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Question about torque wrench

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Question about torque wrench

my bad as I am trying to learn something new here..
i have the breaker bar and torque wrench. Both of them are 1/2" and I realize all my sockets are 3/8"

I want to use them on removing and reinstall the lug nuts on the wheels. So, does it have any harm or dangerous or any concern if i get the 1/2-inch Female to 3/8-inch Male Drive Adapter to attach both the torque wrench and my sockets?

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/husky- ... 1001004460

if i can just get the adapter, then i dont have to spend more $$$ on another set of sockets.

thank you..
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Better off with a dedicated 1/2 socket set, reason it would throw off the torque wretch, it it be fine with socket, but might loose %30 strength loosing bolts.


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From what I've seen, you won't have any problem using an adapter. Obviously the adapter would be the weak link if you were trying to loosen something, but it'll be able to handle any typical wheel nuts/lugs.
You also won't lose any significant accuracy with the torque wrench. Worst problem is that it will be annoying to have to use the adapter. If you use the adapter with an impact gun, you will lose power with that.
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akito925 wrote: Better off with a dedicated 1/2 socket set, reason it would throw off the torque wretch, it it be fine with socket, but might loose %30 strength loosing bolts.


https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8638124e
thank you for that link..that price is good..but i need to double check if it has the size i want for my wheel lug nuts..
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engineered wrote: From what I've seen, you won't have any problem using an adapter. Obviously the adapter would be the weak link if you were trying to loosen something, but it'll be able to handle any typical wheel nuts/lugs.
You also won't lose any significant accuracy with the torque wrench. Worst problem is that it will be annoying to have to use the adapter. If you use the adapter with an impact gun, you will lose power with that.
jackrabbit000 wrote: For wheel lug nuts the adapter will be fine.
let's say i need to set the torque wrench to 73lb to tighten the wheel nuts, will it lose few lb if i use the adapter on the torque?
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kiasu wrote: let's say i need to set the torque wrench to 73lb to tighten the wheel nuts, will it lose few lb if i use the adapter on the torque?
No you won't. That said, I usually add a few ft-lbs to be safe. My car requires 88ft-lbs, i set it to 90ft-lbs. I would set your torque wrench to 75ft-lbs.
Keep in mind that car factories consider +/-10% within tolerance, so anywhere from 65.7 to 80.3ft-lbs would be fine.
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Just buy a single 1/2" deep socket, it'd be the same price. Then you don't have to mess with the adapter.
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Just to clarify, one shouldn’t be using a torque wrench to loosen things.
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mrweather wrote: Just to clarify, one shouldn’t be using a torque wrench to loosen things.
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Adapter won't make a difference, but like it's been mentioned above, it's just the weak link in the system. Get a set of 1/2 impact sockets and you'll have them forever.
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I would spend the $5 on the proper 1/2" socket, instead of an adapter.
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mxthor3 wrote: Adapter won't make a difference, but like it's been mentioned above, it's just the weak link in the system. Get a set of 1/2 impact sockets and you'll have them forever.
derass wrote: I would spend the $5 on the proper 1/2" socket, instead of an adapter.
any good set with reasonable price on 1/2" sockets?
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who cares about the adapter being the weak link

unless op drives an 18 wheeler, no one's breaking 3/8" socket adapter doing wheel lug
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blackn54 wrote: who cares about the adapter being the weak link

unless op drives an 18 wheeler, no one's breaking 3/8" socket adapter doing wheel lug
I've busted a 1/2 breaker bar trying to get a lugnut off that some wheel jockey blasted on. Putting them on and torqueing them properly is the easy part...

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