A Harbor Freight 1/4" torque wrench is about $20. It's as accurate as more expensive ones.Has anyone tried any bicycle type preset torque wrenches for those little fasteners? I have read reviews and they are supposed to be pretty accurate and handy. kfh000
I will call you on the Harbor Freight comparison to a "brand name" torque wrench. I bought one thinking I could leave it on the bench to check something I do on clutch baskets. Save my KD for other things. At 7 lb ft of torque setting it would not click till WAY above that setting. Had I not tested it on a fastener held in a vise.....A Harbor Freight 1/4" torque wrench is about $20. It's as accurate as more expensive ones.
Me I would use a 1/4" drive ratchet and try to tighten them a bit. I would doubt that they are loose though unless the cases have been split in the past. Typically they would have thread locker from the factory.
Torque is only critical there to not snap off the bolts. You can't warp the case!
Ancedotal but my son is a professional mechanic and checked Harbor Freight torque wrenches against the other mechanics Snapon wrenches when the Snapon truck came by one time.I will call you on the Harbor Freight comparison to a "brand name" torque wrench...
In that case, I'd cut a small piece of 1/16" or even 1/8" thick aluminum stock as long as the area that's leaking and wide enough to bridge the seam between the two cases. I'd put the Permatex onto the piece of aluminum stock, press it against the leaking area, and then use something like scissor jack from a car to keep the aluminum piece in place until the Permatex cures. The pressure from the jack against the aluminum piece should force the Permatex into any gaps, and the pressure from the jack would form the mechanical hold between the engine cases and the aluminum piece until the Permatex cures. Would that work?Permatex Ultra Black is good stuff.
But won't do a thing smeared over a leak like this. It is designed to be the sealer used when you put those two crankcase halves together. It needs a mechanical hold to keep it in place while it seals.
You can also clean it again / warm it up and tape some toilet paper along the bottom in front of and behind the drain plug to see which way the oil is coming from.put a piece of paper or cardboard under it every time so you can catch the oil and see what's coming out. Then make your determination.
Yes but for how long and how consistently?Ancedotal but my son is a professional mechanic and checked Harbor Freight torque wrenches against the other mechanics Snapon wrenches when the Snapon truck came by one time.
The HF wrenches were closer to the actual torque values. All the Snapon driver had to say was "how about that".
My son had been using the HF wrenches for a few years, hasn't broken them. He works on heavy equipment too.