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Old 09-23-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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I'm being a cheap-*** and don't want to buy a small accurate torque wrench.

Is 9 lb-ft torque handtight w/ a handheld socket? I have no reference.



I'm going to replace the oil pan gasket on my Integra. These are notorious for leaks caused by over-torquing.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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i'd say unless it affects calibration you'd be fine.
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I wouldn't take a chance on it springing a leak again. Inconsistant torque, I'm betting, is as bad as over or under torquing. If it can move around as it heats, it could leak again.

Get a cheap inch pound torque wrench. It probably wont be the last time you use it. 9 ft. lbs. is 108 in. lbs.
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Is 9 lb-ft torque handtight w/ a handheld socket? I have no reference.
Put a socket on a 1-foot long ratchet, put about 9 pounds of force on the end of the ratchet and you have about 9 lb-ft. It's easier to put consistent pressure on the end of a lever than it is to apply a consistent twisting force using a nut driver.

Or just buy an in-lb torque wrench.
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go to a parts store and loan one for a day.
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Use a one foot socket wrench and a fish scale (spring type).

Or buy a friggin' torque wrench.
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