Actually, it may not go high enough. Those gunsmith's 'screwdriver style' torque drivers are made for very low value torque settings on applications like scope mounts, trigger assemblies, etc.Im going to do my yearly oil change next weekend. I've done it a few times with success but those four bolts that fasten the oil filter always give me anxiety.
I bought the torque wrench in the link below. I'm not sure if I want to temp fate and use it or just stick with what worked in the past...using my wrench and not tightening in excess. I kind of think the below torque wrench does not even go low enough for these bolts and using my hand would still be the best bet.
I haven't had any of these oil filter cover screws* break, and that's after numerous filter changes. As for those who have had them break, no doubt it is due to applying too much torque. In some cases owners were using a 3/8" drive torque wrench, which is way too large for this application. Hard to believe, but I recall reading a post here of at least one owner using a 1/2" drive torque wrench.Why are there not any aftermarket bolts if these things snap so easily?
A bolt gets threaded into a nut; a screw doesn't.* Also worth noting is that they are not really "bolts"... rather they are considered screws. Honda's parts list diagrams refer to them as screws. I'm not aware of a hard and fast definition of what is considered a screw vs. a bolt, but from what I've seen it seems that in terms of thread size anything 8mm and smaller is considered to be a screw. Whereas a fastener with a 10mm thread or larger would be considered a bolt.