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Stop using your torque wrench to break bolts loose! It wasn't designed for that and will mess up the calibration. Use a cheater or a breaker.
Thanks for the pics!
Although it is not a good practice or recommended to break torque on a nut or bolt hold. Just me, I would have seen the need for a longer tool for more leverage and bought one ahead of time. Some people take on a task without getting all the tools required and then run into a predicament where they now how parts and pieces taken apart and can't get to a store to buy additional tools. So having a tool with leverage handy at the time, I could see how one would use it. After that then go out and buy a breaker bar.
No reason to be so blatant with your post. Another approach is to give the negative affects of useing a torque wrench in this manner rather than for it's intended purpose. The approach I would take:
The negative affects of using a torque wrench to break the torque of a bolt or nut are the following:
1. the springs and inner workings take a beating each time a difficult nut is broken loose
2. unscrewing nuts and bolts will just wear out the springs and the mechanism faster, and the torque readings that it gives will be compromised
3. a torgue wrench is designed to have a precise calibration for a certain number of cycles (3000 to 5000) after those cycles or time period has been met, recalibration is recommended.
"After several heat cycles and the accumulation of dirt and grime that can coat everything in a race car, a bolt can gall against the threads and require a lot more torque to remove than was required to originally install. Most of us donít watch the torque when loosening bolts, so itís quite possible to exceed the maximum torque loading of a wrench when breaking bolts loose. The wrench will still function in terms of tightening or loosening bolts, but by exceeding its maximum torque limit loosening that tight bolt may have thrown off the calibration."
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