Torquing head bolts, old style and new

Asked by honor Jul 24, 2019 at 04:18 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

In the 60s and 70s when my Father taught me to repair things he taught me
how to torque head bolts. Following the torque stages when I pulled the final
torque (using Dial type) I was to hold the final torque for several seconds until
the handle stopped creeping and the bolt stopped turning. Now everyone
uses Click type and as soon as it clicks you stop. Can I still use a Dial type
and the technique I was taught on newer engines? (I'm ignoring TTY and
degree wheels for this question)

2 Answers


I don't see why not but you will get more accurate results by using a better grade torque wrench.


Old torque wrenches will still work just fine if you follow the procedure for that type of wrench.

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