Torque wrenches have foot/inch variants !

Jonathan_M

So me and my friend often team up when it's time for repairs on our cars. Thing is, we don't know everything.

Hey there, Just got back from "almost" helping my friend out with his '99 Silverado intake manifold gasket.
we're both welders, we know the basics about bolts and tightening them. but we're not engineers or car specialists...

So, everything in my story was fine until I said : ''hey better look and adjust your torque wrench right'' with a dumb tone as a joke.
then we both looked on the wrench like geniuses and then the revolution came and tonight
we both learned that some wrenches got their adjustments made in ft/lbs and others in/lbs.

Since we're both real geniuses,
we tried to convert feet to inches but that didn't work either cause we needed to torque the manifold at 44 IN/Lbs for the first pass and then 88in/lbs for the second pass and the wrench's lowest setting is at 30 ft/lbs torque.
So we put an asbestos blanket on it and went back to our beers...

Obviously loose bolts will allow leaks and over-tightened bolts will end up cracking or damaging the plastic somehow.

What I want to know is if there's anything bad bound to happen with a close-to-slightly over/under tightened cover-valve or an intake manifold gasket (we'll have to do cover valve soon, so I figured I'd ask about it too)

given our trades, having that knowledge might come in handy in the future with more than just our cars.

that's about it.

thank you for your time and knowledge :)

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Jonathan_M
Jonathan_M

I guess air leaks might affect the seal in the long run... alright thanks for the info.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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too loose, you can get air leaks. Too tight, things can crack