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
Drive Size(s):0.375 in
Finish:Nickel / Chrome
Flex:No
Length:10.75 in
Maximum Capacity:960 in lbs
Ratcheting:Yes
Torque Range:120 in lb - 960 in lb
Type:Adjustable Click

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AutoCraft3/8 DR Torque Wrench
 
2.8

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

48%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good grip (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Automotive repair shop (5)
  • Regular maintenance (4)
  • Home (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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4.0

Good bargain

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from Midland, TX

About Me Avid Diy

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.

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(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good starter torque wrench

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from Miami, FL

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Level 2

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.

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(10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad design - get a longer one

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from Kennett Sq, PA

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Level 2

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.

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    (12 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I do not recommend

    By 

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Casual Driver

    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.

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    (10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Buy

    By 

    from Danville, IL

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    Level 2

    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.

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        (17 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Once you figure it out, it works.

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        from Fayetteville, NC

        Level 2

        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!

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        (13 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Works Well (if you know how to use it)

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        from Groton, CT

        About Me Casual Driver

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        Level 2

        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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          (14 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Terrible instructions for 1st time users

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          from Herndon, VA

          Verified Buyer
          Level 2

          Pros

          • Good price

          Cons

          • Bad Instructions
          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

            This tool needs to be used with finesse. When ready to torque, the wrench needs to be pulled very slowly until the release/click is felt. However, the instructions don't mention this clearly and leave the impression that it will actually start slipping when the desired torque is reached. This could lead to over-tightening, doing damage to the threads and possibly snapping the bolt, as it happend to me.

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            (11 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            torque too much

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            from tampa FL

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer
            Level 2

            Pros

            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

            range of torque is to high for tighting nuts for gasket, lowest torque in this setting is 120 in/lbs. would not use this for toque on valve cover gasket, oil pan or transmission pan

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            (15 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            all right for the price

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            from VA beach, VA

            About Me Auto Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Automotive Repair Shop

                Comments about AutoCraft 3/8 DR Torque Wrench:

                had it for abt 2 yrs & it worked fine. keep in mind each notch is 12 in/lbs with two zero's on the dial. it apparently had the head screw loose using it last nite & popped something out of place. now it won't turn. tried re-assembling it but a pin popped out the back when i tightened it. now that i have a choice, i'll try another brand.

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                • 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

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                    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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