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Old 08-21-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question Overtightening bolts

So yesterday i took the cover off my air box to check my air filter. I was putting back the 7 bolts using a ratchet, but i was holding it by the head so I wouldn't over tighten them. I noticed that the plastic started cracking because I overtightened it. WTF! How do you know what is too tight and what is too loose, am I just an idiot? My manual doesn't have a torque spec for some bolts.
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Once the plastic over then engine is heat cycled quite a few times it gets a little brittle....usually you just have to snug those since bolts in plastic have a tendency to have better vibration resistance
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Good awareness holding the head of the ratchet; I usually use drivers to prevent any thoughtless over torquing.
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