The M15 features a Pointed, hard spring steel beam that gives precise readings while resisting bending; Torque measurements calibrated in SAE & Metric; Deflection beam torque wrenches do not wear or fatigue over the lifetime of the tool insuring increased accuracy; 60in/lbs. Maximum Torque; 0-80 Working Torque; 0-7 Newton meters; Accurate measurements Clockwise or Counterclockwise; Corrosion Resistant; High-Contrast Dual Range Scale (Easy to read in low light); Can be used for rear differential, gunsmithing, and preload on pinion bearings where a click type torque wrench won't cut it. Also use it while tightening seat post clamp on carbon fiber bicycles or torqueing plastic intake manifolds. Use the M15 when need to measure break away torque.
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Couple of slight down points: The pointer wasn't exactly on zero and the black plastic ball on the end comes off if pulled. Minor issues but thought I should point them out. Will raise my review to 5 stars later if the tool holds up over time.
Note: The zeroed pointer issue is addressed in the instructions and they recommend you simply bend the pointer bar slightly to zero the tool.
- Due to the difficulty of this repair and the fact that you have to get it right to even get the car running again, I decided to get the torque angle tool. Also. The cylinder head bolts are torque to yield (tty) and any wrong tightening would lead to stripping of the threads, bolts or worse. This tool (used together with a torque wrench) eliminates this possibility of error.
- The tool comes with some sparse instructions as to how you use it.
- I purchased a special tool, M10 that is specific for VW Jetta cylinder head bolts. This is the tool that you use to remove and install the cylinder head bolts.
- Following the manufacturer's instructions on how to instal the cylinder head bolts (I used the Haynes Manual) I tightened the cylinder head bolts to 40 ft/lbs. this tightening needed a 90 degree further tightening. This is where the torque angle tool comes in. You set it to zero degrees and in conjunction with a torque wrench, torque the bolts to the specs recommended by the manufacturer. You then tighten the bolts upto the 90 degree mark.
- I hope the pictures I have posted will help. Good luck with your repair!
1. Torque wrenches tend to be most accurate when at the upper end of their range. Think about what you will use it for, and the wrench's range when shopping.
2. On 1/4" torque wrenches, go real slow when tightening something. Prevent you from snapping a bolt. Just use three fingers to turn most of the time. No need to muscle it, and go s-l-o-w.
The adapter can be set to show the torque being applied, to hold the highest torque, or to indicate when approaching a preset torque. Up to ten torque settings can be preset so you don't have to enter commonly used torques all the time, although it is easy to do. Pressing one button will scroll through the preset torques. When within 70% of the selected preset torque a beeping sound is heard and a red led begins to flash. The frequency of this beeping and flashing will increase as the target torque is approached until both become constant as the target torque is reached. The torque range is 30-150 ft/lbs but I entered 175 in/lbs as a preset, about 14.5 ft/lbs and it seemed to work with no problems. Checked it with a click type torque wrench.
The adapter is guaranteed for one year. There are no moving parts. Just a strain gauge, LED, and whatever electronics to convert the strain gauge reading to a output display on the LED. The plastic housing seems to be good quality. Treat it like a accurate measuring tool and seems like it should work for a long time.