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Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? #2818769
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I understand that if you use anti-seize or some kind of lubricant, you need to reduce the recommended torque values for a bolt by about 20%.

However, if you use Loctite, do you need to do the same? I ask because Loctite is not a slick, greasy lubricant like anti-seize is. It is simply wet, and you are only putting a few drops on several threads (usually).

For instance, if you use Loctite on the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts, would it be prudent to reduce the torque spec by 20%?

Thanks.


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2818778
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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2818809
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Nope. Torque the bolt to the typical 'dry' torque value.


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2818846
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You may see a lot of different opinions on this. However, Loctite suggests that there be no change in "on-torque" values. So, torque to dry spec for all Loctite Purple, Blue, Red...

Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2818875
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This is a question i have had for long time also.
I cant find a concrete answer.
I was also of the understanding that it didn't effect the torque value.

When GM started recommending it on the upper plastic intakes on 3800 GEN II engines they didn't change the torque spec.
When you tried the same torque there was no way, the bolt would snap or you could put a crack in the plastic bolt boss.

I tried the spec torque on clean dry threads and noted the torque angle at 10lb from the 5lb setting.
With the Loctite it was much more. 20% sounds about right as at 8lb i had the same angle with the loctite applied.

This was totally unscientific, just a hack measurement but yes there was a difference. You may want to try the same and see what you get.

I know the OEM bolts with pre coated dry thread locker there is no measurable difference.


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2818879
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Originally Posted By: The Critic
For instance, if you use Loctite on the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts, would it be prudent to reduce the torque spec by 20%?

Do not change the torque figures.

I have never personally come across any brake assembly that required Loctite. Why are you wanting to use it?


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: Tegger] #2818910
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Originally Posted By: Tegger
Originally Posted By: The Critic
For instance, if you use Loctite on the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts, would it be prudent to reduce the torque spec by 20%?

Do not change the torque figures.

I have never personally come across any brake assembly that required Loctite. Why are you wanting to use it?



The brake caliper mounting bracket bolts (if what Critic is describing is what I think it is) often have Loctite on them. The other side of that though, is I don't know if I've paid attention to a torque spec on those, I always just sock them down.

Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: Tegger] #2818969
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Originally Posted By: Tegger
Originally Posted By: The Critic
For instance, if you use Loctite on the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts, would it be prudent to reduce the torque spec by 20%?

Do not change the torque figures.

I have never personally come across any brake assembly that required Loctite. Why are you wanting to use it?



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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: Tegger] #2818975
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Originally Posted By: Tegger
Originally Posted By: The Critic
For instance, if you use Loctite on the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts, would it be prudent to reduce the torque spec by 20%?

Do not change the torque figures.

I have never personally come across any brake assembly that required Loctite. Why are you wanting to use it?



I know that VW uses thread locker not only on the bracket bolts, but also on caliper sliding pins.


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2819006
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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: Gotch] #2819037
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Quote:
Benefits of Loctite® Threadlockers
•• Lock nuts and bolts against vibration and thermal expansion
•• Seal against corrosion and leakage
•• Reduce inventory costs
•• Suitable for all shapes and sizes of fasteners
•• Act as a thread lubricant
••Maintain critical adjustments of the assembly
•• No on-torque adjustments needed
•• High chemical resistance


Its the thread lubricant part that i wonder about. I have always understood torque figures were for clean dry threads unless otherwise specified.
Quote:
No on-torque adjustments needed

I cant figure this out. Do they mean you don't need to adjust the torque setting or you don't need to re torque?


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2819107
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I always thought torque specs were for clean & lightly lubricated threads, NOT dry... Anyway that's how I've torqued mine for the last 40 years or so, never had a issue...

Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2819154
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Blue loctite on every nut and bolt I mess with, especially in the wheel well. This saves so much hastle with seized rusty threads when you live in the rust belt.

No change in torque either.


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Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: The Critic] #2819201
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That reduced 20% torque thing is not an absolute, for sure.
This varies widely for a bunch of reasons. As someone pointed out somewhere in BITOG, on the threads is way different that also being on the mating surface. Mating surface lube really slicks thing up.

With a lubricant like Locktite on the threads, I certainly would not OVER torque any parts!
Go 5% under and sleep well.

Re: Loctite on bolts - effect on torque values? [Re: TFB1] #2819271
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I just checked a bunch of manuals and they spec clean dry threads.
Quote:
Torque nuts & bolts with clean and dry threads unless otherwise specified in the maintenance manual.
Do not lubricate nut or bolt threads unless otherwise specified in the maintenance manual.


This is a decent chart. I guess the best way is to find out what the FSM recommends wet/dry and use their torque specs.
20-30% for lube thread looks right though.

looking at 1/4" bolt (i was torquing a 6mm) my angle observation was very close.

http://raskcycle.com/techtip/webdoc14.html


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