I normally don't buy tools at Harbor Freight but they do have some decent tools at great prices, especially when you are only going to use them once in a while. I use the torque wrench about 3 times a year, now maybe 6 times a year with the oil changes, so I am not about to pay $100 or so for a top shelf torque wrench in each of three different sizes. The wrenches I got from Harbor Freight are made by Pittsburg tools, chrome vanadium stainless steel, lifetime warranty, and accurate to +/- 4% which is more than good enough for my limited use. And the 3/8" wrench was on sale today for $14.99 too! See this site which has some very favorable reviews of these torque wrenches: Spanky's Place | Pittsburg Tools 20-200 inch lb torque wrenchNothing like buying cheap "Made in China" tools to get the job done right! A good quality, calibrated torque wrench is going to cost more than $19.99. I have been changing my own oil for over 40 years, and I have yet to use a torque wrench on an oil pan drain plug. Don't sweat the small stuff!
Yep, that is what they sell. I just tested all 3 of the torque wrenches (1/4", 3/8", 1/2") and each one is reasonably accurate, works fine, and was easy to use. A great value for the money. I am not saying these are the same as Craftsman tools or anything, just that they work well and are a good value for the money. I have a garage full of Craftsman tools and they are worth every dime since I use them often. I also have plenty of other top name brand tools: Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Dewalt, etc. so I appreciate a good quality tool. This is why I was so surprised at how good the Pittsburgh torque wrenches are from Harbor Freight - an excellent value for the money. Before you slam them again why don't you check them out? You might be surprised. Now if you are just going to reply and tell me they are made in China again don't bother. I already know that and I could care less where they are made as long as they work as intended.Don't mean to beat a dead horse, but Harbor Freight sells Pittsburgh...not Pittsburg...and I would bet that somewhere on that shiny tool it will say made in China. Oh well, so do the shoes I'm wearing...............
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Good info, thanks. I had considered ramps but decided against them for the following reasons:Oh, and I almost forgot. I use 4 wheel ramps (two pairs, sold by the pair) and drive my truck up on them to change the oil. It keeps the truck level for draining and are a snap to use. Your jack stands will work equivalently if they keep the truck level so you get a good oil drain.
I too was reminded of why I pay for it. Not worth my time and aggrevation. I have a Toyota dealership I have been dealing with for years and trust them to do the job right. Only dealership I know that has come in UNDER the estimate and actually told me they didn't need certain parts. Small price to pay for extra time with the family.Best thread I've read in a long time. And a perfect reminder of why I don't change my own oil any more (but then again one of my best buddies owns a garage). Well, time to head to Harbor Freight just for the hell of it.
I was calling around and asked what they did for the plan and was told they add grease to the boots, maybe the drive shaft boots?I didn't look when I changed my oil but is there anything to lube. My last 3 vehicles didn't have anything that had a zerk fitting. I haven't used my grease gun in so long it may have rusted up