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Proper use of a torque wrench

A torque wrench is a powerful yet sensitive piece of equipment. When used correctly it can mean the difference between a job well done and job gone wrong.

Proper torquing is easy as long as you remember a few simple rules. One, never use a toque wrench to loosen bolts. Two, never use any object to hit or pry on a torque wrench, These things will result in damage and or improper readings.

The proper method for torquing is to be ready to apply the correct amount of force. Anything over 60-70 lbs may be hard for some people. Get assistance if needed. Not applying the correct pressure (stopping mid pull) may bind the wrench. Use a steady pull until the click is heard or felt, never tug or bounce the wrench.

Following these steps will help insure a proper assembly no matter what it is. Work safe and work smart. Happy building

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Big job, good luck. You need the workshop manual and you need a good quality torque wrench.

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you could possibly get the tensions by going google and typing in--- head tension s for renault megane 2.0 l engine
torque settings in ft/lbs or newton meters is a by gone thing as the better method of stretching the bolts is to do it by angles
by using a torque wrench the bolt stretch ( tension) has variables like bolt thread finish, thread lubrication, bolts bottoming out from gunk/oil in the hole , uncalibrated tension wrenches , all of which means that not all head studs are pulled down to the correct stretch
By using angles , the head tension becomes uniform

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If you are referring the the collector the specs are:
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You should use a torque wrench that is sensitive at low torques. I bought an "inch pound" torque wrench for delicate items like injectors and just convert the foot pounds to inch pounds.

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the cylinder head gasket has blown. how do i change it and do i need a torque wrench?


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