going to let this focus again.

Alright and you can see, there's the 480.

You see it comes down his ear.

That slide touches the vertical Bar and its at 0.

So now we're a 400 eighty foot-pounds of torque and my memory that I think that's forty pounds, foot-pounds of torque for 480 inch pounds of torque so now I need to get to 504.

So what I will do is I'm gonna.

Take this what they call the graduations and I'm gonna go I'm gonna count up two.

one two.

This is actually I believe it's.

Basically, this is foot-pounds, so two foot-pounds two times 12 would be 24 so I'm sitting at 480 on my little chart here so I'm gonna click.

This I'm gonna move this over to where the two lines up with the vertical line comes.

Did it because it gets kinda? That's coming turkey it on their her got okay.

So now the two is on a vertical line: okay- and you see we're just passed the 480 that for a slide mark okay.

So now that two represents and set this back down for second, the two represents 24- inch pounds of pressures.

So you add the 24 inch pounds to the 480.

Any get 504 inch pounds of pressure.

So when they talk about setting in the instructions they're using example, 504 inch pounds that translates to forty two foot, pounds of pressure being applied to the bolt so I hope this so was informative.

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How to use torque wrench for beginners? ›

Step 1: Set your torque wrench value to the desired torque setting based on the job. Some models feature a double-end drive that can be used for tightening and loosening. Step 2: Position the torque wrench on the nut or bolt and begin making adjustments.

What is the very first thing to do when using torque wrench? ›

Step 1: Set your torque wrench value to the desired torque setting based on the job. Some models feature a double-end drive that can be used for tightening and loosening. Step 2: Position the torque wrench on the nut or bolt and begin making adjustments.

What are three rules of torque wrenches? ›

-Always grip handle firmly in the centre of the grip. -Approach final torque slowly and evenly. -Stop pulling wrench immediately when target torque is reached. -Torque Wrench should be properly cleaned and stored.

Do you hand tighten before using torque wrench? ›

To ensure your torque wrench does its job properly, take your time with your work. Begin by tightening the nuts by hand. Then set your torque wrench to the precise setting you need. Twist the torque wrench slowly to make sure you hear a click when you apply the proper twisting force.

Do you push or pull a torque wrench? ›

Always pull, rather than push, a wrench for greater control and balance. That way, if the nut or bolt should suddenly loosen, you're less likely to go flying. Never try to get more torque from a wrench by using a cheater bar or other device to extend the leverage.

How many times should you click a torque wrench? ›

For accurate results, one click is enough

Users often allow torque wrenches to click multiple times, without being aware of the additional torque being applied to the bolts. Operate your torque wrench in a smooth and steady manner and remember that one click is enough.

Is it OK to loosen bolts with a torque wrench? ›

A torque wrench is a tightening tool.

It is a very sensitive and precise tightening tool, and should never been used to loosen bolts.

Will a torque wrench keep tightening after click? ›

Once you achieve the amount of twisting force you need on a bolt or nut, the spring-loaded lever cuts loose and produces a clicking sound to let you know you can stop twisting. However, a torque wrench will continue turning the bolt, nut, or fastener even after the click.

What is the first thing you would check before using a torque wrench? ›

To ensure that a torque wrench is accurate, it's necessary to check the calibration of the wrench before use. Typically, users can calibrate torque wrench accuracy to within ±4 percent, though top-of-the-line products may have a more precise accuracy range.

What is the 20 rule for torque wrenches? ›

Try the suspect wrench-it should break away before turning that bolt. Then, loosen the bolt and tighten it to 20% with the suspect wrench. Check the bolt with the other wrench. If the bolt does not turn, your suspect wrench is probably good for that torque value.

What is the rule of thumb for bolt torque? ›

A common rule-of-thumb is to provide a minimum length of thread engagement equal to the (major) diameter of the fastener. A more conservative rule-of-thumb is to use a thread engagement length of 1-1/2 times diameter.

Should a torque wrench be set to zero after use? ›

A torque wrench in regular use doesn't need to be wound back. If you expect to store a torque wrench for more than a few weeks, always wind it down to the lowest scale setting (never to zero). Storing a fully loaded torque wrench can result in a set in the spring, weakening the spring over time.

Do you turn torque wrench clockwise or counterclockwise? ›

To tighten a nut or bolt, turn the wrench clockwise. To loosen a nut or bolt, turn the wrench counterclockwise.

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