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I stored my click torque wrench in a mid-high setting. Is it ruined?

If you have one of these, you could easily test it yourself. I admit: this is not the most accurate way to measure the callibration, but it's probably the easiest way to give you a rough idea. (Image ...
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Impact sockets with a Torque wrench reduce accuracy?

Short answer : no, you can't apply the force suddenly enough to make the socket flex to make a difference - what can skew the readings or, at least, the torque applied is friction between the nut or ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Cutting them down to size is about your only option, unless you want to carry a separate combination wrench (spanner). If you want to cut the threads cleanly, don't use a bolt cutter. The way to go is ...
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What is the disadvantage of using impact sockets on a hand wrench?

Impact sockets I have had were thicker than standard sockets so there may be a few locations which are not accessible with impact sockets. But I think the primary reason is to get customers to buy two ...
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What socket fits the Catalytic-converter-to-Exhaust-manifold stud?

It's called a double D or shock absorber socket
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Getting impact wrench into narrow space

An “extension wrench” or “offset extension wrench” could be the tool you are looking for. For example, a 1/2" Professional Tite-Reach Extension Wrench. I am not affiliated with Tite-Reach. Their ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

I agree with the answer by @Paulster2. However if you don't want to do any sawing, grinding or filing, you could buy a suitable box spanner, for example - Product details from that website - Make ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

The answers from Paulster2 and HandyHowie both provide viable solutions, but if neither option appeals to you, make a spacer. Remove one nut and find a short length of pipe or metal conduit that will ...
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I stored my click torque wrench in a mid-high setting. Is it ruined?

Buy a beam-type torque wrench. It is the way these click-type torque wrenches are calibrated, because beam-type torque wrenches never go out of calibration. You can use the beam-type wrench whenever ...
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Loosening tire lug nuts with a torque wrench

Because it's not designed to loosen them. It's a cardinal rule of torque wrenches. You will screw up the calibration by doing so. A torque wrench is meant to be a precision instrument, not a breaker ...
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Different type of E-torx Sockets

It looks like your socket is Torx, but your spanner (and the bolt) are the newer Torx Plus design. Torx Plus was introduced in abut 1990, when the original Torx patents were going to expire. It has an ...
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Removing stuck bolts- manual ratchet vs. pneumatic impact ratchet

Impact is better. It vibrates and reverse hammers in between each hammer (weakly). This helps break up corrosion that may freeze a nut in place.
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Removing stuck bolts- manual ratchet vs. pneumatic impact ratchet

While you run the risk of breaking the bolt in either case, I've had good results using an impact driver when removing such fasteners.
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What range torque wrench for automotive work?

In my experience you need at least two: 1/2" torque wrench which covers you from about 40 lb-ft. to around 150. Things like lug nuts, suspension bolts, cylinder heads, etc. A 3/8" torque ...
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Digital torque adapters minimum setting

The reason of why the range is limited may be because those sensors do not have a linear response and accuracy will decrease sharply below and above the declared range. Mechanical torque wrenches have ...
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Do I need to use a torque wrench for wheel lug nuts and brake caliper bolt?

Using a torque wrench for both of these is good standard practice. Do you absolutely need to use it for these? No. But the outcome may not be what you desired. It's important to use a torque wrench ...
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what is a Shock Absorber's Tightening Torque?

As Mike said in the comments, shoot for somewhere in between. Set your torque wrench and forget it. As long as you are hitting a number in between the specifications, your car and shock absorber will ...
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Impact sockets with a Torque wrench reduce accuracy?

Impact sockets are exactly as you describe them (This Ingersoll Rand Tool Tip provides info.) Don't let the idea of the impact socket being more pliable fool you. The main idea of the impact socket ...
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What range torque wrench for automotive work?

Do you have a workshop manual for the Dakota? That should have a table of all the required torque values for the car. In my experience, most torque values on a car are somewhere in the middle, so a ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Like almost everybody else, I defer to Paulster2's answer: a U-bolt is a stock item made to one of a number of sizes, none of which was quite right for the application. However: is the wheel dished ...
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Average human force and torque wrench length

I have a torque wrench of the same dimensions that you are talking about and can operate it without a problem. While I can pick up a weights a lot heavier than 72lb (32kg), you will find that ...
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Removing bolt by hand without stripping head

First buy yourself a set of 6 point sockets. The box wrenches shown are minimum capability and even look thin for box wrenches ( are junk.) . Although good box wrenches ( significantly thicker than ...
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What is the disadvantage of using impact sockets on a hand wrench?

My guess is to avoid liability of damaging your hand tools. When you use regular sockets and hand tools on a stuck nut, most likely the socket would be broken first. However, when you use impact ...
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unscrew the over-tightened nuts from a Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Limited

A cross type lug wrench will work better. You pull up on one side and down on the other so it only applies torque with no bending moment as your wrench. Crosses have 3 or 4 different size sockets , ...
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Does a digital torque adapter requires calibration?

Yes they do. Annually at least, and the good ones are sold with calibration certificates from new.
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Do I need to use a torque wrench for wheel lug nuts and brake caliper bolt?

Good responses above. Few things I have learned along my journey: If you tighten too much, you can warp wheel rim, or brake rotor If you tighten too much, you can weaken bolts via stretching, it is ...
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Do I need to use a torque wrench for wheel lug nuts and brake caliper bolt?

About lug nuts only: having and using a torque wrench is not enough. You have to also use it properly. I once wanted to torque my wheels to 120 or 130 Nm (the correct torque is 110 Nm, I remembered it ...
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