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Old 03-02-2012, 07:45 AM   #77
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Originally Posted by kam327 View Post
Thanks for making an attempt to clarify, but I have hand tightened the drain plug (ok, with a crescent wrench, but still just judging the tightness by feel) forever. I think we're starting to overthink things...
I just wanted to make sure someone unfamiliar with the process doesn't misunderstand and try to hand-tighten their drain plug. By definition, hand-tight does not involve a wrench.

Handī-tight` (~tīt`)
a. 1. As tight as can be made by the hand; as, to tighten the nut hand-tight.
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Originally Posted by kam327 View Post
And I really highly doubt the jiffy lube guys are looking up the torque specs for each and every car they service and getting their recently-calibrated torque wrench out of its box to tighten the frackin' drain plug.
Exactly why I wrote the guide in the first place. It's a perfectly valid question if you've never done an oil change and don't have a reference point. I also tighten the bolt with a wrench by feel. For those who are inexperienced, getting a "feel" for the torque needed with a torque wrench first, is probably a good idea.
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