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Car is a civic vti 99.

I don't believe body panels have a recommended torque setting, am I right?

If you fit body parts loosely or tightly will both be ok or might they fly off when driving? I've been turning until they are loosely tight and then I just push it 5 mm more and I think this is considered hand tight. However I notice i can actually apply force and keep pushing for a while. Today I discovered one of the bolts I did yesterday were loose though this could have been due to placing the wrong bolt. size.

  • Really, they should be tight. Tight just shy of the point where you'll strip or break something. Hand tight will encourage stuff to fall off. If you're not looking for a weight reduction program for you car, don't go hand tight ... make them tight. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 14 '18 at 0:26
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    The key to knowing how tightly a fastener should be is to turn it until the head snaps off, then back off a half turn. – fred_dot_u Sep 14 '18 at 0:38
  • @fred_dot_u how does one know a fastener head has snapped off? Is it when the cracking sound comes? I heard and felt this however I thought I was damaging something so I laid off. i thought I was damaging because I previously done the same on plastic and it cracked. Are you saying it's ok to do on steel? – James Wilson Sep 14 '18 at 1:53
  • @JamesWilson fred_dot_u was joking. Don't over-tighten them, you will either break or weaken the fasteners. The bolts need to be tight, but knowing how tight is something you just get a feel for with experience. Unless torque settings are specified you need to use your judgement based on the size of the fastener and what it is made of. – HandyHowie Sep 14 '18 at 7:03

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