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Old 04-01-2020, 12:09 AM
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Can't fit torque wrench over control arm bolt

Hey guys, as the title says I'm having trouble fitting my torque wrench and socket over the rear control arm bolts (Chassis ends not hub ends) to torque them down. I'm thinking of giving them a couple ugga duggas and calling it a day, but wanted to see what you guys thought?
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Post a picture, so someone can help. There are always some tools available to make the job easier.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:48 AM
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Yeah, those are generally a torque-by-feel thing, for that reason.
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Buy a crow's foot and do the math. (Or skip the math, if you can position the adapter at 90 to the wrench beam.) "Torque by feel" isn't the best approach for suspension bolts you might never touch again...unless they fail.
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Crow's feet are inadvisable at 100+ Nm. It's important not to rely on torque wrenches for EVERYTHING. Any decent mechanic should be able to torque 95% of fasteners by feel and use torque wrenches mainly for comfirmation and anal retention.
You might be disappointed to find out how little professional mechanics use torque wrenches.
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The above is why I seldom if ever bring my car to a mechanic. Having had too many half assed repairs done by a "pro" and been wallet flushed by them, I learned to DIY.

BMW wouldn't put a torque spec on a fastener if it didn't need one. Torque wrenches were made for a reason, so learn to use them.
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Crow's feet are inadvisable at 100+ Nm. It's important not to rely on torque wrenches for EVERYTHING. Any decent mechanic should be able to torque 95% of fasteners by feel ....
Inadvisable why? According to whom? 100 Nm is nothing for a quality tool that's the right size for the load.

Any decent mechanic knows not to rely on feel when torquing critical fasteners. Suspension attachments are critical fasteners.

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You might be disappointed to find out how little professional mechanics use torque wrenches.
Neither disappointed nor surprised: "Professional" does not automatically equate to "skilled". Plenty of hacks drawing a paycheck shouldn't be allowed to reassemble anything more complex than a little red wagon without supervision.
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