Safe beyond the click?
When undoing a bolt, if the wrench clicks before the bolt starts to move, should I set the torque higher and re-try, or is it safe to keep going until the bolt is undone?
Can the wrench be damaged by continuing to pull harder after the click?
Every bolt or screw has a certain torque limit. If you exceed this limit you may end up damaging the bolt or screw or worse still, the bolt or screw may break. To answer your question, rather increase the torque wrench setting by a small margine at a time. Your chances of damaging the torque wrench will then be nil as you may cause damage by applying more force after the click. Do not exceed the maximum setting of the torque, rather use a spanner. The main function of a torque wrench is to ensure that the bolt or screw you are tightening is done to a specified torque setting.
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