A common question from people is whether they can use a torque wrench as a breaker bar. This article will explain the similarities and differences between these two tools, so you can make an informed decision about which one to buy!
Torque Wrench vs. Breaker Bar
A torque wrench and a breaker bar are both tools used to tighten bolts. The primary difference between the two is that a torque wrench provides accurate tightening measurements, which can be crucial for certain jobs like engine work or suspension replacements where you want everything lined up perfectly. Moreover, the torque wrench is easier to use than a breaker bar.
Can You Use A Torque Wrench As A Breaker Bar?
The answer is yes. You can use a torque wrench as a breaker bar. Torque wrenches are adjustable, so it is possible to adjust the amount of force applied to loosen or tighten bolts. This simply requires that you calibrate the wrench after switching between tightening and loosening jobs.
However, there are two potential problems with using an impact wrench this way: firstly, it will take much longer than if you were doing the job manually because applying even 100 ft-lbs (in low range) takes more time than simply turning the bolt by hand.
Secondly, overstressing fasteners by over-torquing them may result in stripped threads that require replacing entire components like axles or control arms instead of just new nuts and bolts.
Something most people don’t have the tools or talent to do. This is why most people prefer using a breaker bar instead of an impact wrench when switching between tightening and loosening tasks, even though it takes longer.
However, if you are only working on one component at a time, then there’s no reason not to use your torque wrench as a breaker bar since you won’t be causing any damage by doing so. Just make sure that it’s calibrated for each job first! You can also see our post on removing castle nuts without a wrench and using regular sockets with an impact wrench if you need more help.