3/8 DR Torque Wrench
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AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench

Part No. AC651 Warranty Details  
Accuracy:4%
Adjustment Increments:12 in-lbs.
Adjustment Type:Torque Increments (ft. lb.)
Calibration Method:180-540-960 in-lb
Color/Finish:Nickel / Chrome
Drive Size:0.375 in
Flex Head Type:No
Length:10.75 in
Maximum Torque:960 ft-lb
Ratcheting:Yes
Torque Range:120 in-lb - 960 in-lb
Type:Adjustable Click

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AutoCraft3/8 DR Torque Wrench
 
2.9

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good grip (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Limited function (4)

Best Uses

  • Automotive repair shop (5)
  • Regular maintenance (5)
  • Home (3)
  • Minor repairs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (7), Auto enthusiast (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You get what you pay for.

I bought this wrench for an exhaust manifold replacement. The size was perfect for getting in some of the tight spots.

The wrench is for 10-80 ft/lbs but the...Read complete review

I bought this wrench for an exhaust manifold replacement. The size was perfect for getting in some of the tight spots.

The wrench is for 10-80 ft/lbs but the scale is etched 120-960 in/lbs. Do the math people! It's not that hard.

I wish it came with a case. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is a little poor on the ratcheting. It hangs up if you go too fast and come a little off perpendicular. Best solution was to make sure you were as close to tight as comfortably possible with a regular wrench.

Overall for the price you can't beat it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Junk

One I got is labeled 10-80 ft pounds scale on the body is inch pounds scale on the handel is not inch pounds rachet mechanism is loose and no good. Whoever inspected this...Read complete review

One I got is labeled 10-80 ft pounds scale on the body is inch pounds scale on the handel is not inch pounds rachet mechanism is loose and no good. Whoever inspected this thing (110105163)needs to loose their job

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ADVANCE PARTS

By 

from Plainfield NJ

Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

1st of All I purchase this Yesterday and I been looking around for a good torque wrench but for a reasonable price, I seen some expensive torque wrenches for almost $200 and well I don't have that type of cash so I will shop for good and reasonable prices. As for the one I purchase it looks very good to me except it should have came in a plastic case so when done put it back when finished, but you get what you pay for. As for the product it self I will give it a shot and use it when needed especially for spark plug torque I have a 2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible v6 2.5 and I ordered 6 4+ platinum Bosch plugs through Pepboys becase Advance Auto did not carry the plugs anyway with a online Discount that Pepboys offered was 25% off the plugs which I payed 18 for 6. So now that you know the Vehicle I have that was my reason for the Torque Wrench, and yes I will get some use out of it, somewhere down the line I will buy another torque wrench maybe Digital who knows so Im happy and I will see how long this will last JUST SAYING ;-)

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4.0

I use for the firts time i like it.

By 

from New york

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Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

Is great tool now i can torque all the bolts correct i recomended.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Good for an Inexpensive Tool

By 

from Spring Hill, TN

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Grip
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Minor Repairs
    • Regular Maintenance

    Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

    The only issue was understanding the instructions for setting the torque. To set torque align the wrench handle at the setting (480) below your desired setting (540) then take the difference between that setting and the next higher setting (600 - 480 =120) and set the handle to (540 - 480) divided by 2 which is 5.

     
    4.0

    Good bargain

    By 

    from Midland, TX

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    3 or more reviews submitted

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fits In Tight Spaces
    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Diy On A Budget
    • Home
    • Minor Repairs
    • Regular Maintenance

    Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

    I've used this so far working on my suspension for the tight spaces my 1/2 in wouldn't fit. Ibplan on using it for doing my timing belt and valve cover gasket. So far it's held up well. You do need to keep an in-lbs to ft-lbs converter handy to make sure you set torque properly. Haven't had any issues with slippage on this. All in all not a bad buy for a DIY-er on a budget like me.

    (5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good starter torque wrench

    By 

    from Miami, FL

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    Pros

    • Feels Sturdy
    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Minor Repairs
    • Regular Maintenance

    Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

    As other reviews have stated, the instructions are short and cryptic. Take your time reading them, don't rush, and it should start to make sense after minute or two. Also, if you have no idea what a torque wrench is you should read up on it, or watch a youtube video. Trust me, it will make it much easier if you have never used one before, as was the case with me.

    The measurements are in inch/pounds, not foot/pounds. Again, pay attention and it isn't so hard to quickly dial up the right setting after using it once or twice.

    So, I used this today to put 20 ft/lbs of torque on the plug for my oil pan. I was somewhat skeptical based on mixed reviews and my own inexperience with torque wrenches, so I decided I would stop regardless if it felt like I was pushing too hard. Sure enough, just as I was about to stop, the wrench clicked. It really felt like it stopped right on the perfect torque of tight but not over-tight. At that moment, I was sold.

    The wrench feels sturdy in your hand, lightweight enough to use but not flimsy. The grip is solid, the controls work fine once you "get it", and I'll definitely be using it on more jobs in the near future.

    If you have never owned a torque wrench and don't want to spend a lot of money on one before you know what sort of things you like/dislike about certain torque wrenches, then this is a great choice.

    (10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Bad design - get a longer one

    By 

    from Kennett Sq, PA

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    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Too Short For It's Torque

    Best Uses

      Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

      I returned this wrench because it is too short for its 80 ft-lb torque. I had to nearly stand on it to get to 80.

      If you need a lower torque range, get a more precise wrench going down into in-lbs.

      If you need 80 ft-lb, get a longer wrench.

      (12 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      I do not recommend

      By 

      from Richmond, VA

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      3 or more reviews submitted

      Pros

      • Small For Tight Spaces

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Function
      • Scale Is Not Precise
      • Scale Requires Conversion

      Best Uses

      • Automotive Repair Shop

      Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

      Simply put, you get what you pay for and should have paid a bit more for a better product. Scale is not in ft/lbs and is not precise - you are at best "approximately" applying desired torque.

      (10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Buy

      By 

      from Danville, IL

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Grip
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

          This product has worked great for me. It was easy to use and did it's job getting the bolts to proper tightness.

          (18 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Once you figure it out, it works.

          By 

          from Fayetteville, NC

          Helpful Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Automotive Repair Shop

          Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

          Mechanically, this product does exactly what its supposed to do at a reasonable price. However...

          Only if you can figure it out on your own because the instructions were written by someone who needs to either be kicked on the throat, fired, or deported. they assumed you would just magically know what to do. Nowhere does it say that the increments between 1,2,3,4, etc. are by 12's. It only gives you a three step example without any kind of explanation. Having said that, to make sense of the instruction, every tick mark numbered 1,2,3, etc. stands for 12's, not 10's. Maybe those experienced know this intuitively but if you are writing instruction for a product, you can't assume everyone who needs instructions is experienced, hence the need for instruction, DUH!

          (13 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Works Well (if you know how to use it)

          By 

          from Groton, CT

          About Me Casual Driver

          Verified Buyer
          Helpful Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Grip

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

            I have three problems with this device, all of which may just be a "me" problem:

            The increments are in inch-pounds vice the "what I previously believed to be" standard foot-pounds. Whenever I use this product I will have to convert to inch-pounds and pray I did it correctly.

            The directions seem to be a little vague on how to dial in the proper torque. There's an assumption "somewhere" but I'm not sure where. If I lose the instruction booklet, the tool will soon find it's way into the trash shortly thereafter. Doesn't seem right...

            Last of all, I'm not sure what is supposed to happen when I hit the desired torque limit. I bought this to put a spark plug into a small engine and the device felt as if it would let me apply all the torque I wanted (Need another 16 inch-pounds of torque? Well you can have it..."). This is most likely operator error and I didn't feel like turning random bolts to test the wrench so good luck to me.

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            • Q:

              How do adjust and set this wrench?
              Asked on 9/22/2016 by Billie from Seminole, Ok.

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Hi Billie, I'm glad to assist you! This Torque Wrench - Part No. AC651 has a lock nut that allows for adjustment of the torque level. This nut spins easily and locks firmly. The 14"-inch shaft is chrome vanadium steel with a textured handle.

                Answered on 9/23/2016 by Solomon from AAP
            • Q:

              Does this wrench come with a plastic case or box to store it in and protect it?
              Asked on 7/11/2015 by DIY Jim from Pennington, NJ

              2 answers

              • A:

                No case

                Answered on 5/13/2016 by Big al from West palm bch
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                A:

                No, DIY, this part does not come with a storage case.

                Answered on 7/13/2015 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              what is the warranty on the wrench?
              Asked on 5/13/2014 by Josh

              1 answer

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                A:

                Hi Josh, glad to assist you! This part comes with 1 year replacement warranty if defective.

                Answered on 5/13/2014 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              I purchased this wrench to torque spark plugs in my car.The torque is supposed to be 168 inch pounds but when i tried to set the wrench according to the instructions,the revolving adjustment diden't go all the way to the 120 inch pound mark,as instructed.I diden't know weather to go to next full revolution to zero, or stop short of the 120 inch pound mark.
              Asked on 4/17/2014 by Dan from Lehigh Acres FL.

              1 answer

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                A:

                Hi Dan! If you are unable to turn the wrench past 120 lbs, and the locking mechanism is not engaged then the part may be defective. I apologize for the inconvenience and I recommend that you check with the stores for an exchange.

                Answered on 4/18/2014 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
            • Q:

              thie wrench i bought was made in tawain not germany i would not have bought if i knew this
              Asked on 12/27/2013 by tom from pgh pa

              1 answer

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                A:

                hi Tom, glad to assist you! Advance Auto Parts does sell Made in the USA products as well as products manufactured from many other countries in order to keep our pricing competitive. Please also keep in mind that many suppliers have multiple manufacturing plants that could result in different countries of origin for the same part.

                Answered on 1/2/2014 by Steve from AAP
            • Q:

              what is the torque scale on this ? I need lower than 120 in lb
              Asked on 5/23/2012 by Anonymous

              1 answer

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                A:

                The specification of this part Autocraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench, Part No. AC651: 3/8" Drive, Capacity Range: 88-708 in lb / 10-80 Nm.
                For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                Answered on 5/23/2012 by Aaron from AAP
            • Q:

              is this tool made in the usa?
              Asked on 5/9/2012 by Anonymous

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                No, this Autocraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench (Part No. AC651) is made in Germany. For any further assistance please feel free to call 1-877-238-2623 and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                Answered on 5/11/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
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