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Torque Wrenches

Whether you’re simply changing a wheel or working on a crucial component in the drivetrain or suspension system, you’ll need a torque wrench that allows you to measure and limit the amount of force you’re applying to a fixing. Failure to adequately torque a bolt could mean it works its way loose or if you tighten it too much you could cause expensive damage. Torque wrenches are an essential piece of kit for professional mechanics and car enthusiasts.

Make sure tightened nuts and bolts stay that way with our wide range of torque wrenches, available in a range of sizes including 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch, from leading brands like TENGWera and Sealey.

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WERA Safe-Torque A1 Torque Wrench 2-12Nm 1/4"
This versatile torque wrench from Wera offers controlled...
WERA Safe-Torque A1 Torque Wrench 2-12Nm 1/4"WERA Safe-Torque A1 Torque Wrench 2-12Nm 1/4"
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Torque Wrenches

What is a torque wrench?

Torque is a measure of rotational force — the same twisting force you use when you screw the lid onto a jam jar. A torque wrench is a hand tool that adjusts nuts, bolts and screws to a specific torque. The difference between a torque wrench and a basic wrench is that a torque wrench can tell you how much force is being applied to its handle. Tightening fastenings to the correct tension is essential for safety and optimal performance, particularly in automotive settings.

Each vehicle will have its own torque specifications set by the manufacturer and the proper torque must be applied to avoid fixings becoming loose or dangerous, and to prevent damaging parts by overtightening. You can adjust torque wrenches by hand. Just turn the settings to the specific level of torque required and use the tightener on the end of the handle to lock it in place. After you’ve finished using it, turn the settings on the handle back to 0. We also advise getting your torque wrench calibrated at least once a year to ensure it remains accurate.

What are the benefits of using a torque wrench?

When it comes to tightening automotive bolts and nuts, getting the correct tension is crucial for optimal safety and performance. The torque wrench is the only hand tool that can bring just the right application of pressure. But what else makes this tool such a godsend in the garage or on the jobsite?


Using a torque wrench can help you tighten nuts and bolts to the manufacturer’s exact recommendation, essential for safety and reducing the chance of problems.

Easy to use

You don’t need to be a mechanical expert to use a torque wrench — even an unskilled apprentice can complete important tasks using this tool. There is not too much effort required to tighten bolts or nuts either, preventing muscle strain and fatigue.


A standard wrench won’t consistently tighten all bolts to the same point, which you’ll need to ensure your work is structurally sound. A torque wrench, however, can ensure each nut and bolt is just as tight as the last one — a huge benefit when working on repetitive tasks.

Prevent problems

If you overtighten a bolt or nut, you could strip the metal and cause damage. If you don’t tighten enough, fittings can come loose. A torque wrench helps prevent accidental damage and over-tightening by applying the exact torque required.

What are the different sizes of torque wrench?

At ToolStore UK we offer a range of torque wrenches in different sizes. For changing tyres and other general mechanical work, a 1/2-inch torque wrench should do the job. With a working range of 40 to 80NM, this size wrench is the perfect choice for tightening wheel nuts. A 1/4-inch torque wrench is a good option for anything with a smaller motor — such as mopeds and motorcycles. For engine repairs, including tightening spark plugs, a 3/8-inch torque is the necessary size. If you’re unsure, the team at ToolStore UK is on hand to help.