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Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? #4784795
06/12/18 11:27 AM
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Hi all! Time for new struts,98 buick lesabre.I've done struts,before,never used a torque wrench. Watching some YouTube vids last night, front struts,they used a big torque wrench,for the 2 bolts,bottom end of struts. 140 ft.lbs. I figured,use use a breaker bar, socket,and tighten till it won't tighten no more. Would that work,or torque wrench mandatory?

Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784798
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Mandatory? No..

.. but I would HIGHLY recommend you use one. You don't mess with suspension components.


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784803
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A pull handle will be fine, I use a impact.

Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784808
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Originally Posted By: ziggy
I figured,use use a breaker bar, socket,and tighten till it won't tighten no more. Would that work,or torque wrench mandatory?


140 ft.lb isn't as much as you think, you can easily put over 250 ft.lb on a 24" breaker bar. Use a TW, experienced feel has its place ham fisted does not.


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784811
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I've done struts before,no issues...just made me think,what if,you know? I've always used a breaker bar,socket,tighten till it won't tighten anymore,than give a good 1/4 too half turn..

Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784814
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If they are pinch bolts just crank them with the breaker bar, or impact. A few impact pulses probably puts it around there? Rust will help keep it tight, lol.

What you should really have the TW for is the nut on top of the strut that connects it to the strut mount. On my car, you need special tools to torque it. I never do and feel guilty afterwards.

Last edited by maxdustington; 06/12/18 11:57 AM.

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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784822
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I recommend impacting to spec, which means holding down the trigger until the bolt stops turning. wink


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: The Critic] #4784825
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Originally Posted By: The Critic
I recommend impacting to spec, which means holding down the trigger until the bolt stops turning. wink


Exactly one brap.

But in all seriousness, use a torque wrench.


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784833
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Exactly one brap When Charlie worked on his'47 chain drive Sterling he used "creaks" grin2


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784837
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If it goes to "crack" it's too much. A torque wrench can be had for $50.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 06/12/18 12:27 PM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784852
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It's the bottom 2 bolts,not the top end ones,front of struts. Oh!those 2 boltd..are they also,the camber bolts? Be also known as clevis bolts.might wanna get 4 new ones.

Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784935
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AZ, Advanced, or O'Reilly's has loaners you can use for free.
Check back on my previous posts to see how you can validate calibration with a bench vise and free weight.

There is no reason not to do this right.



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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4784945
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You don't really need to, but a torque wrench is like $10-20 at Harbor Freight smile

Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4784973
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Better than attacking it with a breaker bar till it wont go any tighter or it breaks and he ends up on his arse breaker bar, socket, broken bolt and all.


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Re: Will I need torque wrench to do strut bolts? [Re: ziggy] #4785111
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Those bottom bolts are massively huge, way bigger than lug studs. I give them serious beans. If you have camber slots in your new struts the friction/clamping force of those bolts is the only thing holding your alignment kosher.

Break them loose with your breaker bar and develop the muscle memory of that event.

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