Hypothetical* question - please advise - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-20-2012, 06:48 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 24
jarksmile is on a distinguished road
Hypothetical* question - please advise

Supposing I couldn't fit a torque wrench in the given space to properly tighten my front diff cover after a fluid change today... worst that could happen?

*it's not hypothetical, I was able to torque maybe half of them and then the ones on the top-right are all hand-cranked.

Should I have taken some of the suspension bars off first?
jarksmile is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
Atthehop's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NW, NJ
Posts: 4,053
Atthehop is on a distinguished road
Just snug the bolts.

Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
Atthehop is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
AC0QR's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Reston, VA
Posts: 245
AC0QR is on a distinguished road
I've taken my diff covers off about a gazillion times, I've always just hand-snugged them down with a 3/8" ratchet, and never had a problem.
Always Remember: Safety Third!
AC0QR is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
Owen_TJ's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 4,884
Owen_TJ is on a distinguished road
I'm with the others...

just snug the bolts and you'll be fine
Owen_TJ is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 07:46 PM   #5
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 42,420
Jerry Bransford is on a distinguished road
First, whatever you do don't use a 1/2" ratchet drive to tighten them. That big of a wrench can easily overtighten the bolts and shear one off if you're not careful.

Use a 3/8" ratchet wrench or a standard length open-end wrench and just snug them down fairly firm... that size wrench is sized properly to allow you to get all the bolts tight enough without overtightening them. The cover only has to be on tight enough to hold a quart of gear lube without leaking, it's not a structural part so the bolts don't need to be that tight.
When you have a choice, buy American.
Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 07:53 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 24
jarksmile is on a distinguished road
Thanks everyone, that helps ease my mind a lot!

I have a 1/2 drive torque wrench but stopped turning them when it clicked at me. The 3\8 ratchet was only one I had that would fit up along the top of the cover anyway.

...should have seen the gunk inside there today, I've only had the Jeep a few short months and haven't been wailing on it while I find time for some of this routine maintenance. I would be astounded if the PO changed the fluid in there in the last several years..
Thank you all!
jarksmile is offline   Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 08:50 PM   #7
jgorm's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,924
jgorm is on a distinguished road
I just guestimate for most bolts that need less than 50 ftlbs. I use the required tq to determine what wrench I use, and if I choke up on it or not. 15 ftlbs would be a 3/8" ratchet, choked up near the top and turning it 'hard'.

my 06 LJ rubicon
2.5" SL, 1" BL, DIY highline, 35s with double beadlocks.
jgorm is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jeep Engine swap question brown.jasonc TJ General Discussion Forum 6 03-08-2012 03:21 PM
4 inch lift kit question 04wrangler24 TJ General Discussion Forum 13 02-22-2012 09:18 PM
silly question but- how do I open soft top ? pastorscott TJ General Discussion Forum 17 02-20-2012 11:37 PM
Newbie question the pros and cons of the leaf spring? Grizzlycb YJ Tech Forum 3 02-20-2012 08:18 PM
Another wheel question Duck fan JK General Discussion Forum 1 02-20-2012 07:08 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:24 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner